What are the Legal Rights of a Child Injured at the Home of a Relative, Friend, or Neighbor in the State of Florida?


What are the legal rights of a child who is injured at the home of a neighbor, friend, or family member in the State of Florida? In Florida, children unfortunately suffer serious personal injuries when visiting the home of a relative, friend, neighbor, or other person. When injuries are suffered, questions often arise including the following: Is the homeowner legally responsible for the injury sustained by the child? Like many questions, the answer depends on the facts and circumstances of each case. Often times, there is no bright line between an injury that warrants a claim or case as opposed to one that does not. Because of the complexities of these cases, it is often helpful to have advice and legal representation from a Florida Child Injury Lawyer.

Many factors may be considered in determining the viability of the legal claim or case against the homeowner. These factors can include the age of the child, the number of children present, the activity engaged in by the child, the risk and dangers of the activity, adult supervision, and the preventability of injury. The book titled The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has challenged on Homeowner’s Insurance, Injuries at Home, Damages, Compensation, Medical Treatment, Medical Bills, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

When a child is injured at the home of a relative, neighbor, friend or another person, the decision as to whether not to pursue a claim is a dependent factors beyond factual and legal ones. Often times the injuries take place at the home of the good friend or relative. Pursuing a case or claim against a good friend or relative can be quite stressful. While there is no legal protection or immunity afforded to a friend and most relatives, it is certainly understandable if a person decides not to pursue a particular injury case for concern or fear that it might affect the relationship. Of course, these concerns and issues must be weighed against the needs of the child, the extent of the homeowner’s negligence, the availability of insurance for medical bills, and the fairness of compensation for such injuries. All factors should be considered when a parent is evaluating or accessing a personal injury claim to be pursued on behalf of the child. Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. has been representing injured children and their families since 1957. Cases handled by the law firm have included day care centers, schools, homeowners, and businesses.

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