Attorney for Injured Minor Children
There is nothing more heartbreaking than when an Everett accident injures or kills a child
Attorney Bill Coats has worked with dozens of clients who had children injured or killed in an accident in Everett. Many were hurt while riding bicycles or skateboards. Some were hit or killed as pedestrians. Regardless of what type of accident, parents and families can be torn apart when a serious or fatal accident occurs.
Accidents involving minor children are different and require special legal processes
Washington State law has enacted special procedures for personal injury claims, and for collecting compensation for a minor. In general a child has a right to compensation for pain and suffering, permanent injury, or disability in the same manner and for the same amounts as an adult. Also, a parent has a separate right to be compensated for medical bills paid on behalf of a child. In Washington State, the parent must get the approval of a judge before the child’s claim can be finally settled.
The Statute of Limitations is different for accidents involving minor children in Everett
Statutes of limitations are laws that set time limits on how long you have to file a lawsuit, like a personal injury lawsuit. For most injury claims in Washington State, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of the accident or injury. After the expiration of the statutory period, unless a legal exception applies, the injured person loses the right to file a lawsuit seeking money damages or other relief.
But when a minor child is injured, the statute begins to run on the child's 18th birthday, giving three years from that date to file a personal injury suit.
Bill Coats has worked with minor children injured in accidents, including:
- $2,500,000 for the wrongful death of a teenager killed in a jet-ski collision;
- $1,400,000 fora girl blinded by a bottle rocket at a company party;
- $1,300,000 for sisters injured in a house fire;
- $677,000 for a head-on car crash that injured a mother and her five children.
Everett personal injury victims have resources available to help them move forward
After an accident, injured people and their attorneys need information as they prepare the insurance claim. Here we offer links to various organizations, including:
The Everett Police Department usually produces a traffic collision report after an injury crash. This report is a crucial piece of information needed to determine liability in a pedestrian collision. Contact us for help finding a report.
The Everett Fire & Rescue Department often will respond to the scene of an injury collision, and they also produce important reports that will support your insurance claim.
The Washington State Patrol is the repository for the state's collision records. The agency receives all Vehicle Collision Reports from law enforcement officers at the state, county, city, and town levels, along with civilians that report their own collisions. These reports are written for each vehicle collision resulting in injury or death of any person, or damage to property to $1000 or more. Go here to request a copy of a traffic collision report.
Everett's major hospitals include:
- Harborview Medical Center;
- Providence Regional Medical Center;
- Swedish Hospital;
- University of Washington Medical Center;
- Overlake Hospital
After an accident or injury involving your minor child, reach out to Bill Coats for help
Bill Coats and his team have the expertise to manage your personal injury or wrongful death claim with dedication and focus on obtaining a full settlement or verdict. While we can't alleviate the pain caused by the accident or injury, we can take over the legal process so that you and your family can concentrate on moving forward.
Bill Coats Law offers a no-fee guarantee - There is no fee unless we are successful
Bill Coats handles all of his personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you pay nothing up front, and you pay no fees if your claim is unsuccessful. You only pay if we deliver a successful claim.
Contact us today to get your questions answered and receive a no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation.