When a child is injured as a result of the automobile, bicycle, and pedestrian accident, the first and foremost thing that should be done is medical treatment. It is vital that parents obtain timely and consistent medical care to properly diagnose, evaluate, and treat the child’s injuries. At some point in time after the child is injured, the issues of insurance coverage, medical bills, and compensation can be addressed. It is certainly appropriate for a parent to inquire as to the child’s legal rights and entitlements of compensation for the injuries caused by the negligence of another person, business, or government. Under the Florida statutes and related case law, there is no set formula separate at which compensation is calculated for injuries resulting from the negligence or fault of another person, business, or government entity. While there is no formula per se, there are factors or elements of damages that a judge or jury can consider when providing for compensation for the injured child these include the following:
Economic Damages. Economic damages refer to damages that have a set figure or definable figure which may include medical bills for the past, medical bills in the future, lost wages as a parent, lost tuition, medical equipment, lost wages of the child, and other damages.
Non-Economic Damages. Not economic damages refer to pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, losses of companionship and other damages. In determining the amount of non-economic damages a judge or jury can consider the severity of the injuries, the effect of the injuries on the activities of daily living for the child, the permanency of the injuries, the child’s life expectancy, and other factors. It is no simple task to value an injury to a child. Because of the complexities of a child injury case, it is often helpful to have the advice, consultation, and legal representation of a Florida Child Injury Lawyer for these matters.
The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Medical Bills and Treatment, Homeowner’s Insurance, Automobile Accidents, Day Care Center Injuries, School Injuries, Amusement Park and Theme Park Injuries, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.