Is my child entitled to pain and suffering compensation for injuries sustained in a bicycle accident? Is it permanent injury required to receive these damages under Florida law? When a child is injured as a result of a bicycle accident in the State of Florida, parents are often faced with the number of challenges and issues including but not limited to the following:
Selection of medical providers for treatment;
Obtaining insurance information;
Understanding insurance information;
Communicating with the insurance company and insurance adjusters;
Dealing with bill collectors;
Collecting or pursuing damages for lost wages of the parent and / or child;
Transportation for medical care;
Payment of medical bills;
Reimbursement of out of pocket medical bills; and
Compensation for pain, suffering, and other related damages.
What a child is injured as a result of a bicycle accident, Florida has various laws and procedures in place as to the pursuit of expenses and damages related to the Florida bicycle accident. When a child is injured as a result of an automobile accident and the child is a driver or passenger occupying a “motor vehicle”, Florida Statutes require that there be a showing or proof that the child suffered a permanent injury, a permanent aggravation of a pre-existing condition, and/or permanent scarring as a result of the accident. The requirement permanency or scarring is set for the Florida Statutes and applies uniquely to drivers and passengers of “motor vehicles”. With respect to injuries suffered by a child while riding a bicycle, there is no such legal requirement. In other words, there is no permanency or scarring required in order for a child to be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering damages; however, as a practical matter, the value of the case can still be impacted as to the severity of the injuries and the permanency of the injuries.
The laws pertaining to bicycle accidents as well as automobile or motor vehicle accidents in the State of Florida can be quite confusing. Because of this, it is often helpful for parents of an injured child to contact a Florida Child Injury Lawyer for advice, consultation, and legal representation.
The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Automobile Accidents, Medical Bills and Treatment, School Injuries, Day Care Center Injuries, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury. The book was written by David Wolf, a Florida Child Injury Lawyer, who has dedicated his entire legal career of over 22 years to the enforcement of the rights of children. Mr. Wolf offers free consultations on child injury cases and can be contacted regarding any questions, inquiries, and cases involving these matters. See – David Wolf, Florida Child Injury Lawyer.