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Houston Child Injury Lawyer Brit Mitchell
Houston's #1 Child Injury Lawyers for 2020 and 2021. Brit Mitchell champions for injured children and can help your family today!
Children are precious gifts, and few events in life are more traumatic and difficult on a family than experiencing a child injury. Unfortunately, young children are injured or lose their lives at alarming rates here in Houston due to the unsafe and negligent actions of other individuals or corporations. Child injury accidents often cause serious injuries such as concussions, broken bones, or paralysis, and result in extensive medical treatment costs that sometimes span from childhood into and through their adult life.
If you child has recently been injured or assaulted in a personal injury accident in Houston, Texas, we can help. Brit Mitchell is a Houston Child Injury Lawyer known for his high rate of success in complex child safety and accident cases across Texas. Ask to speak with Brit directly by calling (866)434-0014, or fill out our contact form and one of our personal injury lawyer will call you now. And remember, there is never a charge for our consultations.
We Help After Your Child Is Injured From By Another's Negligence
Children don’t have the maturity and experience to fully understand the consequences of their actions, which requires adults to take on added responsibilities when children are around. Unfortunately, this doesn't always occur. When parents, caregivers, or other adults are negligent, children can get seriously injured. Child injury lawyer Brit Mitchell. Such accidents can be physically, emotionally, and financially catastrophic. An adult responsible for a child’s injury must be held legally accountable for their negligence.
In a better world, at-fault parties and their insurance companies would take responsibility for a child’s catastrophic injury. But all too often, that isn’t how our world works. In order to hold the responsible parties accountable and recover the financial compensation your child deserves, you’ll need an experienced, dedicated child injury attorney to back up your case using facts, evidence, and compelling legal arguments. At Sneed & Mitchell LLP, our Houston personal injury attorneys know how to care for and protect injury victims and their families. Child injury claims are not only heartbreaking, but difficult to litigate. We know what it takes. We will research your case, secure evidence, and stand up to at-fault parties and shady insurers. We will stand beside you every step of the way and fight for the legal recognition and financial compensation you deserve.
Our Houston Child Injury Lawyers know that child injuries are heartbreaking and want to help your family through this trying time. We will shoulder the burden of handling your child’s legal injury claim so that you and your family can focus on what matters: your child. We’ll investigate your claim, gather expert testimony, generate persuasive legal arguments, and fight for the highest settlement possible. If negotiation fails, however, fighting for you and your family in court is always an option. Our skilled trial lawyers are prepared to argue your child injury case before a compassionate Houston jury.
Call or reach us online now to learn more about we are designed for your child's success. We will review your case in a free consultation.
Common Injuries Our Child-Clients Suffer Here In Harris County
Injuries to children can occur in many ways. Some of the most common accidents resulting in child injury include:
A family’s anguish is immense when a child’s injuries are serious. If those injuries are the result of another’s reckless, irresponsible, or negligent behavior, a child injury lawyer can help hold the responsible parties accountable and recover financial compensation to support the child’s recovery.
Head & Neck
Back & Spine
Loss of Life
Current Child Injury and Accident Lawsuits Handled Brit Mitchell
Sneed|Mitchell LLP handles child safety and accident cases across Texas and is regularly referred children injury cases from other law firms. The following are a few of the child accident clients our firm is currently handling as of April 19, 2022 (with our clients names removed for privacy):
John Doe vs. Becker - January 23, 2021, Our 6 year-old client was injured in a trucking accident while riding passenger in her parent's small sedan, the child suffered injuries to her elbow and ribs.
John Doe vs. Trevino — Our child-client, only four years old, suffered a moderate concussion and internal bleeding in a motor vehicle accident when her aunt's vehicle was struck by a distracted driver December 1, 2020.
John Doe vs. Altitude — The bounce facility failed to prevent our client, 3 years old, from entering a portion of the gymnasium meant only for teenagers, the child later fell fifteen feet and suffered ruptured tendons in her ankle September 17, 2020.
John Doe vs Require — Our four year old client was struck by a car speeding through his neighborhood on September 10, 2020. The child was wearing a helmet at the time, but suffered multiple facial lacerations and nerve injuries to his eye.
If you live in the Houston area, contact the experienced child accident lawyers at Sneed & Mitchell Law Firm at (866) 434-0014 for a free case review to discuss the circumstances surrounding your child’s injury.
The Types of Damages Your Child Can Receive After A Personal Injury Accident
After a child is injured, a successful personal injury lawsuit would allow the injured child to collect financial compensation for all losses stemming from the at-fault party's negligence, or other wrongdoing. These losses are called "special damages" and "general damages", described in more detail here:
Medical bills, including the cost of future health care incurred by the injury
Pain and suffering
Ongoing costs permanent disability (e.g. prosthetic devises, building modifications, future restrictions on living conditions)
Potential future lost wage or reduced earning capacity
Pain and suffering
Lost or reduced enjoyment of life
Mental anguish and emotional distress
Permanent disability or disfigurement
Loss of services and/or companionship to the family
Injured to children often cause long-lasting injuries with high medical treatment costs. It is our job to fight to have every form of damage provided. After our child injury lawyers determine how your child’s injuries took place, there may be multiple legal avenues to pursue complete compensation. As an examples, if our Child Injury Lawyers discover that your son or daughters suffered injuries from a defective toy, we would bring a lawsuit against the seller (store), marketer, and manufacturer.
