New Jersey Child Injury Lawyer
Your child’s claim deserves personal attention – and skills developed over decades of legal experience.
Your child’s health is the most important thing in the world. But it only takes a split second for an accident to transform your healthy child’s active life into a life full of pain and limitations.
No parent wants this future for their child. You can’t undo the damage the accident has done – but you can secure your child the compensation he or she will need to make the best possible recovery. It starts with choosing a New Jersey child injury lawyer with the skills to make your kid’s claim a success.
At Console & Hollawell, we have more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury claims. We’ve helped victims injured in accidents of all kinds, and we’ve achieved a 97 percent success rate.
Every one of our award-winning attorneys is also a parent. We really do understand how difficult it is when your child suffers a life-changing injury. And we’ll do everything we can to make things easier. Call (856) 778-5500 today for a free, private consultation.
Child Injury Overview
You do everything you can to protect your kids, but sometimes you can’t prevent the harm that results from someone else’s reckless behavior. Children suffer serious injuries in accidents of all kinds.
Some of the injuries our child injury lawyers in New Jersey have seen most commonly include:
- Child brain injury
- Child eye injury
- Child forehead injury
- Child nose injury
- Child jaw or mouth injury
- Child neck injury
- Child shoulder injury
- Child arm injury
- Child elbow injury
- Child wrist injury
- Child finger injury
- Child rib injury
- Child back injury
- Child groin injury
- Child knee injury (particularly to the meniscus or mcl)
- Child ankle injury
- Child foot injury
The accidents our NJ child injury attorneys have seen over our two decades of practice include:
Here’s a tragic child injury fact: injuries from car accidents are one of the leading causes of death among children in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported.
Despite widespread use of age-appropriate car seats, more than 120,000 child injuries happen per year, the CDC reported. So do hundreds of motor vehicle-related child deaths.
You drive safely, especially when you have your child in the car. You’re diligent about always buckling your child into his or her car seat. But taking all of the precautions in the world still only offers your child so much protection.
Most child injuries from car accidents result from collisions caused by:
- Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Drivers who are distracted – whether by a cell phone, vehicle controls, or their own thoughts
- Drivers impaired by fatigue
- Drivers who are speeding or breaking other traffic safety laws
When you cross paths with a reckless driver, it may be your child who pays the price.
Other car accidents begin with automobile-related defects, or with dangerous driving conditions.
Don’t make the mistake of assuming that there’s nothing you can do. You can hold accountable a negligent manufacturer or the entity that designed and maintained a dangerous roadway. You just need the right child injury lawyer in New Jersey on your side.
We may be able to help if your child’s accident involved a hazard such as:
- Defective seat belts or seat backs
- Faulty head restraints
- Defective air bags
- Faulty tires
- Malfunctioning car windows
- Highway hazards
- Poor road design
- Lack of warning or road signs
- Inadequate lighting
- Poorly maintained driving surfaces
- Improper drainage that leads to icy or slick roads
Even if your child is secured in a car seat, the injuries he or she suffers can be serious. From painful child whiplash injury cases to paralyzing spinal cord injuries, our New Jersey child injury attorneys have seen it all. We’ll draw on our extensive experience to make sure we leave no stone unturned in pursuing justice, and compensation, for your child.
Injuries from falling send 8,000 children to the emergency room every single day, the CDC reported.
You’re careful about childproofing your own home. You keep stairwells gated off. You make sure there are no slipping or tripping hazards on your property. You supervise playtime to make sure your children aren’t putting themselves in dangerous situations.
But not every property owner is as responsible as you are.
The world is full of dangers that could cause your child to fall and get hurt: cracked sidewalks, poorly maintained staircases, slippery floors.
Fall injuries can happen in any of the numerous places your child visits: schools, daycare centers, parks, retail stores, and even restaurants.
Whatever safety hazard caused the fall injury, our NJ child injury lawyers can help you hold the property owner accountable. Businesses, government entities, and private homeowners all have legal responsibilities. The property owner put your child at risk – and that’s inexcusable.
Kids will be kids – but that doesn’t mean it’s okay for recreational equipment to put them in danger. Some accidents really are “just accidents.” But too many child injuries involving playgrounds, trampolines, and swimming pools are preventable. The property owner’s negligence is what harmed your child – and that property owner should be the one facing the consequences.
