A person younger than 18 is considered a minor in California. There are special rules to prosecute a case on behalf of a minor. This article addresses some of those essential rules.
An injured child (minor) due to the fault of another is entitled to compensation. There are two types of damages. The first kind is called economic losses. Past and future medical expenses are economic losses. In severe injury cases, the child can recover damages for loss of earning capacity if the injuries will interfere with the child’s ability to earn income in the future. Non-economic losses are the child’s pain and suffering.
Settling A Child’s Case
A minor is not allowed to resolve an injury claim by himself. A parent or guardian must settle the minor’s case. A court must approve the settlement.
Once approved, part of the settlement money is used to pay medical bills. The balance of the funds goes to a bank account for the child. The funds cannot be touched until the child reaches the age of 18. In some cases, the funds are placed in trust to pay for medical bills or rehabilitation costs, or any special needs of the child.
If your child is injured, MCIS will help you get the compensation your child deserves. We don’t charge fees unless your case wins. Call now for a free consultation.