Injuries to Minors / Children

Injuries sustained by children, or the death of a child is an especially heart-breaking legal case. Erby Fischer and the attorneys at Fischer and Associates have a long track record of successfully litigating personal injury cases on behalf of the interests of minor children or the parents who may have lost a child at the hands of someone else’s negligence or due to a dangerous product. Representing a child is not the same as representing an adult and there are legal issues and administrative steps that require specialized knowledge, experience and diligence so that a case is not legally compromised. The laws in Alabama regarding the statute of limitations and contributory negligence are not the same when the victim is a child.

Children can get hurt and oftentimes it is not serious nor is it an adult’s fault and it’s just part of being a kid. Unfortunately, however, children are sometimes seriously injured or killed by a variety of negligent situations or accidents that could have been prevented. Some of these situations include:

  • Car wreck or other motor-vehicle accident
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • ATV or other Recreational-Vehicle Injuries (Golf-carts, 4-Wheelers)
  • Boating, Jet-ski Injuries
  • Swimming Pool Accidents or Drowning
  • Dog Bites
  • Pedestrian Accidents (children being struck on the street by a motor-vehicle)
  • Railroad / Train Injuries or Death
  • Accidental Poisoning
  • Accidental Gunshot Wounds
  • Playground Injuries
  • Electrocutions (near power-sites, fences)
  • Injury in Public Places due to Construction; Signs; Improperly-Maintained Buildings
  • Injuries at Daycares or Schools
  • Injuries due to Defective Toys or other products marketed to children

Statute of Limitations

Deadlines exist under the laws of the State of Alabama that bar lawsuits if not timely filed. When it comes to minors, the statute of limitations is calculated differently than for adults. A minor is anyone who has not reached the age of nineteen (19) at the time a claim arises. There are various factors that impact the statute. Therefore, it is very important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that the statute of limitations of your child’s potential case does not expire.

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