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Northwest Indiana Child Injury Lawyer

Child Injury Lawyer in Northwest Indiana

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Now is no time to hesitate — every day that passes makes it harder to receive fair compensation. We serve clients from all over NWI, including Crown Point, Valparaiso, and Merrillville. Call us or contact us online for a consultation.
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Crown Point Child Injury Attorney

Dealing with an injury to your child is more painful than being injured yourself. If someone else’s negligence was responsible, the worst part is knowing that the injury didn’t have to happen. The child injury lawyers at Stracci Law Group handle every case with the sensitivity and empathy it deserves while at the same time demanding justice.

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Common Children's Injuries Cases We Handle in Crown Point

Cuts and bruises are normal during childhood. In some cases, however, the injury is serious or even life-threatening. When a child is seriously injured, one of the following causes may be responsible:

  • Birth injuries
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Drowning accidents
  • Emergency room or hospital mistakes
  • School accidents
  • Auto accidents, including defective car seats
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • School bus accidents
  • Daycare accidents
  • Animal attacks and dog bites
  • Playground injuries
  • Unsafe toys, cribs, and similar products
  • Window blind cords and other products that pose a strangulation hazard
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Food poisoning
  • Dangerous products that pose a choking hazard
  • Sports injuries
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Prescription drug adverse reactions

If your child was injured in an avoidable accident, chances are that someone else is to blame. And their insurance company could try to deny your child suffering claim. Act today to enlist the aid of an Indiana child accident lawyer.

Common Types of Child Injuries

Despite their resilience, children are navigating a particularly vulnerable period in their lives, perhaps not to be matched again until old age. Because they are still growing, children are particularly susceptible to permanent injuries. Some common ways children are harmed include:

  • Sprains
  • Muscle tears and strains
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Burn injuries
  • Bone fractures, including crushing injuries
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Hearing loss
  • Lost limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • PTSD
  • Long-term emotional disorders, such as phobias and depression
  • Wrongful death

Our team has years of experience successfully obtaining compensation for the unnecessary suffering of children and parents, and we are ready to stand and fight for you.

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Who Can File a Lawsuit for Child Injuries in Northwest Indiana?

In Indiana, as in most states, a lawsuit for injuries to a child is typically filed by the child's parent or legal guardian.

Minors (people under the age of 18) generally do not have the legal capacity to sue or be sued. Therefore, a parent or guardian acts on the child's behalf in legal matters, including filing a lawsuit to recover compensation for any injuries the child may have sustained.

Compensation Available for Child's Injury in NWI

Your child or family could be entitled to many different types of compensation, including:

  • Current and future medical bills
  • Medical equipment (wheelchairs, prostheses, etc.)
  • Cost of living in a long-term care facility
  • Cost of in-home medical care
  • Estimated lost earnings
  • Lost opportunities
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Punitive damages (if the defendant’s behavior was particularly outrageous)

Let us do the negotiating for you. If you try to go it alone, you can rest assured that the defendant or insurance company will try to avoid paying what your child deserves. We know all the negotiating tricks, and we won't fall for a single one of them.

What Is the Statute of Limitations for Child Injury Claims in Indiana?

The general personal injury statute of limitations for personal injury in Indiana is two years after the date of the injury.*

Since a child does not become eligible to file a lawsuit for unintentional injuries in their own name until they reach 18, however, the deadline is two years after the child’s 18th birthday — in other words, the child’s 20th birthday.

*Note that cases involving the State, the Federal government, and state, local, or Federal agencies have specific, time-sensitive notifications that must be made in a much more compressed timeframe. Note as well that this includes many public schools, and government run day-care centers. If you believe you are involved in a case involving one of these entities, be sure to contact an attorney as soon as possible or you could waive your right to pursue litigation against them.

Why Do You Need a Child Injury Attorney in Lake County, IN?

Special considerations apply to a personal injury lawsuit when the victim of a serious injury is a minor under 18.

Legal Capacity

A minor cannot file a lawsuit in their own name in Indiana. Normally, this means one of two scenarios: Either a parent files the lawsuit, or the court appoints a guardian ad litem to file the lawsuit. The parent or guardian will be expected to manage any verdict or settlement in the best interests of the child.

