Children and Tractor-Trailer Collisions

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Commercial truck wrecks are all-too-common occurrences on Georgia’s roads and highways. With Interstates: I-285, I-85, I-75, I-20, I-16, and I-95 traversing the state, large trucks blanket Georgia at all times of the day and night.

Unfortunately, many trucking companies and drivers place profits over people. Deliveries need to be made, regardless of bad weather, speed, truck maintenance issues, and driver fatigue. This reality is reflected in a company’s failing to hire qualified drivers, letting poorly trained drivers operate semi-trucks, and allowing the maximum hours for driving limits to be exceeded. The result of this profit over safety business model is often serious personal injury to, and the wrongful death of, Georgia citizens, including many children.

Our Atlanta child injury law firm has handled numerous trucking cases, and secured results totaling many millions of dollars, within the metropolitan Atlanta area and from all over Georgia. We have been retained in commercial vehicle accident cases from numerous counties, including: Dekalb, Fulton, Clayton, Cobb, Gwinnett, Fayette, Pauling, Carroll, Cherokee, and Henry. Many of these claims involve large tractor-trailers and box trucks and demonstrate terrible conduct by CDL drivers and their employers.

Among the major child injuries we’ve seen from trucking accidents are:

• Herniated cervical and lumbar discs
• Fractured tibias / fibulas
• Broken arms, elbows, and ankles
• Fractures to the face, skull, and orbital socket
• Scarring from burn injuries and/or glass

How Does a Georgia Child Bring a Claim After a Georgia Truck Accident and Who Do They Sue?

Children under the age of 18 years must pursue lawsuits through their parents, a legal guardian, or a court-appointed Conservator. Generally, if a child lives with his parents, or a parent, the mother or father (or both) brings the claims on behalf of the child. In some circumstances, the child’s case against a trucking company, or almost any other type of Defendant, is brought by a responsible non-relative who is approved by the Court. A parent or Conservator will usually sue the at-fault driver, his employer/trucking company, and the insurance company who provides coverage to both the driver and his employer. Importantly, Georgia allows an injured party to directly sue the insurance company after a trucking collision. This is a bit unusual as, for example, one may not do that after a routine car accident.

What Damages May a Child Claim After a Trucking Accident In Georgia?

Just like an adult, a child may claim damages relating to his or her pain and suffering (both mental and physical), disfigurement (from scarring and the like), and other types of general damages that impact one’s loss of enjoyment of life.

Children under 18 years of age are not responsible for their own medical expenses under the law. Those charges must be paid by the parents. Accordingly, a child’s parents ‘own’ the claim for any medical bills that a child may incur after a truck accident. Once the child turns 18 years old, they become responsible for their own medical bills. So, if a future surgery or other type of medical treatment is needed, the child ‘owns’ and may bring those claims. In the tragic event of a wrongful death of a child after a truck accident, the parents bring a claim for the “full value of the life” of the child, as well as any medical and funeral bills.

Post-Traumatic Stress in Children After Georgia Truck Accidents

In addition to physical injury, Georgia kids also suffer a tremendous amount of emotional trauma after big truck and tractor-trailer wrecks. Children process traumatic events in a different way than adults. Often, mental harm from large truck wrecks is equal to, or exceeds, the physical harm. We encourage our clients and their children to seek mental health counseling if signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, or similar issues, arise following a car or truck accident. In fact, even if your child has not suffered a physical injury, and his or her post accident issues are entirely emotional, we welcome your call to our Atlanta child injury law firm so that we might provide the names of some outstanding child psychologists who specialize in post-traumatic stress disorder in children.

Our Atlanta-based legal team takes great pride in working with families to ensure that the best possible recovery, both financial and physical, is achieved for the children we represent. We believe that our case results and our client testimonials are proof that we meet and, usually, exceed, our clients’ expectations.

If you, your child, or a loved one has been in a wreck with a big truck, 18 wheeler, tractor-trailer, or other commercial vehicle, we welcome your call and are happy to provide a free consultation.

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Children and Dog Bites / Attacks

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Day Care Negligence

Parents in Atlanta and all over Georgia entrust their children to day cares every day. Undoubtedly, many of these day cares are run by owners who have the best interests of Georgia kids in mind. Unfortunately, some day cares fall prey to the common motivation of many corporations—profits. And, over emphasis on profits at day cares means that safety loses. After all, day cares are usually operated as for-profit corporations in Georgia. There is no problem with that business model, as long as these companies, by and through their employees, treat Georgia’s children properly...

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Playground Negligence

Our Atlanta child injury law firm has reviewed many serious injury claims related to playgrounds and play areas at local day cares. Atlanta area parks, schools, and childcare facilities have indoor and outdoor playgrounds, which allow to children to exercise, play, and develop social and motor skills. Kids need to play, but they need to do so in a safe environment. The good news is that playgrounds can be made safe fairly easily and without much cost to the property owner. The bad news is that all too often, day cares, recreational companies (such as “jump” houses and trampoline parks), and restaurants with play areas, fail to inspect, monitor, and supervise these playgrounds.

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Drowning Accident and Swimming Pool Injury

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IV Infiltrates

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Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Leg Fractures

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Arm Fractures

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Closed Head Injuries / Concussions

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