Albany Child Injury Attorney
As parents, we come to accept that our children will fall and get hurt every once in a while. They take tumbles on the City School District of Albany playgrounds. They get bumped and bruised on Albany Little League and Albany Youth Soccer fields. They suffer cuts and scrapes in Pine Hills backyards and Buckingham Lake driveways.
Still, we can never escape the fear that our children might someday suffer an injury that we can’t treat with a Band-Aid, ice-pack, or kiss on the forehead. It’s every parent’s nightmare that an injury will instead disrupt our kids’ lives, their schooling, and their growth.
Unfortunately, that sort of serious childhood injury can happen in Albany, and when it does, injured children and their parents often need financial support to pay for medical care and other unexpected expenses.
The skilled child injury lawyers at Finkelstein & Partners can help. We represent Albany families in legal actions seeking compensation for childhood injuries caused by someone else’s failure to keep children safe. Call our Albany office for a free case evaluation.
About Finkelstein & Partners
Founded in 1959, Finkelstein & Partners is an award-winning law firm serving the Capital Region, Hudson Valley, and Upstate New York. From the start, our law firm treated its staff and clients like family. We have grown from a single office opened by our founder, Howard S. Finkelstein, to a firm of more than 85 attorneys and 170 para-professionals led by Howard’s son, Andrew Finkelstein, as the firm’s managing partner.
To our core, Finkelstein & Partners is a law firm that understands the hopes and joys of parenthood, and the strain and heartache that accompany a child suffering a serious injury. Parents of injured children in Albany come to us at one of the most upsetting moments of their lives. They need our help to hold parties who harmed their children accountable. We are always ready to come to their aid.
Our mission in any case in which a child has suffered serious injuries is to secure maximum compensation that ensures the child and family have the financial support they need not just to heal from an injury, but to thrive. Over our decades of law practice, we have delivered results time and again for families facing the nightmare of a serious childhood injury. We invite you to contact us today to learn how we can help your family during this difficult, stressful time.
Common Causes of Albany Childhood Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional injuries kill more than 9,000 children per year in the United States. They also send millions of American children to hospital emergency rooms for treatment.
Leading causes of childhood injury in the U.S. include:
- Motor vehicle accidents;
- Poisoning (including long-term toxic exposures);
- Fires & burns;
- Firearms accidents; and
- Sports and recreation.
These are just some of the mechanisms that can cause injury to children in Albany. No matter how a child suffers an injury, the team at Finkelstein & Partners possesses the resources and know-how to investigate the facts and to identify the at-fault party or parties who should bear financial responsibility.
Severe Childhood Injuries and Their Impacts
Numerous injuries can result from preventable accidents and incidents that harm Albany children.
Over our decades of law practice, Finkelstein & Partners lawyers have succeeded in securing compensation for virtually all of them, including:
Albany children risk suffering traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries alike.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) commonly occurs when a child sustains a violent blow or jolt to the head or body, or a penetrating injury like a gunshot wound. They commonly occur in car accidents, falls, and while participating in youth sports.
A TBI can take a significant toll on a child’s growth and development, affecting their abilities to think, reason, move, express emotion, and interact socially. Concussions constitute the most common form of TBI suffered by Albany children. If ignored or left untreated, a concussion can have long-term negative effects on a child’s cognition, concentration, and sleep, and puts a child at serious risk of re-injury.
A non-traumatic brain injury can occur in any circumstance in which a child’s brain tissue sustains damage from a cause other than a violent external force. Drowning, poisoning (including long-term exposure to an environmental toxin like lead paint dust), birth complications, and illnesses that involve brain swelling, like meningitis, can all inflict brain injuries in children.
As with TBIs, these non-traumatic brain injuries can have profound negative impacts on a child’s cognitive, motor, emotional, and social abilities.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Any injury to the spinal cord threatens to transform a child’s and family’s life. By interrupting the transmission of messages between a child’s brain and body, a spinal cord injury (SCI) may leave a child paralyzed, unable to feel or control limbs and bodily functions.
