Protecting Your Children
Serving Clients Nationwide from Our Texas Offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston
We hope that our children never fall victim to serious accidents or injuries. Unfortunately, negligent individuals, property owners, and companies cause thousands of children to suffer fatal injuries each year in the United States. The livelihood and well-being of our most vulnerable population is often taken for granted for the sake of turning a profit, neglecting proper safety procedures and protocols in the process.
Parents should not have to fear for their child’s safety when on the roadways, in the hospital, or on another person’s property. When the unthinkable happens to your child, you need a personal injury lawyer with the legal resources and experienced team of legal professionals to handle your case.
For over two decades, Thomas J. Henry has represented injured children across the state of Texas and the United States. We will fiercely advocate for your child and fight for the compensation you deserve. If your child has been the victim of negligence, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced child injury lawyers will take immediate action on your case.
WHAT ARE COMMON CAUSES OF CHILD INJURIES?
Parents have an innate sense to protect their children; however, a variety of unique dangers can unfortunately lead to the injury or death of a child. Some common causes of child injuries include:
- Child automobile accidents
- Unsafe or dangerous premises
- Medical malpractice
- Choking and strangulation
- Defective or unsafe toys
- Sports-related injuries
- Child abuse
- Crib-related injuries
- Defective car seats
- Drowning accidents
- Boating accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Amusement park accidents
CHILD INJURIES STATISTICS
- 9,143 children (age 0-19) died due to an accidental injury in 2009
- Twenty-five children died each day from accidental injuries
- Accidental injuries are the leading cause of death among children after infancy
- An estimated 8.7 million children were treated at an emergency department for an accidental injury in 2009
- More than 225,000 children require hospitalization each year due to an accidental injury
- Leading causes of accidental child deaths in 2009
- Motor vehicle crashes — 4,564
- Suffocation — 1,160
- Drowning — 983
- Poisoning — 824
- Fire and burn-related injuries — 391
- Leading causes of accidental child injuries
- Struck by/against an object
- Motor vehicle crashes
SERIOUS INJURIES YOUR CHILD COULD SUSTAIN IN AN ACCIDENT
Many of the situations listed above are common; however, all of them are preventable and all of them can lead to serious injuries to your child. In fact, an estimated 8.3 million children under the age of 19 were seen in an emergency department in 2013 with unintentional injuries. Depending on the severity of the accident, injuries that could occur are:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Eye injuries
- Head injury
- Long term or short term disability
- Mental and emotional impairment
- Spinal cord injury
- Surgical intervention
- Tendon tears
RETAINING THE BEST EXPERTS FOR YOUR CHILD’S INJURY LAWSUIT
In every personal injury case we handle, we retain the best expert witnesses from across the country. Experts may give report and testimony for judges, lawyers, and insurance companies in federal and state trials and arbitration. Thomas J. Henry has spent years finding the most qualified experts, and each expert undergoes a thorough questioning and examination before ever participating in a case. Finding the right expert can prove to be crucial in the success of your child’s injury case.
Our experienced child injury attorneys will determine which experts should be retained for your specific case. Every case is unique, but experts that may be retained in your child’s injury case include:
- Pediatric physicians
- Pediatric pathologists
- Maternal fetal medicine physicians
- Life care planners
- Aquatic injuries experts
- Child abuse consultants
- Accident reconstruction experts
Thomas J. Henry retains an array of experts from different fields. It is our goal to put injured child clients in the best position possible to win their injury case and obtain maximum compensation.
HAS YOUR CHILD SUFFERED A SERIOUS INJURY DUE TO AN ACCIDENT?
If your child has been injured in an accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Children are vulnerable to injury, especially when negligent individuals and property owners put their safety in jeopardy. Automobile accidents, unsafe premises, medical malpractice, and defective toys can all cause severe harm to our children.
When your child suffers from a severe injury, you need a law firm with experienced injury attorneys and the legal resources to win your case. Thomas J. Henry has experience representing clients from across the nation in various types of accidents and obtaining record-breaking, real results.
RECENT VEHICLE RECALL RESULT
$30.2 MillionNet to Client: $20.1 Million | Expenses: $39,576.15 | Attorney Fees: $10,060,980.00
THOMAS J. HENRY – 2013 TOP BIRTH INJURY ADVOCATESAwarded In 2013 to Thomas J. Henry by Parenting Magazine
RECENT MEDICAL MALPRACTICE RESULT
$10.9 MillionExpenses: $175,000.00 | Attorneys Fees: $3,200,000.00 | Net to Client: $4,029,762.00 (Purchase of a Lifetime Annuity)
RECENT VEHICLE RECALL RESULT
$30.2 MillionExpenses: $39,576.15 | Attorneys Fees: $10,060,980.00 | Net to Client: $20,121,960.57
Child Injury FAQs
Do you have questions after your child suffered an injury? Check out the following FAQs. If you don’t find your answer below, contact us and speak with an experienced child injury lawyer. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends to provide you with a free case review.
