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Child Injury Attorney in Milwaukee, WI


As a parent, you try to do everything in your power to keep your children safe from harm. However, no matter how hard you may try, your children may still be hurt due to the negligence or intentional acts of others. If your child has been seriously
injured, you may wonder how you will pay for your child’s medical treatment and whether the at-fault party can be held accountable.

As a parent, you try to do everything in your power to keep your children safe from harm. However, no matter how hard you may try, your children may still be hurt due to the negligence or intentional acts of others. If your child has been seriously
injured, you may wonder how you will pay for your child’s medical treatment and whether the at-fault party can be held accountable.

Milwaukee Child Injury Attorneys

A free consultation with a compassionate child injury attorney can provide helpful information about your legal rights and options. As a family-owned law firm, Gruber Law Offices understands the importance of family and wanting to do everything possible for your children. For more than 30 years, our Milwaukee child injury attorneys at Gruber Law Offices, LLC, have fought to protect the rights and interests of injured children and their families.

With more than 120 attorneys and staff, Gruber Law Offices has the resources to fight for full financial compensation to help your child recover from his or her injuries. We believe that it is important to hold those whose carelessness or misconduct causes harm to children responsible for what they’ve done. A child injury lawsuit may focus attention on a public safety issue and prevent other children from suffering similar harm.

Contact Gruber Law Offices today at (414) 436-2484 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our dedicated, knowledgeable Milwaukee child injury attorneys.

Common Causes of Child Injuries

Children, especially younger children, are curious and like to explore their surroundings. However, they lack the maturity and judgment to recognize situations that pose a risk of injury. Many child injuries arise from everyday activities.

According to the National Institutes of Health, the most common causes of child injuries in the U.S. include:

Common Child Injuries

Some of the most common injuries that our personal injury attorneys see in cases involving children include:

  • Poisoning caused by children ingesting household cleaners, toxic chemicals, or medicines not intended for them
  • Burns, which can occur when children place their hands on hot metal surfaces, are exposed to hot water or steam, or come into direct contact with open fire
  • Drowning, which can lead to brain damage or death
  • Bone fractures, which are typically caused by falls or motor vehicle accidents. Many broken bones require braces or casts, while severe fractures may require surgical repair
  • Heatstroke, which may occur when children engage in sports activity without remaining properly hydrated
  • Head injuries and traumatic brain injury, which may be caused by sports injuries, bicycle accidents, and motor vehicle accidents. These injuries can range from a mild concussion to cognitive issues and disabling injuries.

If your child has been injured in the Milwaukee area and you suspect that someone else was at fault, the personal injury lawyers at Gruber Law Offices, LLC would like to speak with you. Our attorney can help you and your family seek the full compensation that your child needs for his or her recovery.

Finding Fault in a Child Injury Accident

Finding Fault in a Child Injury Accident

In many personal injury cases, the at-fault party may argue that the injured party was hurt by an obvious danger that should have been recognized and avoided. The law requires that the average person take reasonable care to protect himself or herself from injury such as by avoiding obvious dangers. However, the law is more forgiving towards children. Due to their age and inexperience, Wisconsin law recognizes that children lack the recognition of hazards or situational awareness of the risks of injury.

As a result, people are expected to take reasonable care to protect children from risks of injury. Property owners and businesses that fail to take safety precautions may be held responsible for a child’s injuries resulting from negligence.

For example, under the attractive nuisance doctrine, a property owner has a legal responsibility to keep property in reasonably safe and secure condition to prevent access to hazards such as a swimming pool that may attract a young child who wanders onto a property.

Establishing liability for a child’s injury can be a complicated matter depending on the circumstances of your case. An experienced child injury attorney at Gruber Law Offices can investigate the circumstances of your child’s injury and gather evidence to show who was legally liable for the injury.

Finding Fault in a Child Injury Accident

What If My Child Was Injured at School?

If your child was injured at school, your child may be able to seek compensation depending on the circumstances of his or her injury. When a child is at school, the school and its staff assume the duties of care and responsibility that the child’s parent or guardian would have. This is a legal doctrine known as in loco parentis, or “in place of the parent”. If a school and its staff fail to exercise the required care and supervision that would be expected of a parent or guardian (or someone standing in their place), then the school and its staff may be found to be negligent.

However, asserting a personal injury claim against a school for a child’s injury can be complicated. If your child attends a public school, the school may be able to assert a legal defense known as sovereign immunity from being sued.

Even if a state’s sovereign immunity is waived in your case pursuant to a state-law tort claims act, you may have strict requirements to provide the school or board of education with notice of your and your child’s claim, often within a matter of weeks of the date your child’s injury. If your child attends a private school, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the private school directly. However, if the school is a parochial school or operated by a non-profit organization, it may assert a legal defense of charitable immunity.

If your child is injured during some organized activity, such as when playing sports for the school, you may have signed a waiver before your child could participate. Depending on the terms of the waiver, it may not prevent filing a lawsuit for your child’s injury.

What about Injuries Due to Negligent Supervision?

Wisconsin civil law imposes legal liability upon adults who have a duty to supervise children and fail to do so, leading to the injury of a child. To impose a claim of negligent supervision against an adult for a child’s injury, it is necessary to establish that the adult has some duty of care for the child. Those who typically are legally entrusted with the care of a child include:

  • Legal guardians
  • Relatives such as grandparents, aunts or uncles, or adult siblings
  • Daycare or school officials
  • Community group officials, such as sport team coaches, boy/girl scout leaders, or camp counselors

Negligent supervision can lead to child injury for numerous reasons. An adult can be held liable for negligent supervision when the adult knew or should have known of a danger or hazard to a child but failed to take steps to eliminate the danger/hazard or appropriately monitor or supervise the child around the danger/hazard. Negligent supervision can lead to incidents such as:

  • Children getting access to loaded firearms or toxic chemicals
  • Failing to supervise children in hazardous situations such as at swimming pools, or around dangerous machinery or equipment
  • Permitting q child to enter areas or facilities they are not permitted to enter
  • Failing to protect a child from physical or emotional abuse or harm caused by another child or adult, when the supervising adult was or should have been aware of a risk of abuse or harm
  • Allowing a child to engage in illegal acts, such as vandalism, alcohol or tobacco consumption, or operation of a motor vehicle

In addition to liability for injuries to a child caused by negligent supervision, an adult can also be held responsible for injuries and damage caused by the child.

Contact Our Milwaukee Child Injury Attorneys Today

Contact Our Milwaukee Child Injury Attorneys Today

If your child has been injured due to someone else’s acts or negligence, your child and your family may be entitled to compensation for the expenses to treat your child’s injuries and for other losses your child and your family have suffered. Contact the Milwaukee child injury attorneys at Gruber Law Offices, LLC today at (414) 436-2484 or contact us online to schedule a consultation to learn more about your family’s legal rights and options.

Contact Our Milwaukee Child Injury Attorneys Today

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