Experienced Attorneys Seek Justice for Children Injured in NJ  

Focused attorneys pursue full compensation when minors are harmed by others’ negligence

As parents, we want to protect our children from serious peril until they’re mature enough to look out for themselves and make good decisions. However, there are instances where others will be responsible for their well-being. When children are harmed because someone else did not use proper care, legal relief is warranted. If your child has been injured while under the supervision of a school, church, day care or other institution, Seigel Law in Ridgewood is ready to help. Since 1976, our law firm has fought for the rights of accident victims. We review the facts relating to juvenile injuries and assemble the evidence necessary to make the strongest case for compensation.

Common ways children are injured New Jersey

The most common causes of serious injury to children in New Jersey include:

  • Falls
  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Sports injuries
  • Dog bites
  • Defective products
  • Poisoning
  • Suffocation
  • Drowning

Any of these incidents can result in serious injury or death. Children are also vulnerable to deliberate harm, such as assaults and sexual abuse.

Establishing institutional liability for child injuries at school and daycare

To obtain compensation for a personal injury, an attorney for an injured child must prove that someone with a duty to protect the child failed due to do so, and that failure was due to negligence, recklessness or a deliberate act or omission. Employers are accountable for the negligence of their employees and can also be liable for negligent hiring and supervision of workers. Accordingly, institutions that have a responsibility to keep children safe can be sued, such as:

  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Daycare centers
  • Scouts
  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Sports programs

When a hidden hazard causes an injury in a place that should be safe for children, the entity responsible for the area can be held liable. This would apply in cases involving injuries at poorly designed or maintained playgrounds that put children at unreasonable risk. if an equipment failure causes an injury, a manufacturer might be required to pay damages if the equipment was produced with a defect, or a sports program could be a defendant if the equipment was old, poorly maintained or inadequate.

Special laws applicable to child injuries in New Jersey

Many child injury cases present a situation where a child might be partly responsible for their own injury. In New Jersey, a child can be liable under New Jersey’s comparative negligence act if they have the capacity to understand the risks but failed to act as a reasonable child of the same age would. A finding of comparative negligence can significantly reduce the amount of compensation the child can recover or eliminate an award altogether. As your child’s legal representative, we push back against attempts to shift the blame to a minor victim. The statute of limitations for child injuries in New Jersey is two years. But, unlike adult cases, where the two-year period begins on the date of the accident, a child’s statutory period does not start until their 18th birthday. Nevertheless, it is important to begin your legal case as soon as possible, so that your attorneys can locate the evidence required to prove your case.

Contact a New Jersey lawyer for a free consultation about a child injury claim

Seigel Law in Ridgewood pursues compensation for child victims of personal injuries throughout North Jersey. Please call 201-444-4000 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We also meet with clients who are unable to travel in their home or hospital room.