Seeing their child get hurt in a serious accident is every parent’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately, that nightmare comes true for many Cape May County families every year. If you can prove that someone else’s reckless or careless misconduct directly caused your child to get hurt, you should be able to hold that negligent adult financially accountable for every form of harm your child sustained as a result of their actions.
Effectively pursuing civil recovery after an accident involving a child often requires assistance from a personal injury attorney who has successfully litigated cases similar to yours. Once retained, a knowledgeable Cape May County child injury lawyer could work with you to collect evidence of fault, establish what damages you and your child could seek compensation for, and pursue the justice your family deserves.
The party filing suit must prove that the defendant(s) named in their claim owed the plaintiff – or in this case, their child – a duty of care, that the defendant then did something reckless or careless enough to “breach” that duty, and that an accident resulting in compensable losses occurred as a direct consequence of the defendant’s irresponsible actions.
However, there are some types of cases in which a defendant may bear strict liability for an injury to a child, meaning they could be financially liable to pay damages even though they were not technically negligent. For example, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries their pets cause, as long as the injured adult or child did not provoke the animal to attack.
Additionally, adults sometimes owe duties of care to children that they would not otherwise owe to adults in the same situation. Most notably, the “attractive nuisance” doctrine imposes civil liability on landowners for injuries sustained by underage trespassers who were drawn onto private land by an unsecured “attraction” such as a swimming pool. A local attorney could go into further detail during a private consultation about what circumstances might serve as grounds for a child injury claim.
If a child under 18 sustains an injury due to another person or entity’s actions, the injured child’s parent(s) or guardian(s) has the right to file a lawsuit on that child’s behalf. With help from a child injury lawyer in Cape May County, it may be possible to seek restitution for short-term damages like emergency medical bills and time taken off work to care for a child during their recovery as well as long-term loss of earning capacity, expenses for rehabilitative and specialized medical care, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Importantly, state law allows the normal two-year statutory filing deadline for civil litigation to be “tolled” until a child injured in an accident turns 18, meaning injured minor have until two years after their 18th birthday to file suit regardless of how old they were when their injury occurred. However, since relevant evidence can disappear over time and various other deadlines may apply in certain situations, it is advisable to get in contact with a lawyer sooner rather than later.
Taking effective legal action after your child gets hurts in an accident can understandably feel like an impossible task, especially if you try to pursue a potential civil claim alone. By working with a seasoned legal professional, you could give yourself a much better chance of protecting your child’s future prospects as well as your own financial security.
Once your child is in stable physical condition following an accident caused by a negligent adult, your next priority should be contacting a Cape May County child injury lawyer to discuss your legal options. Call our firm today to set up a meeting.
This team is incredible. They are friendly and knowledgeable. I appreciate everything they have done for me and would recommend them to anyone. Overall great experience
My case settled recently after lasting 4 years. Grungo and Colarulo’s law firm were able to secure a large settlement award for my slip and fall accident. This money will help secure my future for the permanent injury I received as a result of the slip and fall. Everyone was very caring, and kept me informed throughout the entire process. Christine Lafferty is an excellent litigation lawyer. I highly recommend using them if you have been injured or in an accident. I hope I am never in a situation again to need their services, but I know who to go to if I, or any of my family members are ever injured. Thanks Grungo and Colarulo and staff for your compassionate service!
Thank you so much Grungo and Colarulo for helping me with my case. Special thanks to Erica Domingo, Esquire and her team. Erica Domingo and her team was very nice and helped me tremendously throughout my case like more than one year and half. They gave me the right advice and guided me through every step of my case. They gave me prompt and clear responses to all my questions. In addition, Erica and her team provided me with all the what if scenarios so that I can have a clear vison of the steps ahead.
I would definitely recommend Grungo and Colarulo.
