Unless a long-term illness is involved, you never expect to learn that a close family member has lost his or her life much too soon. It comes as an enormous shock that you weren’t prepared for when it’s a spouse, which can create financial hardship on top of grief. Even harder to accept is when that loved one is a child.
Your children are everything to you. When one of them becomes hurt or injured, you would do anything to take away their pain. Unfortunately, you don’t always get that chance because there are a lot of dangers in the world that you simply can’t predict. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and end in wrongful death. If you’ve suddenly lost a child, this is a reality you know all too well.
Ways children become victims of wrongful death
There are infinite ways that a child can become severely injured and lose his or her life. Tragic endings occur more than most people even want to think about. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are six ways children are most likely to die, which involve:
- Car crashes
Where can your child become fatally injured?
The numerous situations where children can become fatally injured if proper safety measures are neglected include:
Public or semi-private pools
- Swim clubs, fitness centers, community pools, hotels or resorts rarely employ lifeguards to enforce safety rules or inspect pool equipment, pool decks, or other hazards that may be present. Drownings account for the most deaths of children between the ages of one and four each year.
- Children engaging in horseplay or even innocently tripping, hitting his or her head and falling into the pool can cause a drowning death or even worse, a traumatic brain injury from which your child can’t recover. The brain activity needed to operate basic life functions has ceased with no chance of reversing the injury that has caused your child to suffer brain death.
- Car accidents where the child safety seat failed and your infant or toddler was violently thrown can cause his or her death due to product liability.
- Being hit while riding a bicycle by an inattentive driver who backed out of a driveway or alley without looking, or made a right turn across a bike lane without confirming the lane was clear can cause deadly internal injuries. Approximately 100 children die each year from bicycle-related accidents.
- Becoming the victim of a pedestrian crash with a reckless driver contributed to the deaths of 84 children in 2019 according to org. That same year, three children fell from a vehicle and were run over.
- Poison. Your child could come into contact with deadly chemicals made by companies that failed to provide the required safety warning on the label, or were improperly stored and within reach.
- Burns. A child could become unintentionally but seriously burned by a grill or other heat source that explodes causing burns too severe to recover from.
- Drowning. Backyard pools or bathtubs are known drowning hazards due to poor supervision, tripping obstacles on pool decks, slippery surfaces, or failing to install safety covers for drains or self-locking pool gates.
- Suffocation. Cribs or any other self-contained sleeping or play area containing loose bedding or toys can cover your child’s face cutting off the flow of oxygen.
Damages that go beyond the loss of your child
When you are grieving your child, you don’t really stop to think about any other consequences you could face. When the tragedy is highlighted by the fact that someone else is to blame, your hurt and anger can take the place of understanding that you may have the ability to recover for damages. Money won’t bring back your child, but your suffering shouldn’t be compounded by unnecessary hardship.
As a parent, some of the compensation you may be entitled to under Florida law includes:
- Lost wages. Because as parents, you take the death of your child so hard, it can take time before you’re able to return to work. Add to that fact that if your child did not immediately succumb to his or her injuries, you may have been out of work for weeks or months preparing for the inevitable. You could be out thousands of dollars that you cannot afford to just lose.
- Mental pain and suffering. You are entitled to make a claim from the date of your child’s injury.
- Medical expenses. This is often a significant amount when your child has received care in an attempt to save his or her life and has required hospitalization for an extended period.
- Funeral expenses. You are permitted to make a claim for reasonable funeral expenses, including fees for the service, transportation, a casket or cremation services, printed programs, and other related expenses.
The experienced wrongful death attorneys at Yeboah Law Group can never fully feel the pain a parent feels after the devastating loss of a child, but we can help you hold accountable the negligent individual or entity responsible for contributing or causing your child’s death.
Schedule your free consultation today by calling 1-800-835-5726, or we invite you to reach out to us through our contact form. We are honored to serve clients in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and across South Florida.