Child Injury Statistics
Every day in Houston, Texas, young children are injured or killed because of the actions of other people or corporations. As skilled Houston personal injury lawyers we have handled many cases that involve injuries to children and often share the following key statistics to Judges, jurors, and mediators when fighting on behalf of children:
Injury is the leading cause of death in children and young adults. According to the CDC most recent statistical review in 2019, approximately 12,000 children and young adults aged 1 to 19 years, die from unintentional injuries each year.
Falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injury for children. Children ages 19 and under account for about 8,000 fall-related visits to hospital emergency rooms every day.
Each year about 100 children are killed and 254,000 are injured as a result of bicycle-related accidents.
Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 1 to 4. Each year, Texas loses about 80 children to fatal drowning. The majority of drownings and near-drownings occur in residential swimming pools and in public water sites.
Unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among infants under age 1.
Each year, nearly 2,000 children under the age of fourteen lose their lives as a result of accidents that occur within the home. These at home deaths often include fires, swimming pool drownings, firearms, falls, ingestion of toxic substances, choking, and poisoning.
According to a March 2020 report from the child advocacy organization Kids in Danger, product recalls related to child toys and products increase dramatically from the prior years. In 2019, there were 776 reported accidents caused 58 products being recalled, which is an an average of 13.4 accident cases per recalled product.
There are legal restrictions on the time allowed to file a child safety of accident claim with Sneed & Mitchell LLP's Child Injury Attorneys, so it is important that you meet with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your case.
Things To Consider When Filing A Personal Injury Lawsuit in Texas
Children cannot pursue financial compensation for their injuries alone. Minors--children under the age of 18--cannot file a lawsuit for a personal injury. The legal guardians of the child must sue on their behalf. But the suffering of children is distinct from that of adults. Often, fully appreciating the consequences of their injuries takes an experienced personal injury lawyer’s ability to account for the long-term impacts of an accident.
Consequently, it is essential that an injured child’s guardians hire a personal injury attorney who has an extensive experience with child injuries. A lawyer that appreciates the special considerations at play when pursuing damages on the behalf of a minor is essential. A party cannot sue and settle twice for the same injury. If a lawyer fails to pursue appropriate damages there won’t be a second chance to secure just compensation, even if the first suit is filed by a guardian.
My Child Was Injured In A Car Crash
If your child was injured in a car accident as a passenger, pedestrians, or bicyclists, they are entitled to compensation for the medical bills, rehabilitation costs, ongoing care, and the economic impact the injury has caused your family. Our attorneys understand the emotional toll of the whole ordeal and believe the impact on your family is always incalculable. Let our child accident and injury lawyers hear how the crash occurred and assist you in asserting legal actions for your child's injuries and damages.
According to CDC, nearly 150 children ages 0 to 19 are treated every hour in U.S. emergency departments for crash-related injuries, and motor vehicle collisions continue to be the leading cause of death among children age 4 and ages 11-14. Of the collisions child death that occurred in car accidents in 2018, and 2019, nearly 70% percent were passenger vehicle occupants, 20% were pedestrians, and 5% percent were bicyclists, and the majority of accidents are caused by motorist engaged in distracted driving, including drivers texting while driving.
Just like adults, Texas law provide children with the right to seek full compensation for their injuries caused by a driver's negligence. Sometimes this includes the multiple drivers or commercial trucks. In the case that a child died in a traffic accident and your family is seeking a wrongful death lawsuit, our attorneys can also assist. The important thing to know is that if your child has been hurt, a child car accident lawyer can help determine if your family has a valid claim for damages.
My Child Was Injured At Daycare
If your child was hurt or injured while in a childcare or daycare facility, we can assist your family in filing a personal injury lawsuit on your child’s behalf for legal compensation. In order to file a successful lawsuit, a Houston Child Injury Lawyer must prove the daycare provider was "negligent", which requires showing the provider owed a duty of care to your child, breached the duty, and that the violation caused your child physical harm.
But, the legal analysis doesn't end there, because defense lawyers always blame the child for contributing to their own injuries, and this is allowed under Texas "proportionate responsibility" rules.
Child care and learning facilities in Texas have an elevated duty to ensure kids receive adequate supervision to prevent injuries. Our personal injuries commonly represent children injured wandering away from the facility, or who have choking on food or unsafe toys, fallen or been dropped, ingested objects, gained access to parking lots or streets, been injured on buses, or been physically, sexually, or verbally abused.
Daycare and childcare facilities are have a higher duty under Texas law to protect your son or daughter from being harmed. When they fail this duty, we are prepared to help you recover for your child’s medical bills, emotional impact, ongoing therapy and treatment costs, and the economic impact your family experienced as a result of the child-care facilities unsafe actions.