Every year, millions of children visit emergency rooms across the country because of sports and recreation-related injuries, the CDC reported. Kids drown – or nearly drown, left with permanent brain damage and other injuries – in swimming pools. They suffer neck, knee, and head injuries playing on trampolines. Child injuries due to falls from playground equipment are also very common. Sadly, these accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, such as severe brain damage and spinal cord injuries. Your child’s life may never be the same.
It can be difficult to tell whether someone else’s negligent behavior contributed to a recreational accident. But it’s also important to find out this information. If your child needs extensive or ongoing medical care, or if the injury will cause lifelong pain and limitations, you need to get all of the compensation your kid deserves. That means you need to know who caused the accident – and be able to prove it.
You’ve got your hands full already. Let our child injury attorneys in New Jersey figure out fault and gather the evidence. You just focus on caring for your injured child.
Defective Product Injuries
Every year‚ children are injured – or even killed – in accidents associated with faulty toys, car seats, baby furniture, and seemingly harmless household products. The risk is very real.
Think about all of the consumer products your child encounters on a daily basis. From baby bottles and cribs to big-kid toys and furniture, children of all ages interact with products of all kinds. What’s scary is that your children are at the mercy of manufacturers who are financially motivated to avoid recalling dangerous toys and household goods.
A defective toy can be poisonous, or it can cause your child to suffer cuts, internal injuries, or even limb loss. A dangerous crib can pose a strangulation hazard. The list of possibilities is nearly endless.
If you believe that a defective product of any variety was responsible for your child’s injury, then it’s important to have a New Jersey child injury lawyer investigate. We can find out if other families have suffered similar harm from the product. Our attorneys can even bring in experts who can determine how and why the product malfunctioned.
We can preserve your child’s legal rights and stand up to the manufacturer. No matter how extensive the company’s resources may be, we won’t be intimidated.
Many children love dogs. But the feeling isn’t always mutual. Whether a dog is aggressive by nature or momentarily startled and confused, its bite can cause disfiguring, debilitating injuries to a child.
This happens more often than you might think. Every year, half of the nearly4,500,000 people who suffer dog bite injuries are children. These bites can do extensive damage to their small bodies. It’s not always easy to keep your child safe from a dangerous dog. Most dog bites happen at the homes of people the victim knows – relatives, friends, acquaintances – and they may even involve dogs your child is familiar with.
What’s particularly concerning is that many children who suffer dog bites are bitten in the face. Scarring, nerve damage, and serious injuries to the eyes and mouth are all common – to say nothing of the psychological trauma your child will have to cope with.
Recovering from a serious dog bite is no easy task. Reconstructive surgery is often necessary, and it still can only accomplish so much. To help your child make the most complete recovery possible, you’ll need to be able to afford treatment by the top medical professionals in their fields. That’s why getting the full amount of compensation available to your child is essential.
Our child injury lawyers in New Jersey can help you understand all of your legal options. We’ve won child dog bite injury cases before, so we know the ins and outs of this particular type of personal injury claim.
Personal Injury Accidents
Some accidents are difficult to explain, much less categorize. You might think of them as “freak accidents” – unlikely events that have devastating results.
You know that someone was at fault for the harm your child suffered. But it may be difficult to determine precisely who it is or how you can hold that person responsible.
The New Jersey child injury attorneys at Console & Hollawell have fought to get maximum compensation for children injured in even the most complicated accidents. We’ve taken cases that other attorneys might have turned down entirely – and gotten those injured children hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation. These claims include:
- A boy suffered a permanent eye injury when another child threw a stick and it struck him in the face.
- A girl’s leg was run over by a forklift at a relative’s workplace.
Even if your child’s accident isn’t something that’s easy to explain, our child injury attorneys in NJ can help. We’ll discuss the specifics of your kid’s unique situation with you and help you understand what rights your child may have – at no cost to you, of course.
There’s no fee and no obligation, so call (856) 778-5500 today and let our NJ child injury lawyers review your case for free.
Why You Need to Pursue a Claim for Your Child Now
No matter how resilient kids can be, a serious injury can derail their lives. At best, the accident will only temporarily disrupt your child’s life. Even then, childhood is too short, too precious, for it to be wasted on a long and hard journey to recovery.
When Your Child Suffers a Long-Term Injury
Many accidents leave children with lifelong consequences. A child injury victim may experience chronic pain, limited ranges of motion, and an increased risk of further damage or complications as they grow.
