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As a parent, the well-being of your child is always the top priority. It’s an innate part of parenthood to ensure your little ones are safe and protected from harm. Unfortunately, accidents can happen, and when they do, knowing your rights and when to seek legal counsel is crucial. This point is doubly so when these accidents result from the negligence of others. In this  guide, we will explore the considerations and steps involved in seeking legal counsel for a child’s injury.

The Statute of Limitations

Time is not on your side when it comes to filing a personal injury claim. Each state has its own set of laws, known as the statute of limitations, which dictate the timeframe within which legal action must be commenced after an injury or incident.

In Ohio, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases involving a child generally starts once the child reaches the age of 18. However, it’s best to seek legal advice as soon as possible after an incident to ensure that valuable time isn’t lost and your child’s rights are protected.

Communicating with Insurance Companies

In personal injury cases, particularly those involving children, insurance companies often play a significant role. It’s important to remember that insurance adjusters, while seemingly sympathetic, have an agenda to minimize payouts or deny claims altogether.

When interacting with insurance companies, it’s critical to be selective about the information you provide and have a legal representative by your side to protect your interests. Remember, anything you say can be used to devalue your claim, so tread carefully.

Documenting the Injury and Its Impact

Thorough documentation is key to building a strong case. This includes medical records, photographs of the injury, and any effects it may have on your child’s daily life. Keep a detailed record of how the injury has affected your child’s health, education, and general well-being.

Documentation not only proves the extent of the injury but also its impact on your child and family. The more detailed and comprehensive your records, the stronger your case will be.

Consulting with a Personal Injury Attorney

Seeking legal counsel does not necessarily mean you’re filing a lawsuit; it means seeking advice and understanding what options you have. Many personal injury attorneys offer free consultations, which provide an opportunity to evaluate your case, understand your rights, and decide on a course of action.

When choosing an attorney, look for experience with child injury cases, a track record of success, and a commitment to advocating for children’s rights.

The Legal Process: What to Expect

If your attorney advises pursuing a personal injury claim, be prepared for a legal process that can be complex and time-consuming. Your lawyer will handle most of the legwork, including filing the claim, negotiating with insurance companies, and, if necessary, proceeding to trial.

Throughout the process, your role is to support your child, provide necessary information, and make informed decisions in consultation with your attorney.

Advocating for Your Child’s Rights

In the wake of a child injury, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and uncertain. However, by understanding the legal complexities involved and seeking timely advice, you can empower yourself to advocate for your child’s rights and secure the best possible outcome. Remember, when in doubt, it’s always better to consult with a legal professional to ensure that your child’s future is protected. At Clark, Perdue & List, we have a team  dedicated to advocating for children’s rights and helping families obtain the justice they deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.