Can an injury case or claim still be pursued on behalf of an injured child even if there is no police report in Florida? In Florida, children, at times, are the the unfortunate victims of automobile, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents. In most cases involving an injury that requires medical care or treatment, the police are called to the scene of the accident and thereafter issue a police report regarding the accident investigation.
The police report resulting from the incident and the observations of the police officer can be used for documentation as part of the investigation by a Florida Child Injury Lawyer representing the child’s interests in a personal injury claim. In some instances involving a child injury, the police, for one reason or another, are not called to the scene of the accident. In these situations, can a personal injury case or claim still be pursued on behalf of the injured child? The simple answer to this question is “Yes”. A claim or case can still be pursued even if there is no police report of the automobile, bicycle, or pedestrian accident.
There is no Florida statutory requirement that a police investigation be conducted or that a police report be presented in order to pursue a claim for injuries resulting from an automobile, bicycle, or pedestrian accident. While it is often times helpful to have a police report and have the information documented by a police officer, the case can still be pursued. Many people do not realize that even when the police investigate an accident and issue a police report that the actual police report often times is not admissible in evidence or shown to a Jury in a civil case. Because of the complexities of the accident report privilege and other nuances of Florida law involving injury to a child, it is advisable that a parent or guardian seek an attorney for the injured child 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, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.