Time Limits on Personal Injury Claims for ChildrenPublished: Feb 28, 2017 in Personal Injury
Children injure themselves all the time. However, if a child suffers from an injury that was the result of someone else’s negligence or careless acts, they may be entitled to compensation. If you believe that another party was responsible for your child’s injury, it’s important to consult experienced Alabama personal injury lawyers immediately because there is a time limit on filing personal injury claims for children.
Filing personal injury claims involving children can be complex. If you have questions, contact Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. today at (205) 933-1500. We can help you begin the claim process and determine which options are best for you and your family.
Statute of Limitations
The purpose of the statute of limitation laws is to ensure that all lawsuits are filed fairly. Each state gives the injured party a certain amount of time to figure out whether it is in their best interests to file a legal claim. That amount of time is a deadline within which you must file a lawsuit if you are going to. If you decide to file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations runs, your case may be thrown out by the court.
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Alabama is two years from the date of injury. However, there are some exceptions. Age is one of those exceptions. If a child is injured, the statute of limitations does not begin to run until they are 19 years old. Thus, if you would like to file a personal injury claim on behalf of a minor, you have until they are 21 to file a lawsuit, but not more than 20 years total from the time of the injury. This protects children until they are able to make their own decisions.
How Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
When you trust a daycare center, babysitter, or school with caring for your child, you expect them to supervise them closely so that accidents and injuries are prevented. Child supervisors who fail to monitor children properly should be held accountable for their negligent behavior.
If your child has been the victim of an injury that was the result of a lack of supervision, a defective toy, a car accident, a school bus accident, dog bite accident, swimming pool accident, or emotional abuse or neglect, Alabama personal injury lawyers are an invaluable resource.
They can assess your case, determine who’s at fault, and help you recover compensation for the medical bills and pain and suffering your child has endured. Seeking skilled legal representation can allow you to focus your time and energy on aiding your child instead of trying to sort through the legalities and complexities involved in your case.
Call the Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. Today
Your child deserves to be protected and compensated for an accident and injury that was someone else’s fault. Call the compassionate Alabama personal injury lawyers at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. today at (205) 933-1500 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
We will help you understand the statute of limitations on your personal injury claim and make sure you file all the necessary court documents on time. Our initial consultations are always free. With offices in Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, and Montgomery, our attorneys will quickly travel anywhere in the state of Alabama to investigate your case.