When your child suffers an injury, all you want is for their pain to stop and for them to recover quickly and completely. Unfortunately, parents cannot wish a child’s injuries away.
However, if the injuries resulted from someone else’s negligence, parents can file a personal injury claim for damages. Let an Evesham Township child injury lawyer on our team help you get justice for your injured child.
Any claimant in a personal injury lawsuit must prove that another party’s negligence caused their otherwise avoidable injury. Negligence indicates a failure to use a reasonable degree of caution given the circumstances. The law imposes a higher standard of care when children are involved, because kids are impulsive, lack maturity, and require near-constant supervision.
For example, a driver who was paying attention to their surroundings and adhering to the speed limit when an accident occurred would probably not be found negligent. However, if the driver could see that children were playing ball in their front yards, driving below the speed limit could be a reasonably cautious choice. In other words, an adult who owes a duty of care to protect a child from foreseeable harm could be held liable for any injuries resulting from their carelessness.
When an accident occurs, it is much easier to estimate an adult’s future damages than a child’s, because injuries can impact a children’s cognitive, skeletal, and emotional development in unpredictable ways. The younger the child is at the time of an injury, the more difficult it is to determine its long-term impact.
If it is unlikely that the child will recover completely, damages should include compensation to support their needs in the future. A child may receive compensation for their physical suffering, disability, mental trauma, disfigurement, lost opportunities, and all other effects of the injury.
A capable Evesham Township injury attorney may need to gather testimony from physicians and experts in child development to help establish the true value of a family’s losses. Fortunately, our team has the connections and resources necessary to obtain evidence of this nature and help strengthen a child injury claim.
Most injury claims settle before going to trial. When parents agree to settle a case on behalf of their injured child, an Evesham Township court must approve any settlement the parties reach.
According to New Jersey Superior Court Rule 4:44, once the parties have agreed to settle, they must request a friendly hearing before a Superior Court Judge. The judge will appoint a Guardian ad Litem who will meet with the child and their parents and review the settlement agreement. The Guardian ad Litem will offer their opinion about whether settling the case for the amount agreed is in the injured child’s best interests.
If the court approves the settlement, the child will gain access to the money on their 18th birthday in most cases. Sometimes, a settlement is written to prevent the child from accessing all their funds upon turning 18, meaning some portion might be held until they are older.
The compensation that a child receives in a personal injury lawsuit belongs to the child, not the parent. With court approval, parents can use the compensation awarded in a successful civil claim to pay for their child’s medical bills while the child is under their care.
Caring for an injured child is physically and emotionally exhausting, not to mention financially draining. You do not have to face these burdens alone.
An Evesham Township child injury lawyer with our firm has compassion for what you are going through and is determined to hold negligent parties accountable on your family’s behalf. Schedule a case review with a diligent attorney today.
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 …
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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.