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Your minor child has sustained injuries in an accident caused by the negligence of another person. Now, your child requires medical treatments for his or her injuries, but you might not be able to afford them. The Empire State does not allow your child to sue the responsible party on his or her own. Children who sustain injuries in accidents have the right to file an injury claim and even to go to court. However, as long as they are under the age of 18, they can’t legally enter into a contract. That means you, the child’s parent or legal guardian, will have to hire an attorney on his or her behalf and sign to accept any settlement offers he or she receives. To learn what you should know about filing a personal injury claim on behalf of a minor in New York, please read on, then contact an experienced New York City premises liability attorney.

How does a parent or guardian prove a personal injury case for a New York minor?

A parent or legal guardian hoping to bolster their minor child’s personal injury case should obtain the child’s medical records relating to the accident, statements from witnesses, police reports and any photos or videos of the accident scene.

What can a parent or guardian sue for on behalf of a New York minor?

In the state of New York, parents or legal guardians can sue for two types of damages: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages relate to the financial burden of the minor’s injuries including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Hospital bills
  • Doctor’s visits
  • Physical therapy
  • Any and all medical treatments

Conversely, non-economic damages relate to non-monetary damages, including:

  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering

If your minor child has suffered in any way because of the negligence of another person or party, you should reach out to a skilled New York City personal injury attorney to discuss your next steps.

What can an NYC personal injury attorney do for you?

Before anything else, a New York City personal injury attorney will make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities as they pertain to your child’s case so that you can make informed decisions. A qualified legal professional will also collect and present the necessary evidence in court. Do not undertake this process by yourself. Please give us a call today.

Contact Our New York City Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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