- My child has been injured due to someone else’s negligence. What should I do?
The first and most important thing is obtaining proper medical care. Once the child’s injuries are being professionally addressed, if there is a belief that the injury was the fault of someone else, or because of a defective product or unsafe condition of property, immediate investigation should begin. This is most often undertaken by skilled investigators and experts in consultation with skilled personal injury legal counsel. Often evidence that is crucial to proving fault for an injury can be easily and quickly lost. It is very important to preserve all possible evidence, and to obtain photographs.
- What is a child injury lawsuit?
A child injury case may be brought when an individual under the age of 18 is injured due to the fault of another person or organization. Examples of a child injury case include car wreck or semi-truck accidents, dog bites, daycare or caretaker abuse/negligence, birth injuries, burns, choking, drowning, or any other personal injury. The most serious child injury cases involve permanent injury or death. A guardian, usually the child’s parent, is appointed by the court to bring a lawsuit (if necessary) on the child’s behalf.
- What is the statute of limitations for child personal injury cases?
In general the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in the state of Texas is two years. However, the two-year statute of limitations does not apply for a child until they are 18 years old. Children have until their 20th birthday to file a personal injury claim if the injury occurred when they were a minor. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can assist you with filing deadlines and statute of limitations questions if your child was injured in an accident.
- Will my child be affected emotionally if I file an injury lawsuit on their behalf?
No. The laws have changed dramatically in recent years to protect child injury victims. Even in civil cases involving molestation, the identity of the child will be protected and the child will not be able to be cross-examined in the way the people sometimes see on TV and in the movies. The parent or guardian for the purpose of the litigation will be more involved in the lawsuit, and the child will usually be able to live their normal life without the lawsuit interfering in any significant way. In most instances, a case will settle outside of court and a lawsuit will not be necessary.
- My child was the victim of sexual abuse. Why do I need a lawyer?
A child sex abuse attorney can help determine if the person who abused your child has insurance that might help your child heal from the significant harm they suffered. Because a child abuser doesn’t always have the means, assets, or insurance to pay for his victim’s injuries, it’s sometimes difficult for child abuse victims to receive compensation. Our attorneys will look at all options available for obtaining a financial recovery. Money recovered can help with expenses related to your child’s health and future, including medical bills and counseling.
- My baby was born with a birth defect. Do I have a case?
You may have a case. The most tragic injuries can happen during birth. Sometimes the birth injury is caused by negligence or malpractice. When this is the case, the pain and suffering and financial burden it causes can be eased by an award that compensates you for the full consequences of the injury and its long-term effects. In most cases, both the baby and the parents have the right to compensation. The first step when dealing with a tragedy like this is to talk with an experienced birth injury attorney.
- How do I know if a doctor made a mistake or if the birth injury was a natural act?
In most cases, you won’t know whether your circumstances give rise to a valid medical malpractice claim until you have talked to an experienced birth injury lawyer. Doctors and medical facilities are governed by detailed professional standards of care during prenatal, delivery and postnatal stages of pregnancy and birth. Anytime medical professionals fail to follow accepted procedures, injuries can result, and the doctors and hospital can be held accountable for medical malpractice.
- Can my child recover damages after being injured at a daycare center?
Yes. If the daycare owners, workers, and employees were negligent or reckless in their conduct, leading to injury to the child, they may be held liable.. When daycare employees and workers fail to provide a safe environment for your child, causing an injury, you may have a personal injury claim. Our experienced child injury lawyers can help determine if your child has a viable claim.
- My child was injured at an amusement park. Can I sue the amusement park for my child’s injuries?
Like every property owner, amusement park owners and operators have a legal responsibility to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition. If a person suffers an amusement park injury that could have been avoided if the amusement park had taken reasonable preventative steps, the injured person may be able to successfully sue the amusement park for compensation.
- Who is responsible for an injury at an amusement park?
Depending on what caused the amusement park injury, legal responsibility may rest with the amusement park’s owner, the designer or manufacturer of an amusement park ride, a concession stand owner, or another company entirely. Sometimes, more than one company may be wholly or partially responsible for paying compensation to the injury victim. It is important to retain an experienced amusement park lawyer who has handled these cases and knows which defendants to include in the lawsuit.