It is the thought that keeps every parent up at night afraid: What if my child ever got into a serious accident? What if they were killed?
No one should have to live through the serious injury or death of their child, but the unfortunate reality is that it happens far too often. In South Florida, kids suffer concussions on the sports field. They break bones falling down at playgrounds. They die when the car they’re riding in gets into an accident.
As a personal injury lawyer who has helped kids and their parents in many different difficult situations, Ben Murphey of Lawlor, White & Murphey knows that usually these “accidents” are preventable. If someone else’s negligence harms your child then you owe it to your child, your family, and the public, to fight back, get the compensation you need, and show the responsible party that there are consequences for their carelessness.
Finding a lawyer and fighting a court battle are probably the last things on your mind if you are trying to help your child recover from an injury or going through the grieving process because they were taken from you. But it is vital that you do so for a number of reasons.
Alleviate costs. Hospital bills and treatment for injuries can add up very quickly, and even things like funeral expenses may put a huge dent in your savings. If someone else is responsible for what happened to your child, proving their negligence should also win you compensation that can help offset these costs.
Prevent future problems. As much as we would like to believe that every person and company always does everything in their power to not only adhere to safety standards, but also fix problems as they are brought to their attention, it is just not true. Sometimes people and organizations need the kind of wake-up call that only being forced to pay out a large financial award can cause.
Get closure. When you know that someone else hurt your child, it can really eat at you to know that they are just walking around and living their life as if nothing happened. For many Floridians, filing a lawsuit against the responsible party and seeing it through can be a way to finally close the book and move on.
If you are still not sure, do not let money be a reason that you wait. We provide your initial consultation completely free of charge, and work on a contingency basis. That means you do not owe us anything unless you make a recovery. Your only concern at this time should be getting the money you need to care for your child and holding the negligent parties responsible.
Attorney Ben Murphey has successfully handled many different types of childhood injury and wrongful death cases, and as every parent knows there are an endless variety of ways that kids can get hurt. Over his years in the law, he has noticed that certain types of accidents and injuries occur with much greater frequency in Florida.
Car accidents. It is probably not a big surprise to learn that a lot of kids get hurt or die in car crashes, but you probably did not know that motor vehicle accidents are far and away the most frequent way that children suffer serious harm. In 2011 alone, over 148,000 kids under 12 were injured in car crashes, and 650 kids died. What causes these accidents? Negligent drivers, defective car parts, and bad road conditions are just a few of the potential culprits.
Defective products. Just like car parts can be defective, so can other products, including a ridiculous number of items designed for children. Toys, car seats, cribs, sports equipment, and a wide array of other products aimed at kids are recalled every single year. You would think this is a good thing, because it shows that manufacturers are taking their responsibility to the consumer seriously, but that is a very debatable point. Many companies fight tooth and nail to avoid having to recall a product, and then when they do, the vast majority do a poor job of advertising that recall. Ben Murphey knows how to fight against negligent manufacturers to make sure they do not get away with harming your child.
Drowning accidents. Our state is blessed with gorgeous weather for much of the year as well as unmatched access to water. But with our beautiful natural surroundings comes a lot of responsibility, which currently too many Floridians just are not meeting. Florida is the number one state in the country for children five and under drowning. Simply put, when kids are in the water someone needs to be paying close attention at all times. Caretakers and lifeguards who have children drown on their watch due to their lack of attention need to be held liable.
Dog bites. Parents need to work hard to teach their children how to behave around dogs, but pet owners are still responsible for making sure that they take reasonable precautions to make sure no one is harmed by their dog. If a pet owner neglects to use a leash or does not properly restrain their dog and your child is bitten, Ben Murphey can help you take legal action against them.
Premises liability. You probably know that business owners can be held responsible for injuries that occur on their property and governments for accidents that happen in public places like parks, but Florida law goes beyond this for children. If there is something on your property that could feasibly cause harm to a child, the law says that you are responsible for making sure that precautions are taken so they cannot get to it. This includes things like swimming pools and rusted out cars that are raised up on blocks because those kinds of hazards are known to attract kids. If something like this led your child to harm, talk to Attorney Murphey to see if the property owner took all the required actions to keep kids safe.
Ben Murphey believes that reckless and negligent individuals and organizations need to be held responsible for their actions if we ever want things to improve in Florida. This is especially true when dealing with children who have been harmed, because unlike adults they have no way to fight back on their own.
When you reach out to Attorney Ben Murphey, he will not only do his utmost to make sure that you receive the compensation you need and deserve, but also work hard to make sure the ruling leads to actionable changes that decrease the likelihood of another child suffering in the same way.