Parents send their kids off to school expecting them to get there and return home safely. Sometimes the unthinkable happens and a child is hit by a car and injured. Each year over 100 children are injured in school crossing zones, and hundreds more are injured close to the school but outside the crossing zones.

While this number may seem small statistically, for those who have been hurt and their loved ones, the number is way too large.

Student Struck in Crossing Zone in Santa Clarita

On Monday, December 9, 2019, an elementary school student was hit by a car while in the crosswalk near an elementary school, similar to an incident where a pedestrian got into an accident while walking in a Long Beach crosswalk. Witnesses say that the child was crossing the intersection of Newell Ranch Road and Grandview Drive when a silver Toyota sedan was turning left and hit the child.

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Fortunately, the injuries were not major, and the child is expected to make a full recovery at a local hospital. Local residents say that there have been issues before at the intersection and that it was just a matter of time before an accident happened.

When Children get Injured

Parents of an injured child have a lot of things to worry about: their child’s injuries, treatment and recovery and future, lost time from work, and wondering if things will ever get back to normal. The last thing on their mind at this point is compensation for their child’s injury. However, once some of the dust settles and the bills start piling up, then the issue becomes important.

The family has been through enough and shouldn’t have to shoulder the financial cost of their child’s injuries. This is when it’s important to understand how fault is established and how to get justly compensated for their child’s injuries.

Who’s at Fault?

When a child is hit in a crosswalk in an intersection, the fault of the accident is usually on the driver of the vehicle. While this isn’t always the case, chances are that the driver just didn’t see the child. The law requires that every driver give children heightened due care, especially around schools and school crossing zones.

The fault might also be on a school crossing guard for not doing their job correctly or even the design of the crossing zone and procedures which might draw the school into the mix.

Compensation

Once fault is established, then the parents of the child and the insurance company or companies will get together and discuss compensation. If there is no agreement, then there will be a trial to determine fault and what amount of compensation is appropriate.

When a child is injured, the law allows for certain types of damages, some of which are:

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  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Counseling/therapy
  • Lost time from work (parents in the care of their child)
  • Future diminished capacity to work (child)
  • Disability
  • Future rehabilitation/treatment
  • Permanent disfigurement

These are just a few, and the law allows an injured party to seek any financial losses that are a consequence of the accident. An experienced attorney is going to be able to determine which damages are proper to seek under the circumstances.

Call a Personal Injury Attorney Today

The best thing to do when injured at a construction site is to talk to an attorney. Even if you don’t hire one, you owe it to yourself to be advised of the law by an impartial professional. Then if you decide to get representation, then choose someone who is experienced and understands the law.

Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.