Personal Injury Lawyer Washington, DC
When you were informed that your child had been involved in a car accident, you likely felt as if your heart skipped a beat. Perhaps it felt as if it had skipped several beats. As a parent, you work extremely hard to ensure that your child is safe and well cared for. But accidents do happen to even the most conscientious of individuals and families. As a result, it is important to seek out any support you may need at this challenging time.
Depending on the nature of the accident, you may benefit from speaking with our firm. For example, if the accident resulted in injuries or property damage, we can answer any questions you may have and help you make informed decisions about your legal options moving forward. Regardless of whether the accident was your child’s fault, it may be helpful to speak with our firm about the unique circumstances surrounding the incident.
If the Accident Was Not My Child’s Fault
If another individual or entity caused your child’s car accident, you may be able to hold the responsible party liable under the law. Filing a personal injury suit may be an option for your family. If you choose to file a claim, your child and your family may be awarded economic and/or non-economic damages related to harm caused by the accident. For example, if your child needed to seek medical treatment for his or her injuries, any resulting medical bills may be compensated. In addition, if he or she experienced pain and suffering as a result of trauma associated with the accident, he or she could be awarded damages related to that challenging reality as well.
If My Child’s Behavior Contributed to the Accident
If your child was partially or totally at fault for the accident, you may be concerned about whether you or your child could be held liable for any resulting harm or damage. The truth is that each accident is different. If your child was appropriately licensed to drive and only contributed to the accident in a minor way, you may still be able to file a personal injury suit and recover damages for the significant fraction of harm not caused by your child. If your child was appropriately licensed to drive and no harm resulted from the accident, there is nothing to be held liable for.
With that said, if your child was not appropriately licensed, was breaking terms of his or her license or permit, was drunk, distracted or otherwise compromising the safety of others in a negligent or knowing way, it is possible that your child and/or you could be held liable for any harm directly caused by the accident. In general, the owner of the car involved in causing an accident tends to be liable for harm resulting from that accident.
Legal Help Is Available
Few situations are more stressful than those involving a child suffering as a result of an accident. If your child has been involved in a motor vehicle collision, please do not hesitate to reach out to a personal injury lawyer Washington, DC relies on. An attorney from The Lawfirm of Frederick J. Brynn, P.C. can inform you of your legal options so that you can make the best decisions for your child and your family moving forward.