Yes, a parent can sue a careless driver or corporate wrongdoer on behalf of a son or daughter. The lawsuit is filed to get compensation and to hold the responsible party accountable for the harm. Generally, a parent (as legal guardian), is listed as the plaintiff (person suing). You can call 1-888-377-8900 (toll free) to talk to one of our lawyers about how our law firm can help your family.
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“Parents are not alone when a child is severely injured due to the negligence, indifference or greed of a driver or corporation. I and my team of lawyers are here to help, and we are not intimidated by the legal entourages corporations use to try shirk responsibility.” –Attorney Fred Pritzker, who recently won a $10 million settlement for third-degree burns and a $7.5 million verdict for a little one sickened with E. coli who developed kidney failure and almost died.
Our law firm represents clients from all 50 states in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, and we would like to help you.
“Children often have a claim for personal injury after a traffic accident,” said Attorney Eric Hageman, father of 5 children and one of our lead child safety lawyers.
The insurance policy of the negligent driver (even if it was a parent) can be sued for pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, and expenses and losses in excess of the amounts provided under Minnesota no-fault laws.
Eric focuses his practice on accidents with cars, semi trucks, bicycles and other vehicles. Eric was a lead attorney in multistate litigation (like a class action lawsuit) against the manufacturer of an ATV. He oversaw pretrial procedures for dozens of attorneys to achieve settlements for injured children and their families.
Attorney Eric Hageman recently won $1 million for a family who lost a little one who contracted E. coli poisoning from at a daycare. Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Brendan Flaherty won $4.5 million for a woman who contracted E. coli poisoning and then developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a severe complication of these infections that causes kidney failure. E. coli-HUS can be fatal. When this happens, the family often has a wrongful death claim and can sue the wrongdoer.
Fred and Brendan also represented 7 families whose newborn babies were sickened by a defective food product. They won over $10 million.
Our lawyers are some of the very few in the nation who have successfully represented many children sickened by food poisoning. Most of their cases involve contaminated food, but they have also represented little ones who contracted E. coli from animals at petting zoos and fairs.
Salmonella can also cause severe harm to little ones. One of our cases involves a baby who consumed a contaminated product and ended up with permanent brain damage.
Daycare centers are liable for any harm that comes to a little one under their care. In some cases, the center is run by one business and the daycare facility is owned by another. Both companies can be liable, depending on the facts of the case.
Some of the questions that will most likely need to be answered include the following:
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) advises particularly against cribs with decorative corner posts that protrude above the crib edge, which can snag clothing and pacifier cords while infants climb up the corner areas to stand. (The CPSC recommends NEVER tying a pacifier around a little one’s neck for these reasons.)
To prevent your baby from getting strangled on a corner post:
Suffocation is one of the biggest hazards prompting crib recalls. It happens most often under circumstances where babies become trapped in a space between the mattress and side rail of the crib, often because hardware fails and the side rail becomes detached. Many reported baby deaths involving cribs have been drop-side crib deaths.
To prevent your baby from being suffocated:
Remove all crib toys which are strung across crib or playpen area when your baby is beginning to push up on hands or knees or is 5 months of age, whichever occurs first.
Attorney Fred Pritzker is one of the few attorneys in the nation who has won money for a family whose baby was suffocated.
There have been several allegations of positional asphyxia (suffocation due to the air passageways being closed when the baby’s head is pushed into the baby’s chest) involving baby slings that look like duffle bags.
In addition, falls from these products have resulted in head injuries, including skull fractures and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
We would recommend the following to protect your baby:
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, since 1990, more than 200 infants and young children have died from strangling in window blind cords. CPSC recommends using cordless window coverings in homes with little ones. If you are not able to replace your window coverings, to prevent your little one from being strangled by a window blind cord, either 1) cut the cord above the tassel, remove the equalizer buckle, and add a separate tassel at the end of each cord; or 2) cut the cord above the tassel, remove the equalizer buckle, and add a breakaway tassel which will separate if a baby or toddler becomes entangled in the loop.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is aware of 66 deaths associated with baby bath seats or rings since 1983. These bath rings usually contain three or four legs with suction cups that attach to the bottom of the tub. However, the suction cups may suddenly release allowing the bath ring and baby to tip over. A baby may also slip between the legs of the bath ring and become trapped under it. Do not rely on these devices to keep baby safe in the bath. Parents or other attendants must never leave a baby alone in these bath support rings. Even turning away to answer the doorbell or telephone could result in injury or drowning of the baby.
A swimming pool should have a fence or barrier surrounding all four sides with self-closing and self-latching gates. If the house is part of the barrier, all doors leading from the house to the pools should be protected with an alarm.
If your son or daughter has lead poisoning, the most likely source is lead paint on the walls or ceiling of your residence; however, furniture, toys and other products can also have lead paint. And imported candy, baby bibs, makeup and other products have been recalled due to high lead content. There have also been cases of lead poisoning associated with home remedies.
E. Coli Poisoning can cause serious illness, including kidney failure from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). HUS in children can lead to kidney failure, pancreatitis, heart problems, brain damage and death. If there is a positive culture, it is critical that further testing is done to determine if it is E. coli O157:H7 and to get a genetic fingerprint of the serotype to match it to other cases around the country. Your ability to recover medical bill payments, pain and suffering compensation and other money is dependent on the correct tests being done.
The sound of a child screaming at a burn treatment center is horrific, and the pain that these little ones have to bear is unimaginable. If a person or company is at fault, it is important that the parents take steps to protect their son or daughter’s legal rights.
Tap water can scald in seconds. Anti-scald devices are available at hardware stores. These devises can keep water temperature below 120 degrees Farenheit to help prevent scald burns. Set water heater temperature at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If your son or daughter is scalded in a hotel or motel shower, you may have a claim for damages.
Each year children are burned in fires they started with a cigarette lighter. Child resistant cigarette lighters, which makes it more difficult to ignite the lighter, cost pennies. If your son or daughter is burned in a fire, you may have a claim against a landlord, daycare, a homeowner, a manufacturer or others.
Our lawyers are recognized nationally in the areas of product liability, personal injury and wrongful death. Attorneys at the firm have been interviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Lawyers USA and other publications. Fred Pritzker has spoken at Harvard Law School, Cornell and other institutions.