What Should I do if My Child is Injured in an Accident?

Every parent’s nightmare is seeing their child hurt. Unfortunately, it happens, and if your child was injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence, you need a team of compassionate, knowledgeable New Jersey personal injury attorneys on your side. Please continue reading to learn more about these accidents and how our firm can help you through every step of the process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Can I sue on behalf of my child in New Jersey?

If your child is injured in an accident while you are present, you should take the following steps:

  1. Call the police. They will send an ambulance to the scene of the accident.
  2. If your child was injured on someone else’s property, notify the property owner. If he/she was injured in an auto accident, get the other driver’s insurance information.
  3. Ask anyone who witnessed the accident for their contact information.
  4. Take pictures of the scene of the accident.
  5. Ensure your child receives immediate medical treatment, and once he/she does, ask the doctor for all medical documentation concerning his/her injuries.
  6. Retain the services of an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney. 

Can I sue on behalf of my child if he is injured in an accident?

Yes. Personal injury claims on behalf of minor children have two parts. The first part is suing for tangible financial damages, known as economic damages. These include the cost of medical treatment, therapy, and more. The second part of these personal injury claims is noneconomic damages, which deal more with damages that do not involve money, such as disfigurement, pain and suffering, the loss of enjoyment of life, and more.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Jersey?

If your child is injured in an accident, once he or she receives medical treatment, you should not wait to file your personal injury claim. This is because there is a statute of limitations in place in New Jersey that determines the amount of time you will have to sue the liable party. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Jersey is, generally, two years, which means that, in most cases, you will have two years from the date of your accident to sue the party responsible. Our firm is ready to begin the claims process on your behalf today. All you have to do is ask.


Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt due to another party’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

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