Financial Concerns

Settlement funds are the child’s property, but the child is not free to manage them until they turn 18. A court must appoint a guardian for any settlement exceeding $10,000. The guardian then places the funds in a restricted bank account for minors. Often, the guardian will structure a settlement that pays off after the child turns 18.

Long-Term Impacts

It is difficult to forecast future losses in case of long-term injuries. Suppose that an accident renders a child paraplegic. How do you calculate the child’s lifelong expenses due to the injury — especially lost earnings from a career that the child may never pursue? A child accident attorney knows how to help you calculate these losses.

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Seek justice for injured children. Contact our personal injury lawyer now for compassionate, knowledgeable legal support in your claim. Let's protect your child's rights together.


Why Choose Stracci Law Group for Your Child Injuries Case?

The child accident lawyers at Stracci Law Group benefit from decades of combined experience working with clients in the same situation you are in. Our track record is clear enough to make opposing parties think twice once they learn that you have retained us to represent you. We will:

  • Investigate your case and identify the responsible party.
  • Gather admissible evidence in preparation for a trial.
  • Negotiate with the responsible party or their insurance company and attempt to reach a generous settlement.
  • File a lawsuit to gain leverage over the defendant in settlement negotiations.
  • Go to trial for you if necessary.

Most of our clients receive settlements with no need for a trial.

*Note that cases involving the State, the Federal government, and state, local, or Federal agencies have specific, time-sensitive notifications that must be made in a much more compressed timeframe.  If you believe you are involved in a case involving one of these entities, be sure to contact an attorney as soon as possible or you could waive your right to pursue litigation against them.

Our Crown Point Child Injury Lawyers

Paul G. Stracci, the leader of our team, defended a murder case only 10 months out of law school and won a complete acquittal. He has since developed a powerful reputation as a devastatingly effective criminal trial attorney.

Alison L. Benjamin began her legal career years ago as a state court prosecutor. She is known to be a thoughtful and passionate litigator, and now focuses her practice on representing clients charged with federal crimes. Her tenacity makes her well-suited to resolve the complexities that arise in defending clients charged with federal crimes.

Maryam Afshar-Stewart, a former prosecutor, has risen rapidly as a criminal defense attorney thanks to her remarkable work ethic and undying commitment to the cause of justice for her clients.

Michael Woods is an experienced criminal trial attorney who has handled thousands of cases ranging from simple traffic tickets to complex homicides. A deputy prosecuting attorney for nearly 10 years, Michael knows what makes a case weak or strong, and can give clients an honest and realistic evaluation of their case.


Not going to bs. I've had a lawyer or 2 throughout my life. No one has ever compared or came close to the Professionalism, honesty and overall safe feeling I felt while the entire court Process played out knowing I had the best. Mike Woods is a great defender that gives his best fight for every client. You know and can tell when you have the best defense from the phone call follow-ups with his staff to the very fast replies from him personally. I felt protected so much that i trusted him to defend my family as well. The search stops here, give him a call you found your guy.
Matt Hart
Highly recommended! Hired for a self defense murder case. Stracci Law group was able to get me out with bond and eventually all charges DISMISSED. I would put 10 stars if i could, every dollar spent was well worth it!
Rick Scott
They were very professional and answered all my calls. We had an initial issue with communication by email. However, that was resolved. Maryam, Nicole, and Paul were excellent in handling my situation. They also answered all my questions and concerns at this very concerning time in my life.
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How does someone prove negligence in an Indiana child injury lawsuit?

You must prove that the defendant had a duty of care and failed to meet this duty. Proving that negligent supervision or the violation of a safety regulation caused the accident is usually enough, although you can prove negligence even if the other party did not violate a law.

What do I do with my child's injury settlement in Indiana?

A court must approve any settlement over $10,000. You must deposit the money into a restricted bank account for minors and manage it to further your child’s best interests, not your own.

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Call the child personal injury lawyers at Stracci Law Group or contact us online for a free case evaluation. We serve clients in Hammond, Crown Point, Gary, and elsewhere in Northwest Indiana.
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