In the most severe cases, a brain injury, spinal cord injury, or other serious injury could mean that your child will need care – possibly round-the-clock – for the rest of their life. Difficulties with movement, memory, and communication can compromise your child’s ability to ever live independently at any age.
This isn’t just unfair – it’s terrifying. As a parent, how can you provide for a child who suddenly has such extensive needs? And what will happen to your child when you get older, if you are no longer be able to provide the care your permanently injured child needs to get by?
When your child is seriously hurt in an accident, life changes for the whole family. You had hopes and dreams for your child’s future that, now, might be out of reach. You might have to leave your job, for a little while or forever, to take care of your injured kid.
On top of it all, your child is in pain, and there’s nothing you can do to fix it. That sort of helplessness is every parent’s worst nightmare.
The Financial Hardships Caused by Child Injuries
As parents ourselves, our child injury lawyers in NJ know that you have more immediate concerns than how much this is going to cost. But as attorneys, we also know just how much those medical bills can pile up, and how the financial burden can affect families.
Even if getting compensation for a child injury claim isn’t your biggest worry, it matters. How much money you’re able to get can even determine what kind of physical recovery your child will make.
While every injury is different, the costs of treating child injuries can easily reach tens of thousands of dollars.
The average costs of common accident-related child injuries include:
- $28,609 for child injuries from car accidents, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs The more serious and long-term the injuries, the higher the financial burden will be.
- $8,651 of treatment in near-drowning accidents, the International Journal of Preventive Medicine If your child suffered permanent damage in the submersion accident, that cost climbs to $52,429.
- $55,000 to $70,000 for just a few weeks of medical treatment for children who suffer traumatic brain injuries, according to the International Journal of Preventive Medicine. And that’s not counting the extensive long-term care your child will continue to need.
Can your family afford a sudden medical expense of thousands, tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars? Many can’t – and they shouldn’t have to.
Pursuing a Child Injury Claim
When you bring Console & Hollawell’s NJ injury attorneys onboard, we will handle every aspect of the legal claim. We start investigating the accident right away. We’ll get to the bottom of who caused the harm to your child and figure out what insurance coverage could apply to your child’s case. You don’t have to worry about digging up evidence or even organizing paperwork – we’ll do it all.
We’ll make sure your child has access to the right medical care, even if you’re not able to afford the expense right now. Nothing is more important than your child getting better.
Our child injury lawyers in New Jersey know that an accident like this can change your life in ways you couldn’t have even imagined. So we’ll fight to get you compensation for every one of your losses, from the income you missed out on while you were out of work caring for your child to the pain and suffering this accident put your kid through.
The Clock Is Ticking on Your Child’s Injury Case
We’re always here to help families who are coping with a serious injury to a child. But if you want to make sure you’re getting your child every dollar of compensation available, you’ll have to act quickly.
Your child’s legal rights only last for so long – and so does the evidence necessary to support the case. In the legal world, there are deadlines so important that if you miss them, your child will never see any compensation for the accident.
Some of these deadlines are called statutes of limitations. In New Jersey, most accident victims have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. Minors, on the other hand, typically have until two years after the date they turn 18 to file a lawsuit for a personal injury matter.
However, other deadlines can also come into play. If your child’s case involves an exception to the rule – like a public school or park or a driver who happens to be an on-the-clock government worker – you may have just a matter of days to make the claim official.
Even if you have plenty of time before the deadlines will become a problem, it’s always better to act sooner rather than later. If there’s evidence such as video surveillance footage of a fall, the existence of a safety hazard, or even witnesses willing to give a statement, you don’t want to wait years to start pursuing a claim. By then, that valuable evidence could be long gone.
We’ll fight to get a child injury settlement that fully compensates your family for everything this accident has put you through. And if we’re not able to negotiate the settlement your child deserves even with our two decades of experience, we’ll take the case to court.
No-Win, No-Fee Child Injury Lawyers
At Console & Hollawell, we believe every injured child deserves personal attention and a commitment to getting every dollar of money damages available. So we handle every claim on a no-win, no-fee basis.
You’ll never have to pay any fees upfront – and if we don’t get money for you, you owe us nothing.
The consultation is 100 percent free and risk-free. Call (856) 778-5500 and let us evaluate your child’s case today.