My Child Was Hurt In A School Bus Accident
If your child was injured in a school bus accident, attorney Brit Mitchell and her team of car accident advocates will represent your family against the insurance carrier for the School District. Your child is entitled to legal compensation under Texas law, which includes both economic and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment and emotional distress.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), school buses remain the safest transportation option for children. While this is true, the unfortunate reality is that thousands of kids are still hurt here in Texas by bus accidents. Here in Texas, public schools are protected against lawsuits by sovereign immunity by the Texas Tort Claims Act, but one exception includes children harmed by while being transported. These cases often include the negligent or unsafe actions of the bus driver, poor weather, or a failure to properly maintain the bus. No matter what the cause, children hurt in these accidents often have the option to recover for their past, present, and future losses.
My Child Was Injured or Drowned in A Swimming Pool
If your child suffered harm or drowned in swimming pool, your family can count on Sneed & Mitchel LLP to provide caring, aggressive, and strategic legal representation. Brit Mitchell has handled public and private pool downing-injury cases across Texas and will assist you every step of the way.
Under The Texas Property Code, neighbors and or pool operators can be easily held liable under the premises liability rules or “attractive nuisance” if the owner failed to properly fence their pool and children entered without warning, or for allowing children to swim in pools without proper safety equipment in place, or for not provide appropriate supervision of the children in the pool. Determining legal liability for a Texas pool accident injury can be complicated and required an experienced Child Injury Lawyer to properly analyze the swimming pool incident and inform a family of their full legal options.
In 2019, Texas led the nation drowning accidents involving children, and Harris County is their most common location. According to the CDC, children suffering swimming pool accidents require hospitalization or transfer for further care in 50% of cases, and many are left with permanent disabilities from brain injuries including paralysis.
My Child Was Injured By A Toy
In many cases, parents can recover if their child was injured by a defective toy here in Texas because product liability is a “strict liability offense”. This means that a Child Injury Lawyer doesn’t have to prove the toy manufacturer was negligent. If there is a defect in the product and the product led to your child’s harm, the defendant is liable. This is based upon Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Chapter 82.
Injuries to children caused by detective or dangerous toys are far too common. According to data collected by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, children and adolescents ages 0-19 sustained over 1 million toy-related injuries that were treated in emergency departments from 2015 and 2018.
The Doctor Misdiagnosed My Child And It Caused Injuries
If the misdiagnosis by a Texas physician caused your family to incur medical expenses, or your child to suffer additional injury or trauma, you could have a case of pediatric malpractice, which is a particular subset of medical malpractice relating to children. Misdiagnosis is the leading brain injuries accounted for the highest percentage of claims for all age groups: neonates, 48%; first year, 36%; child, 15%; and teenager, 11%
There are many types of pediatric malpractice, including birth injuries, medication errors, errors during surgery, and or a misapplication of anesthesia. If your child is showing symptoms of having a mental, physical, or emotional condition that you believe is related to medical care your son or daughter received, then there’s a chance you could have a pediatric malpractice case.
An experienced Houston Child Injury Lawyer is needed to assess how the injury occurred and prove the physician's actions failed to meet the legal standard of care by he or she making a determination that a reasonable doctor would not have engaged in similar actions.
My Child Died In An Accident And We Need A Wrongful Death Lawyer
If another person or entity’s actions caused the death of your child here in Houston, Texas, you have rights and legal options of recovery and a lawsuit is best way to proceed. The damages recoverable for the wrongful death of a child start with “special damages”, which includes medical, hospital, and medication expenses incurred before death, oftentimes these are the ambulance ride, emergency surgery, life support, etc.
Additional damages include loss of consortium for non-monetary things like love, companionship, and destruction of a parent-child relationship, etc. Houston Child Injury Lawyer Brit Mitchell also always tries to sue for “punitive damages” whenever possible. Punitive damages are a fee assessed by a Judge or jury to punish the behavior of the liable party. Punitive damages often make up a large portion of case settlements and judgements that exceed 1 million dollars.
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Contact the Houston child injury and accident attorneys of Sneed & Mitchell LLP today at (866) 434-0014 to speak with Brit Mitchell, directly. Brit is an experienced child injury lawyer with a proven record of success helping children and their families recover against the unsafe and negligent individuals or companies.
Our personal injury law firm also handles all claims on a contingency basis, meaning you don’t you don’t pay for our services if we don’t win! Your child deserves compensation after being hurt in an avoidable accident, have Houston's most skilled and experienced child advocates in your corner. Free virtual and telephone conferences are also available everyday, 24/7, for your convenience. We also invite you to download our eBook for free insight into the process of personal injury claims here in Harris County.
At Sneed & Mitchell LLP, we know exactly how impactful and child injury accidents and injuries are — and how important a zealous and experienced lawyer is towards the success of each child's case. Our record of outstanding representation in child safety lawsuits has earned us 5-star ratings on Google, AVVO, AV, and Facebook. Our law firm also regularly handles the child injury cases of other lawyers in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and throughout Texas.