Articles Posted in Injuries to Children

In most areas of the Valley, children are back in school, learning new things and exploring new subjects. Some schools have been in session for a month already while others only a week or two. Yet regardless of when the first day of classes took place, school is still fresh for most students and the back-to-school atmosphere is still thriving.

With kids returning to school across Phoenix, it is a good idea to think about the safety of those children and to be reminded to put safety first. Whether you have school-aged children or not, safety should be a concern for all those in Arizona and therefore all adults and drivers should consider the following:
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The City of Phoenix has nearly 1.5 million people, making it one of the largest cities in the nation. When combined with the surrounding areas, including Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale, and Mesa, the numbers swell substantially. The makeup of the Valley includes people of all ages from the very young to the elderly, making the greater Phoenix area a diverse place to live and work.

Many of those who call the Valley home are children and minors. Unfortunately, children are some of the most vulnerable citizens when it comes to being injured in an accident. Accidents involving children and minors often occur when a child is riding a bicycle, on a skateboard, riding a scooter, walking as a pedestrian, swimming in a pool, or even riding in a car. Regardless of the nature of the accident, the results are devastating when a child is hurt by the actions of another. The damage affects not only the child but also his or her entire family, friends, neighbors, and classmates. While nothing can remove these injuries once they occur, the injured child and his or her family may be entitled to seek financial compensation for their damages. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer who has experience representing minors may help you understand your legal options if your family has been affected by an accident.

A call to 911 triggered an investigation into a collision between a 16-year-old jogger and a van in San Tan Valley on Tuesday morning. Officials have confirmed that the teen was jogging along West Combs Road at approximately 5:00 a.m. when he was hit by a van driven by a 43-year-old man. The driver of the van allegedly claimed that he did not see the teen prior to the collision but that he felt the impact, leading him to stop his vehicle and investigate the area. When he saw the teen lying on the ground, he placed a call to 911 for help.

Emergency medical crews responded to the scene to help the teen but unfortunately his injuries were too severe and the teen died as a result of the crash.

Police also responded to the scene and spoke with witnesses, including the driver of the van. At this time, no charges are pending against the driver but authorities have indicated that their investigation is still ongoing.
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When parents are rushing in the mornings to pack lunches, dress kids, and get them ready for school, most do not consider the fact that their children’s safety may be threatened before the first bell of the day rings. But in fact, an average of two school bus accidents occur in Arizona every day; many of the annual collisions take place in Maricopa County, including the greater Phoenix area. Fortunately, many of these instances are minor and do not cause the children involved to be injured, but that is not the case with every incident. In some collisions and in many instances involving a child boarding or disembarking from a bus, injuries result and necessitate medical treatment.

Damages to a child who is harmed in a school bus collision can range from the minor to the severe but what often remains as a constant is that negligence on the part of one or more individuals involved caused the crash. Without that negligence, the child likely would never have been injured. The laws in Phoenix recognize that an innocent child and his or her family should not have to bear the financial burden caused by these collisions and therefore the laws enable these victims to seek compensation for their damages. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer who represents children and minors, particularly those who have been injured in school bus accidents, may help you understand your legal options if your child was hurt.

Eight children and one driver were on board a school bus in Paulden on Tuesday morning when the bus collided with a semi-truck for reasons that are not yet clear. The incident occurred on Highway 89 and resulted in significant damage to both the truck and the bus. Emergency crews responded to the scene and evaluated all those who were involved, including two injured children from the bus. Those two children were transported to area hospitals with injuries that have not been disclosed but that are believed to be minor. All other children and the driver of the bus appeared to sustain no injuries in the incident.

The driver of the semi-truck was seriously hurt in the collision and taken to a hospital in a nearby town. Police have stated that the investigation into this incident is ongoing at this time and there have been no reports as to whether any traffic citations or other charges will be issued as a result of the crash.
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Parents rely on others to care for their children from time to time. Whether it is a child’s education, daily care, or transportation, parents need help and they place their trust in officials to make sure that their children’s safety is of the utmost importance. Across the country, millions of parents use school buses every day to transport their children to and from class and they trust that the drivers and operators of those buses to act responsibly.

Unfortunately, school bus accidents occur every year. Some of them cause the children on board to suffer injuries, and in the worst crashes, it may cost a child his or her life. No family should have to endure the suffering that follows a school bus accident, but if your family is faced with such a tragedy, know that it may be possible for you or for your child to obtain financial relief. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you realize what options exist in your case if your child has been injured.

A school bus with children on board was traveling in Ahwatukee yesterday morning when it collided with a vehicle for reasons that are not yet clear. Nine children were reportedly on the bus when the crash occurred though none were believed to have sustained serious injuries. Police officials confirmed a crash between the bus and a second vehicle which then led to the bus jumping a concrete median and striking a pole.

