Injuries to Children

In the United States, injuries to children are among the most under-estimated public health concerns today. On average, 20 children’s injuries result in death every day from a preventable injury. Injuries requiring medical care or resulting in reduced activity affect approximately twenty million children and adolescents per year, and cost an average of seventeen billion annually in medical costs.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) child injury report, injuries due to transportation are the leading causes of death among children. The highest death rates were among occupants of motor vehicles in traffic, and pedal cyclist deaths among children.

Leading causes of injury death differ by age group. Children younger than one year of age make up two-thirds of injury deaths due to suffocation. While, drowning is the leading cause of injury death for those one to four years of age. Lastly, for children five to nineteen years of age, the most injury deaths are due to being an occupant in a motor vehicle traffic crash.

If you are a parent, guardian, or concerned adult related to a minor who has been seriously injured, you should speak with an experienced lawyer to learn about the compensation you may deserve. Generally, no one under the age of 18 can file a lawsuit without the help of a parent, adult, or guardian.

Children and adolescents are at high risk for many injuries including those caused by:

  • Birth injuries,
  • Cars and other motor vehicle accidents,
  • Day care accidents,
  • Fireworks,
  • Household fires,
  • Ingestion of household products such as cosmetics and personal care products, cleaning substances, pain relievers, foreign bodies, and plants,
  • Playground equipment,
  • Swimming-related accidents, and
  • Traumatic brain injuries

In some instances, these accidents can lead to death or severe disability. Personal injury lawsuits filed on behalf of children can therefore deal with the extraordinary costs that may be involved with the care of a severely injured child through their maturity and adult life.

At Levin & Perconti, our attorneys have successfully handled numerous cases involving injuries to minors and children and recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients, including:

  • A record-setting $10 million settlement for a 5-year-old boy who was run over by a City of Chicago Fire Department truck while playing in an open fire hydrant on the Fourth of July, resulting in the loss of his leg and half of his pelvis, and a
  • A $2.3 million settlement for a family whose two young children suffered severe burns and whose third child, a three-month-old infant, was killed in a fire that broke out in a Chicago Housing Authority building. The CHA had allowed rear entrances to be blocked, allowed batteries to be removed from smoke detectors, and failed to sufficiently inspect and maintain an electrical outlet.
Contact an Illinois Lawyer

If you are a parent, guardian, or concerned adult related to a minor who has been severely injured in the Chicagoland area or throughout Illinois, we'd like to hear from you. Contact us online or call us at 877-374-1417 or 312-332-2872 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.

Illinois Injury Lawyer Blog - Injuries to Minors and Children
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Levin and Perconti was always there when we needed them and very quick to answer any questions. We are happy to say that Ashley Herschberger was very professional, informative, kind, and prompt when it came to our case. She was always there if we had a concern or a question. We would recommend Ashley and the law firm, Levin and Perconti, to anyone else. We would also come back with another case of our own if ever needed. The Gonzalez Family
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Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Peconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. My family and I will always be grateful for the compassion that they showed us. I want to thank you for what you did for my family, and for always being there for us. W.R., Medical Malpractice Client
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Our deepest appreciation to the law firm of Levin & Perconti, and in particular to Margaret Battersby Black, in the handling of the lawsuit we field n behalf of our sister who sustained life-threatening injuries as a nursing home resident. Margaret’s representation, guidance, and professionalism gave us the sense that we could put our trust in Levin & Perconti and the final outcome proved that to be true. D.G., Nursing Home Client
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I want to send my heartfelt thanks to John Perconti and the Levin & Perconti staff in taking our case. Not only were they so professional but also so caring and thoughtful. It was very difficult going over the facts in our mother's case but they were so compassionate and understanding and allowed us to be with them every step of the way. We were able to sit in on the depositions and we were really able to see how hard they worked on our behalf. M.R.Z., nursing home client
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Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti, and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Perconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. W.R., medical malpractice client