Our mission is to protect the rights of injured children and their families.
Children are precious, innocent and fragile. They lack knowledge and experience and this makes them more susceptible to injury in all manner of accidents. Children also can find themselves in dangerous situations with other children or with adults who are not their parents.
Not only are injuries affecting children more likely to occur, but the damage may be more severe. The effects of an injury can be much more devastating on a child, both physically and mentally. It may take years for long term treatment and psychological counseling to teach the child how to cope with the trauma of the event.
At the Children’s Injury Law Center of Virginia℠, we know that there is nothing more painful and distressing than seeing your child suffer injuries due to another person’s misconduct or inattention. You are right to want to hold that person accountable. You are also right to seek compensation for all losses caused by your child’s injury by working with a skilled Virginia child injury lawyer.
The attorneys of Geoff McDonald & Associates understand the burdens faced by child injury victims and their families across Virginia. Child injury cases share much in common with other personal injury and wrongful death cases in that these cases require a thorough investigation and close consultation with experts to determine how the injury occurred, who should be held responsible, and how much physical, mental, and financial harm has been caused by another person’s misconduct. However, in many other ways, these cases must be handled differently and so simply hiring a personal injury attorney without special expertise in children’s injury is not recommended. At Geoff McDonald & Associates, we have a great deal of experience with children’s injury cases and know how to handle the unique issues that will arise.
Child Injury Cases We Handle
We can handle a wide range of child injury cases, including those that involve:
Birth injury caused by medical malpractice that occurs before, during or immediately after a child’s birth. Medical errors can cause a child to suffer lasting disorders.
School or Playground Injuries
These injuries are far too common and many could have been avoided when they are caused by negligence or recklessness. Injuries on playground equipment, at daycares, or those due to poorly maintained sporting equipment and facilities, or harm caused by fellow students in school may result in a valid legal claim.
Motor Vehicle Crashes
Car accidents caused by careless or reckless drivers such as those who speed, drive drunk or drive while texting or talking on a cell phone, that result in the injury or death of a child.
Poor supervision by those we have trusted to properly care for and look after our children, including daycare providers, teachers and school staff, coaches and camp counselors.
Products that harm children when they are used as the manufacturer intended. Unfortunately, children are injured every day by defective toys, playground equipment and sports equipment. Children also suffer injuries when devices that are supposed to protect them in an auto crash fail such as seat belts and child safety seats. Even if you have signed a release, you may still have a case.
Amusement Park Injuries
This includes indoor theme parks such as trampoline facilities and arcades.
Swimming Pool Injuries
Child drowning or injuries at public or private pools including chemical burns, water-borne illness or infection, and traumatic brain injury.
Child injury or death resulting from dog attacks or bites.
Ingestion of Household Products
Poisoning resulting from the ingestion of household products without adequate warning labels or indication of hazard.
Childhood Sexual Abuse
When the unthinkable happens, the parent or guardian is the legal voice of the minor. Anyone under the age of 18 cannot speak for themselves to an insurance company or in a court of law. When you’re managing a child injury, you want to be the best advocate for them that you can be, and you probably have questions.
- Should I give a statement?
- Should I take pictures?
- Who is responsible?
- How are the medical bills going to be paid?
- Should I speak to the insurance adjuster?
During this difficult time, put those questions in the hands of our skilled child injury attorneys. An injury to a child is stressful and frightening. No parent or guardian should be plagued with more uncertainty. The child injury lawyers at Geoff McDonald and Associates are skilled to handle questions related to child injury claims, to relieve some of the burden and get the right care and result for the most precious people in your lives. We understand. Many of us are parents too. If your child is injured, put your trust in us.
To learn more about how Geoff McDonald & Associates can serve you and your family, contact us today for a free consultation by phone or online. We also provide answers to frequently asked questions about legal options when a child is injured.