At this time, authorities are still investigating the incident. They have confirmed that the bus driver has not received a citation in the incident; it is not clear whether the other driver involved was cited or whether any charges may be issued in the days to come.

After authorities came to the scene, another bus arrived and transported all the uninjured children to school.
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Children should not have to suffer from the negligence or mistakes of adults, but when it comes to car accidents in Phoenix, that is often exactly what happens, Children who are passengers in a vehicle, riding their bicycles, or even walking as pedestrians are injured every year in traffic accidents and some even lose their lives.

These children unwittingly become victims when adults err or otherwise act egregiously while driving. Injuries to children and minors can lead to medical bills incurred and potentially no means for parents to pay for them. Fortunately, the laws in Arizona enable these families to seek relief against those who have caused the harm, including a responsible driver or the owner of an at-fault vehicle. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix or across the rest of the Valley may help you understand the legal implications if your child has been injured in an accident, including whether you and your child have valid claims for relief.

A tragic incident in Phoenix last week that left a four-year-old child seriously injured. The four-year-old boy was holding his stepfather’s hand as the pair crossed the street near Broadway and 48th Street. A car in the area approached the two and the stepfather had just cleared the area when the car reportedly accelerated and struck the child, running over him and dragging the boy for a few feet before the child broke free. The driver involved in the incident allegedly did not stop at the scene to see if the child was hurt and instead fled the scene before police had an opportunity to arrive.

A witness drove the child and his stepfather to an area hospital where the child was in critical condition. He spent a week in the hospital recovering from his injuries which include a broken pelvis, broken legs, multiple lacerations, broken teeth, and an open head injury. Though he is at home with his family, the victim is in a wheelchair with casts on both legs and still is experiencing a lot of pain.

Police have not yet identified the driver involved in the crash and they are asking anyone with information to step forward and provide any relevant knowledge.
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The safety of their children is the primary concern of every parent across the nation. Whether they are watching as a child rides a bicycle or walking a kid to school, parents take on the role of defender seriously, ensuring the greatest protection to their children as possible.

But parents can only do so much to keep their children safe, and when others act in a negligent manner, injuries to children and minors may result. Whether the cause of the injury is a car accident, bus accident, pedestrian accident, or other type of incident, if the accident was caused by negligence, the child and his or her family may be entitled to financial relief. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in the Valley who has experience representing children who have been harmed may help you understand the legal implications of your child’s accident, including whether your family may be entitled to financial relief.

Police in Mesa have confirmed the death of a five-year-old child who was hurt in a traffic accident, marking the second traffic-related death of a minor in the area in a week. Police have reported that a five-year-old girl was crossing the street near Gilbert Road and Main Street with her family at a mid-block crosswalk. A truck driven by a 43-year-old female approached the area and reportedly did not see the child, leading to a collision between the two. The girl was killed at the scene, according to local authorities, who are still investigating the cause of the crash and determining the factors that led to the impact.

The driver of the truck has been questioned in the incident. Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have been a factor but it is not clear whether the woman will face any other charges related to the accident. Police have noted that they are still working on this case at this time.
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Across Arizona, many kids are out of school right now on summer break. With free time during the day, kids are going to friends’ houses, swimming, and participating in summer camps. Often, children in Phoenix are getting around by riding bicycles with their friends or even with their families.

Most of the time, bikes are a great way for children to get around. Unfortunately, though, bicycle accidents involving children happen every year in the Valley and many of these crashes result in serious injuries or even death. When an accident with a car, truck, or bus occurs and it is caused in whole or in part by the negligence of a driver involved, the victim of that crash, including a minor and/or the minor’s family, may be entitled to seek relief for their loses. Medical bills, pain and suffering, and even permanency of injuries can be compensated through the use of a civil claim. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you understand your legal options if your child has been injured in a collision.

Police in Phoenix responded to the scene of an accident between an 8-year-old boy and a vehicle on Wednesday night around 9:00 pm. The child, who was on a bicycle at the time, was reportedly riding near the intersection of Broadway and 27th Avenue when a driver in her 30s allegedly struck the boy with her car.

Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene and transported the boy to Phoenix Children’s Hospital in extremely critical condition. Doctors attended to the boy through the night but unfortunately the extent of his injuries was too severe and the child died on Thursday morning.

Police spoke with the driver while still at the scene of the accident. Though the investigation is still ongoing, police believe that the child may not have stopped at a stop sign before entering the intersection, leading to the collision with the vehicle. It is not clear whether anyone involved will be ticketed in the crash.
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When children play, accidents happen and sometimes result in injuries. A fall from a bike or a stumble on the playground might require a trip to the doctor’s office for treatment. But not all injuries that happen to children are the result of an unintentional accident; some are due to the negligence of others in the area. Thousands of children are injured in car accidents, swimming pool accidents, or bicycle accidents with cars every year.

