Can I Bring a Personal Injury Claim on Behalf of a Child in Colorado?
Children in Colorado can get injured in similar ways as adults. There are also child injuries more likely to occur because of negligence on behalf of adults, such as injuries caused by choking, drowning, and falls. When a child is injured in Colorado, they can’t take legal action on their own, so their legal guardian—usually a parent—must fight on their behalf.
Colorado allows legal guardians to file personal injury claims on behalf of children, but there’s a specific process for reviewing the minor’s settlement once it’s won. The Colorado court system reviews every minor’s settlement to ensure the best interests of the child are met and the funds are distributed properly.
If your child has been injured in Colorado, you can speak to a Denver personal injury lawyer from Justice for Colorado about filing a claim.
Damages a Parent Can Recover for Their Injured Child in Colorado
After proving negligence against the liable party in your child’s accident, you can recover compensation for both economic and non-economic damages on behalf of your child. Economic damages may include medical expenses and lost wages for the time you’ve taken out of work. Non-economic damages may include pain and suffering, lost life enjoyment, emotional distress, and scarring and disfigurement.
Compromise of a Minor’s Claim in Colorado
Once you’ve won a settlement on behalf of your child in Colorado, a Compromise of a Minor’s Claim will follow to finalize and approve of the personal injury settlement. Everyone involved in the lawsuit must sign this claim. A Rule 16 petition must be approved so your child can officially win the lawsuit. Once they officially win the lawsuit, the court will approve a plan to handle the funds.
Consult a Denver Personal Injury Attorney
Although child injury lawsuits are more complex than adult injury lawsuits, they’re still worth pursuing. Your child deserves compensation for what they’ve been through and the money they win can help them as they recover and grow.
If you’re ready to speak with a Denver personal injury lawyer from Justice for Colorado about your child’s situation, call 303-647-9691 or fill out the contact form below to schedule a free consultation.