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Las Vegas Child Injury Lawyers

While Las Vegas is known around the world as a playground for adults, children also frequent the sights and scenes of the Entertainment Capital of the World. No parent likes to see their children suffer serious injuries. In many cases, child injuries, from motor vehicle accidents to theme park accidents, can cause lifelong limitations for your child, including changes that can impact every aspect of your child’s life and even your own. If your child suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of another party, an experienced Las Vegas Child Injury Attorney can help you understand your rights and give you a better idea of what to expect as you file a claim. Contact Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, today at (702) 382-9797 to schedule a free consultation.

Common Child Injuries

Children can suffer injuries in a variety of circumstances. Children often prove inquisitive, exploring the world around them without regard for the damage such exploration may cause. Not only that, but also their developing bodies can prove more prone to serious injuries than adults, who may better protect themselves from such injuries.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Even when properly restrained, children involved in motor vehicle accidents can sustain serious injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and broken bones. Liability for motor vehicle accidents typically rests with the party that caused the accident; however, other parties may also share liability for motor vehicle accidents, including the vehicle manufacturer or a mechanic who failed to properly repair the vehicle.

Hotel Pool Drowning Accidents

When you bring your child to a Las Vegas hotel, you assume that it will be a safe, fun experience for the entire family. Swimming in the hotel pool sounds like a great way to burn off some energy and have fun together. Unfortunately, improperly maintained pools or those with inadequate security can cause more hazards than fun if swimming leads to accidental drowning. Drowning remains the fifth-leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Even if your child does not die in a drowning accident, he or she may suffer serious injuries, including brain trauma, that can have long-term implications.

Attraction Accidents

Improperly maintained rides and attractions can quickly cause serious injuries for the children that use them. Children can suffer broken bones, amputations, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries in accidents on amusement park rides or other attractions.

Compensation for a Las Vegas Child Injury Accident

Your child’s injuries may leave you with substantial bills to pay. How much compensation should your family seek for those injuries? Your award may vary based on several key factors, discussed below.

Who Caused Your Child’s Accident?

To determine the compensation that you will receive for your child’s accident, an attorney will start by determining who caused the accident. In some cases, multiple parties may contribute to the accident and your child’s injuries.

An attorney will ask:

  • Who bore a duty of care to your child at the time of the accident? For example, if your child visits a Las Vegas novelty attraction, the owner of that establishment bears a duty of care to keep all visitors to that site as safe as possible.
  • How did the responsible party violate that duty of care? At that novelty attraction, if your child suffers serious injuries due to failed safety equipment, the establishment may have violated its duty of care by failing to take care of routine maintenance or operations.
  • How did that violation lead to your child’s injuries? If the safety equipment for an amusement park ride failed, but the ride operator stopped the ride before any injuries occurred, you may not have the right to file a Las Vegas child injury claim against the amusement park. On the other hand, if that failure led to serious injuries, you can file a Las Vegas child injury claim against the liable party.

Many entities, including novelty attractions and drivers, carry insurance to protect you after an injury. That insurance policy may determine the compensation you ultimately receive for your child’s injuries.

What Medical Expenses Did Your Family Face as a Result of Your Child’s Injuries?

A Las Vegas child injury claim is based on the medical expenses faced by the injured party. In the case of a child injury, that means that your Las Vegas child injury claim will begin with the medical expenses your child has faced (and will face in the future) due to the accident.

These expenses may include:

  • Ambulance transport
  • Emergency treatment
  • Treatment for all injuries, including surgery if needed
  • Durable medical equipment
  • A hospital stay
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Psychological therapy to help your child cope with the limitations of his injuries and the trauma from the accident
  • Skilled nursing care, if needed

If your child requires home care as a result of the accident, you may also choose to claim the cost of that care as part of the injury claim. Many child injury victims require ongoing care throughout their recoveries and, in some cases, for the rest of their lives.

Pain and suffering damages from the accident are usually based on medical expenses, as well. Generally, pain and suffering compensation reflects a percentage of the medical expenses your child has suffered due to the accident.

What Other Expenses Has Your Family Faced as a Result of the Accident?

You may have had to miss work to care for your child. Your family may have significant overall expenses related to the accident. Talk to an experienced Las Vegas child injury attorney about how to include these additional expenses as part of your claim.

Child Injuries and Insurance Companies

Often, insurance companies may attempt to minimize the compensation they offer for child injury claims. These companies might, for example, contact you soon after your child’s accident to issue a settlement offer. Consult an experienced Las Vegas injury attorney before accepting that offer, since it may not reflect the true value of your child’s claim.

Did Your Child Suffer Serious Injuries in Las Vegas?

Benson and BinghamIf your child suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of another party, an experienced Las Vegas child injury attorney can help you seek compensation for your child’s suffering. Contact Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, today at (702) 382-9797 for your free consultation.

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