Where Children’s Injuries Can Occur
There are many different situations in which a child can suffer a serious injury caused by others’ negligence or disregard for safety. Some accidents are caused by a teacher or caregiver’s failure to provide adequate supervision to prevent a child from getting into a hazardous situation. Some accidents are caused by a property owner’s failure to secure a swimming pool or trampoline or lack of proper maintenance of playground equipment.
Our Columbia children’s injuries lawyers at Joye Law Firm handle cases involving the following types of accidents:
- Daycare accidents
- School accidents
- Playground accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Accidents involving unsafe products such as dangerous toys or car seats
- Car accidents
Who is Liable in a Child Injury Claim?
The attorneys at Joye Law Firm can conduct a thorough investigation of your child’s injury to determine who is legally liable under South Carolina civil law. If the injury resulted from an avoidable accident caused by someone else’s carelessness or disregard for safety, it may be appropriate to file a personal injury claim to seek compensation.
Children spend many hours at school. If your child was injured at school or while participating in a school activity, it is possible the school system may be liable for your child’s injury. However, public schools in South Carolina are generally shielded from lawsuits by sovereign immunity.
There are specific steps to take and legal notification deadlines to meet to bring a personal injury claim against public school systems such as the Richland County School District or a nearby public school system. That means that you have only a limited amount of time to have an attorney review the accident and investigate it to determine the cause.
If an investigation by our attorneys at Joye Law Firm finds evidence that a school system or a school employee such as a bus driver was responsible for your child’s injury, we can file a claim on your behalf and pursue just compensation. Filing an injury claim can focus attention on a systemic issue in a school system and prevent other children from being harmed.
The first step to take after your child receives medical treatment is to explore your legal options during a free case review with a Columbia child injury lawyer. It is crucial that you speak with a qualified child injury lawyer as quickly as possible. If you delay, you may lose the right to take action.