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Injuries to Children

Cappetta Law Offices is devoted to helping you obtain compensation for injuries to children caused by negligence. We thoroughly pursue your claim and represent your best interests at no up-front cost. Legal consultations are always free and you pay nothing unless we recover compensation for you. Our offices in Natick and Framingham provide extensive service to families throughout Massachusetts.

Causes of Injuries to Children

Child injuries are largely preventable. Parental supervision is crucial to accident prevention. But even the most careful parents sometimes find that kids have an ability to break the rules and get into trouble. In fact, many of the worst injuries happen at home. Other fatalities take place in moving vehicles like cars and boats. Common sources of injury to children include:

  • Dog bites
  • Poisoning
  • Drowning
  • Suffocation
  • Fires, burns
  • Birth defects
  • Slip-and-falls
  • Drunk driving
  • Allergic reaction
  • Traffic accidents
  • Defective products
Child Injuries Caused by Malpractice

Mistakes during pregnancy and delivery can cause permanent damage. Improper administration of anesthesia and other labor-inducing drugs can result in a coma. During a difficult labor, health care providers must diligently respond to patient or fetal distress. Rushing to deliver the baby by pulling on its arm may damage a fragile network of nerves near the baby’s shoulder. This causes Erb’s and cerebral palsy, birth defects that can permanently impair motor function. Whether the mistake involves forceps, vacuum extractors, or dilatory response to bleeding, negligent doctors may be held liable to the injured mother and baby in a medical malpractice claim.

Accidental Injuries on the Road

Car accidents are caused by negligent drivers who breach a legal duty of care. When a distracted motorist causes an accident resulting in injury, he or she is responsible for any damages that result. The same rule applies to all drivers, whether they are operating a bus, truck, or boat. If the crash involves an injury or wrongful death to a child, the negligent parties may be liable for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other financial losses. Future costs may include therapy, rehabilitation, and any other expenses required to treat, educate, and provide for a disabled child. Families are entitled to additional damages in cases of wrongful death.

Child Injuries at Home

Children account for more than one-third of all slip-and-fall fatalities in the United States. Their lack of coordination and fragile skeletons make them especially vulnerable to injury. Property owners have a duty to eliminate dangerous conditions on property that may injure a child. This may include vicious pets, slippery floors, or uncovered pools. The duty could require providing adequate supervision, removing obstacles, and “baby-proofing” the property. Owners who fail to protect a child from unreasonable harm may be subject to premises liability.

Injuries Caused by Defective Products

Millions of toys and home appliances are recalled each year because of their risk of injury to children. Defective products can cause a variety of injuries, from strangling and poisoning to electrocution and burns. Product liability law holds manufacturers liable for any harm caused by defective products. Before reaching the market, products must pass rigorous safety inspections and clearly warn consumers of potential dangers to children. If a child is harmed by any “foreseeable” use of a flawed product, manufacturers may be strictly liable for the injury.

Consult a Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyer

Recover compensation for injuries to children and other preventable accidents by contacting a personal injury lawyer for help. Cappetta Law Offices provides comprehensive personal injury representation to injury victims in Middlesex County and beyond. Rest assured that you will receive prompt, diligent service. You pay no fees unless we win your case. At Cappetta Law Offices, we understand that injuries to children are devastating. That is why we are dedicated to protecting your rights and helping you get back on your feet. We never charge for consultations or representation unless we recover compensation for you. Call (508) 969-9505 for a free consultation or contact us online.