As a parent, you do everything possible to protect your child from harm. Unfortunately, not everyone shares your commitment to safety. If your child was in a car accident caused by a negligent person or company, the traumatic experience can affect them physically, mentally, and financially for years to come. Fortunately, Georgia law allows car crash victims to take legal action to pursue compensation from an at-fault party—and while victims under the age of 18 can't file their own personal injury claim, as a parent or guardian, you can file one on their behalf.
In Georgia, personal injury claims involving victims who are minors are often comprised of two separate parts or actions: the parents' claim and the child's claim. The first claim allows parents or guardians to seek compensation for their child's medical bills and other accident-related costs, including future expenses incurred before the child turns 18. Parents can also pursue damages for wages lost as a result of missing work to care for their injured child.
The child's claim is for compensation for reasonable and necessary medical care required after their 18th birthday, as well as for any loss of earning capacity or loss of future earnings. Children can also recover compensation for physical and mental pain and suffering, in addition to other losses. In cases where the at-fault party's conduct is deemed particularly egregious, punitive damages may also be awarded.
We Can Help You Fight For a Fair Recovery
If your child was injured in a car accident and you want to hold the at-fault party accountable, Rechtman and Spevak is here to assist you. Our accomplished personal injury lawyers can file claims on behalf of you and your child, and gather the evidence needed to build a strong case for damages. Let us ensure both you—and your child—receive the recovery you deserve. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.