Child Injury Lawyer in Charlottesville, VA
Each year, millions of children suffer injuries that are the result of accidents. In many cases, these accidents are entirely preventable. They were caused by someone else’s negligence, disregard for safety, or intentional acts.
Children are especially susceptible to accidents because they are still physically and emotionally developing and may not have the judgment to recognize dangerous situations.
The Charlottesville child injury lawyer at Kendall Law Firm works to help Virginia families seek full compensation and justice when their children suffer serious physical and emotional harm as a result of an accident caused by someone else.
If your child has been injured as a result of someone’s negligence or misconduct, don’t wait another day to inform yourself about your legal rights to seek compensation for your child.
At Kendall Law Firm, we offer a free, no-obligation consultation to you and your family so that you have information about your legal rights to enable you to make well-informed decisions.
We represent clients on a contingency fee basis. That means we do not get paid unless we recover compensation for you and your child through a negotiated settlement or jury award. We offer multiple convenient locations for you to meet with our child injury attorneys.
If circumstances prevent you and your family from meeting at our office we can arrange to meet with you at your home or at the hospital, or via telephone or videoconference. Our firm is proud of our track record of results.
Contact Kendall Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Charlottesville child injury attorneys.
Child Injury Statistics
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that unintentional injuries to children are the leading cause of death for children. Every year, more than 9.2 million children are admitted to hospitals for injuries. More than 12,000 children die each year due to fatal injuries.
Male children were twice as likely as female children to suffer fatal injuries across all age groups. The leading cause of fatal injury for infants was suffocation. For toddlers, it was drowning, and for other children, it was motor vehicle accidents.
According to the National Institutes of Health, the most common causes of child injury are:
- Motor vehicle accidents: In children ages 5 to 19, motor vehicle accidents including pedestrian and bicycle accidents are the leading cause of fatal injury. Every hour, approximately 150 children visit emergency rooms due to injuries from car accidents and other vehicle accidents.
- Suffocation: Infants are most likely to suffocate while sleeping, while toddlers are most likely to suffocate from choking on food or small objects such as toys.
- Drowning: Drowning is the most common cause of death of children aged 1 to 4. Three children die each day due to drowning.
- Poisoning: Every day, more than 300 children end up in emergency rooms due to poisoning. Two of those children will die due to poisoning.
- Burns: Approximately 300 children each day visit the emergency room due to burns, with two children each day dying from severe burns and smoke inhalation. Younger children are more likely to suffer burns from hot liquid or steam, while older children are more likely to suffer burns due to direct contact with fire.
- Falls: The most common cause of nonfatal injuries for children, fall injuries send more than 8,000 children to emergency rooms each year.
Situations That Can Result In Injuries To Children
As much as we try, it isn’t always possible to keep our children safe from injuries. Many kids lead highly active lifestyles, in addition to facing the risks of injury that we all face, such as motor vehicle accidents. Some of the most common causes of injuries to children include:
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of fatal injuries for children, and the leading cause of fatal injury for older children. Children can easily become victims of auto accidents while running across the street, or while riding a bicycle, scooter, or skateboard.
Children can be injured while a passenger in a vehicle. When children obtain their driver’s license, they are at risk of injury in traffic accidents due to their inexperience behind the wheel.
Falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injury for children. Younger children are especially at risk for falls as they continue to develop their motor skills and coordination.
Many children run, play sports, and are active all day long. Due to their youth and inexperience, children may not appreciate the dangers and hazards of wherever they may be running or playing, easily leading them to slip or trip and fall.
Playgrounds are a great space for children to play and be active, but they are also are a place where many child injuries occur. Playgrounds can be especially risky with respect to injuries if the playground equipment is not properly maintained.
Children also can injure themselves if they are not adequately supervised on the playground while at school.
Unfortunately, too many children are victims of child abuse, leaving them with physical and emotional injuries. Younger children are especially at risk of injury from child abuse. They lack the ability to defend themselves or to report the abuse to another adult.
Abuse can take the form of neglect, such as the failure to provide adequate nutrition, hygiene, or healthcare. A child may develop a traumatic brain injury from being violently shaken, a condition known as shaken baby syndrome.
Other causes of childhood injuries include swimming pool accidents such as slips/trips-and-falls or drownings, poisoning accidents due to consumption of toxic household chemicals, or burns due to exposure to stoves or ovens or open fires.
Pool owners are responsible for securing their pools with fences and gates or pool covers so that young children cannot gain access to the pool without adult supervision and drown.
Injuries To Children
Kids lead active lives. As a result, they are at risk of suffering all different kinds of injuries.
Some of the common types of injuries that children suffer include cuts/scrapes/bruises, back and shoulder pain due to carrying heavy bags, strains and sprains from activities and sports, damaged teeth, dislocated joints, as well as:
Broken bones are among the most common injuries suffered by children. Broken hands, wrists, arms, and shoulders are some of the more common fractures suffered by children, as everyone instinctively throws their arms and hands out to break a fall.
Broken bones may occur in a car accident or playground accident. If another driver caused an accident that injured your child, you may have a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance for your child’s medical bills.
Concussions/Traumatic Brain Injury
As many as two million concussions and traumatic brain injuries are suffered by children across the U.S. each year. Head and traumatic brain injuries are suffered by children during sports and recreational activities, such as biking, skateboarding, football, baseball, soccer, and basketball.
Children should be monitored after any blow to the head. The symptoms of a head or traumatic brain injury can take minutes or hours to show. Symptoms of brain injuries include dizziness and disorientation, blurry vision, persistent headache, and loss of consciousness.
Contact A Virginia Child Injury Lawyer
When your child has suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional acts in Virginia, you and your family may be entitled to seek compensation on behalf of your child.
The Charlottesville child injury attorney of the Kendall Law Firm is here to help you and your child seek a full financial recovery. Since 2009, our law firm has helped Virginia families seek compensation to help pay for medical treatment and for their child’s pain and suffering.
Our firm knows what it takes to fight for the rights of our clients. Our attorney David Kendall is a Virginia native and U.S. Marine Corps veteran who has dedicated his life to serving others and defending the rights of innocent people.
Our founding partner, David Kendall, also served as a Judge Advocate General in the Marine Corps, after which he practiced personal injury law in Central Virginia for 21 years before opening the Kendall Law Firm to serve the people of Charlottesville and throughout central Virginia. Our firm does not represent large corporations or insurance companies.
We focus solely on representing people who have been injured due to someone else’s acts or negligence.
Our firm strives to provide our clients with excellent legal representation. We work to get to know you, your family, and your case, so that we can focus our representation on what is most important to you.
We have office locations to serve you in Charlottesville as well as in Harrisonburg and Winchester. We think of our clients as our neighbors. That is why our firm maintains strong involvement in the community, including sponsoring local festivals that support Virginia farmers and artists.
If your child has been the victim of an injury in Charlottesville or elsewhere in Virginia, contact the Charlottesville child injury attorneys at Kendall Law Firm today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team. We’ll explain your family’s legal rights and options for seeking the compensation and justice that your child needs.