When a child is injured, the effect on the child and the entire family can be drastic. Medical bills may pile up and the child may have to endure pain and suffering. That is why the laws in Phoenix allow children the right to seek relief after they have been injured by another. Through the use of a civil claim for damages, a child and the child’s parent or guardian may be able to recover for actual expenses incurred as well as future expenses, like additional medical bills, that will be incurred at a later date. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer who has the experience representing children hurt in an accident may help you understand your legal options and your legal rights.

Police in Phoenix have confirmed that two young girls were involved in an ATV accident on Sunday. Though they are still investigating, officials believe that a 16-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl were riding on the ATV together and attempting to take a photograph of themselves. As they rode near the intersection of 36th Avenue and Minnezona Avenue, the girl driving the ATV lost control and struck a parked car, injuring both passengers. The 12-year-old was transported to an area hospital where she was treated and released a short time later but the 16-year-old’s injuries were severe. At this time, she remains in critical condition.
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Car accidents occur every day in Phoenix and many of them result in injuries to the drivers and passengers involved. Though some collisions may be unavoidable, the majority of them are due to the negligence or reckless of one or more individuals involved. Often, crashes of this type may lead to traffic tickets, criminal charges, or other penalties levied by the State of Arizona against those responsible. In addition to any charges by the state, though, an at-fault driver may also be held legally liable to the victims of the crash for the damages they sustained. In many cases, this can include medical bills incurred and likely to be incurred in the future, lost wages, and less tangible damages like pain and suffering.

But people in automobiles are not the only ones at risk when a driver acts in a negligent manner. In fact, anyone in the area of the driver, including bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians may be at risk for involvement in a crash and may suffer injuries as a result. The same laws that allow victims inside cars to recover for their damages allow anyone involved in an accident with the potential right to seek recovery for their injuries. Speaking with a lawyer who handles car accident cases may help you understand if your incident entitles to you relief.

Unfortunately, in some accidents, children are injured or even killed. Injuries to children and minors are always tragic and can never be undone, However, the children and their parents or legal guardians may be entitled to legal relief that can help pay for expenses for a child’s injuries or for the losses sustained when a child is killed, though no relief can ever properly compensate a family for the loss of a child’s life.

In what officials have described as a horrifying scene, a three-year-old child was killed after being struck by a car in Phoenix yesterday afternoon. Police in Phoenix responded to the scene of the incident which occurred near a Walmart parking lot. They determined that a 22-year-old individual was operating a car in the area and approached a babysitter pushing the child in a stroller. The driver reportedly stopped at a stop sign and then continued forward towards the sitter and child reportedly without slowing or stopping, thereby causing a collisions with the stroller in which the child was riding. The driver allegedly continued for a short distance and then stopped when the driver realized a collision occurred. When police responded, they determined that the driver may have been under the influence and that marijuana may have been present in the car, leading to the driver’s arrest and an investigation into the driver’s actions.
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Too often in Phoenix, drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs decide to risk the safety of everyone and drive while impaired. This is not only a crime in Arizona but it is a decision that can lead to an accident, many of which result in serious injuries or even death to someone other than the impaired driver.

Injury lawyers hate to hear about any accident that was caused by one person’s negligence or recklessness, especially when another has to suffer the consequences of such a decision. Yet in many cases where a child is involved, the results are catastrophic and devastating.

Accidents that lead to injured children may result in criminal charges against a drunk driver but they may also lead to a civil claim by the child or the child’s family against the responsible driver. These civil claims are separate from any charges levied by the State of Arizona and may provide a victim with a financial recovery to pay for any losses incurred, including medical bills and pain and suffering.

In the worst accidents, though, it is clear that money will never be enough to compensate a family for what they lost. This is the case in a tragic Phoenix accident on Wednesday night involving a family out for a walk and a driver who was possibly under the influence of drugs.

Police have reported that a mother, grandmother, and the mother’s three children were walking near 20th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix. The group began to cross the intersection with the right of way and within the crosswalk when a 26-year-old individual driving a truck approached the intersection as well. It appears that the truck’s driver failed to yield to the pedestrians and instead began turning left, putting the truck and the family in the same spot at the same time. One of the children, a 3-year-old boy, was in a stroller and was being pushed by his 10-year-old sister. It appears that the truck struck the stroller containing the boy and leaving him with critical injuries.

Two witnesses, one of them a doctor, attempted to perform life saving procedures on the young boy while waiting for an ambulance to arrive but in the end, the 3-year-old’s injuries were too severe and he died.
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