Thanks again Erica Domingo, Esquire and her team
My wife and I reached out to Grungo Colarulo in 2020 for advise on a legal matter. After a meeting with the Attorney and Paralegal, we decided to go forward with a case. This case required a lot of documentation, and expert review of the documentation which was aquired. Throughout the process, we were kept up to date monthly, and Grungo Colarulo was always responsive to any questions that we had. The entire staff at Grungo Colarulo are very professional, caring, and willing to go the extra mile. This firm is a definite recommend!
I left five (5) stars only because that’s as many as I could leave. If I could, I would have left 100 stars. Bob & Christine are the absolute best! My settlement far exceeded what I ever imagined. They are professional, friendly, and really listened to what I had to say. They kept me up to date with the progress of my case every step of the way. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Very professional, communicates well, makes me feel like they have my best interest at heart, and overall just a great company. Christine and the whole team has been on top of everything. Would definitely recommend!! 10/10
First and foremost I would like to thank the whole team at Grungo Colarulo!! In addition to that, Stephanie & Riley & Drenna have done such an outstanding job taking care of me in such a difficult and low point of my life. I was in a bad car accident & did not know how to move forward with what to do and how to process. Those ladies were there every step, every inch, every mile & beyond with helping me when I had no idea how to navigate. I will forever be thankful for them and for the outcome of my case! If you ever need assistance I highly recommend this practice!!! Beyond professional, helpful, precise, caring, knowledgeable & humble!!!
From my first phone call to the end of my case this firm was on the ball!! Always responsive and professional and kept me up to date and informed. This is my firm for any future needs!
This was my first time ever having to have a lawyer for an automobile accident. From the beginning they took care of everything. They put me at ease so I could concentrate on my medical needs. Everyone I spoke to during the process were always extremely pleasant and knowledgeable.
Thank you to Grungo Colarulo for representing me and getting the settlement you did to help me move forward. I would highly recommend Grungo Colarulo to anyone who wants outstanding legal representation.
This team has been nothing but gentle an generous. Being as this was my first time dealing with a worker’s compensation case I was lost and nervous. But the Grungo Colarulo team has made me feel as comfortable as possible. My needs were addressed with care in a timely fashion. I knew what was going on every step of the way.
Oh, did I mention, WE WON …
This teams knowledge of the industry is TOP NOTCH!
A dear family friend referred us to a young attorney named Rich Grungo, Jr. We wanted answers and if necessary, justice for our father. From day one of a five-year journey, Mr. Rich Grungo, Jr. made our family and our pain his own. The man never stopped working for us. He kept us informed every step of the way. Questions were answered quickly and with great compassion and expertise. Even though Rich was always busy, he was never too busy for us. We always felt like we were his only clients
I had the opportunity to observe Mr. Grungo work in this case, both in the courtroom on the technical matters of the motions and also as his presentation to the jury in opening and presenting witnesses as well as utilizing animations… and drawings and films that were necessary for a proper understanding of the case…At all times during the presentation, Mr. Grungo operated mostly without notes and questioned the witnesses in a conversational manner which made it most effective. **
Thank you for everything. I honestly felt like you treated my son like he was your own son, for that I am grateful. I would recommend your services to anyone. Thanks for being so awesome to both of us.
It was a pleasure working with Bill. He constantly kept me informed. I would recommend Bill and his firm to anybody I know. They’ll be in good hands.
I had the opportunity to retain Mr. Colarulo for a vehicle accident I encountered. I give him my highest recommendation for anyone in need of an excellent Personal Injury Attorney. Not only does he have an in depth knowledge of the legal field, but he emanates a sense of trust-worthiness that makes you feel secure during the entire process. Mr. Colarulo has the knowledge, drive and enthusiasm that will get the job done for you. He comes highly recommended.
Hi Rich, Well I’m on my way up to college to finish packing my son’s stuff up and to go to his Graduation tomorrow. It’s hard to believe how fast and how slow, at the same time 5 years can go by. I was just thinking of you as I am getting ready to leave and wanted to thank you once again for everything you have done for my son’s future. You are a good and just man. God Bless to you and your family.
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