Nashville Child Injury Attorney
Unintentional Injury Attorney
Here at the law offices of Phillip Miller and Associates, we represent clients of all ages. The saddest cases for us are those in which children have been seriously injured or killed. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in the United States in the age group from 1–19 years and the fifth leading cause of death for newborns and infants aged under the age of one.
As a parent, you do everything you can to keep your children safe, but in spite of your very best efforts, someone around you may make a mistake, often through carelessness or inattention, that results in an injury to your child. When it happens, you’re never prepared and may not know what you should do to protect your child’s interest. A child has rights, but lacks the legal ability to assert them. This is something the parent needs to do on the child’s behalf, and the best way to handle it is to place the case in the hands of an experienced child injury lawyer.
Causes of Injuries to Children
Some of the more frequent causes of injuries to children that we handle include
- Car accidents, both on-road and off
- Drownings and near-drownings
- Diving accidents
- Bicycle, scooter, skateboard, and pedestrian accidents
- Playground accidents
- Burn Injuries
- Dog bites
- Defective products
- Negligent supervision
Parents are often concerned about the cost of hiring a lawyer to pursue a recovery for their injured child. They may not be in a financial position to pay a large retainer. At Phillip Miller & Associates, we will take your case on a contingency fee basis. That means we cover all the costs involved in preparing the case, including filing fees, expert witnesses, court reporters, investigation expenses, and others. We are never paid anything until the case settles and a judge approves the minor’s compromise petition.
Court Approval is Required for Minors
When your child has been seriously injured or killed as a result of someone’s negligence, you should consult a Nashville personal injury attorney who has extensive experience in handling cases involving minors. Extra protections are given to children under the law. When the case is settled, your attorney will need to present the agreement in writing to a judge who must approve it before it becomes final. Called a minor’s compromise petition, this document states in writing how much is being offered, how much goes to paying medical bills and to reimburse parents for out-of-pocket expenses, how much goes to paying attorney fees and expenses, where the money be held in trust until the child’s 18th birthday, and who will be the child’s trustee.
Child Injury Lawyer in Nashville
Phillip Miller is a nationally recognized board-certified civil trial lawyer who has been practicing law for more than thirty years. He receives the highest Martindale-Hubbell, AVVO, and Super Lawyer ratings. He is often called upon to assist other law firms with their most challenging cases, and is a frequent lecturer at many of the nation’s top law schools.
Phillip limits the number of cases he handles to ensure that every client and every case gets the benefit of his personal attention and expertise. He will never settle a case for less than it is worth and is always willing to take a case to a jury if that’s what is needed to get your child a fair recovery. To protect the interests and the future of your injured child, call Phillip Miller & Associates today to schedule an appointment to discuss your child’s situation.