Unlike some forms of childhood trauma, spinal cord injuries rarely heal. Instead, they often confine a child to a wheelchair permanently, shorten a child’s lifespan, and limit a child’s life opportunities.
Spinal cord injuries in Albany children can happen through violent trauma, such as from a motor vehicle accident, fall, collision on the playing field, or gunshot wound. They can also occur through non-violent mechanisms, such as when a medical professional fails to diagnose or treat a childhood illness that causes swelling or malformation of the spinal cord.
No matter the cause, an SCI will likely cost the child and child’s family millions in lifetime care expenses, according to The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
Burns, Scarring, and Disfigurement
Albany children sustain severe burns from house fires, by touching dangerously hot objects in the home like stovetops or wood stoves, by spills and other contact with scalding water, and through exposure to caustic chemicals such as those found in household drain cleaners. They can also suffer other injuries that, like burns, leave them badly scarred or disfigured, including cases of severe road rash, and traumatic injuries resulting from playing with dangerous implements like power tools or handguns.
Any injury that leaves a child scarred or disfigured risks causing a lifetime of difficulty and disability. In particular, children may endure severe emotional trauma in living with a visible scar or disfiguring injury.
Abuse and Neglect
Children suffer when adults seek to harm children and when adults who should know better turn a blind eye to children in harmful situations. Tragic accounts of sexual abuse, in particular, continue to emerge in connection with church and community organizations to whom Albany parents had entrusted their children’s care and safety.
Children who survive abuse and neglect by adults often live with deep emotional scars, and struggle with mental and physical health difficulties including depression, addiction, post-traumatic stress, and acts of self-harm.
Broken Bones, Lacerations, and Orthopedic Injuries
In contrast to many of the injuries above, bones mend, cuts heal, and injured tendons, ligaments, muscles repair often repair themselves as a child grows. Still, that does not mean that these injuries merit less consideration from child injury lawyers like the team at Finkelstein & Partners. Any injury to a child can cause significant physical, emotional, and financial pain, all of which deserve compensation if the careless or reckless actions of an adult caused that harm.
How We Help Injured Albany Children and Their Families
Many of us at Finkelstein & Partners are parents ourselves. We understand the pain and trauma that a severe childhood injury can inflict. We wish our work on behalf of injured children and their families in Albany could make that difficulty disappear. Of course, we also know it can’t.
What we can do, however, is work tirelessly on behalf of our clients to ensure that they receive as much compensation as possible to support them while they heal from and adapt to a severe childhood injury. Money cannot erase the harm a child has suffered, but it can provide an essential foundation for the child’s growth, development, and success.
We Target Parties Whose Actions Harmed Children
Albany parents who seek our help after their child has suffered a preventable injury want to hold the at-fault party accountable. Our job, in large part, is to identify any party or parties who bear legal liability for a child’s injury under New York or other applicable law.
As a general rule, everyone owes an obligation to keep children safe from harm by making reasonable decisions and taking reasonable actions. Individuals, businesses, schools, organizations, and others who fail in that basic obligation, by engaging in unreasonably dangerous conduct or neglecting the safety of children their actions affect, owe compensation for the harm they cause.
Every Albany child injury case we handle at Finkelstein & Partners presents a unique set of facts and circumstances for our team to examine, but our goal in every one is essentially identical: to pinpoint the at-fault parties, as well as those answerable for the at-fault party’s actions.
That may include, for example:
- Careless motorists who cause car accidents that injure children;
- Adults other than parents who fail to keep dangerous items, like toxic household cleaners or guns, out of children’s hands;
- Property owners who do not take reasonable steps to prevent children from accessing potentially dangerous features of their properties, like unfenced backyard swimming pools, untended construction materials, or unlocked vehicles;
- Individuals who abuse or neglect children, and the schools, churches, and organizations that failed to prevent that harm from occurring;
- Manufacturers of defective and dangerous consumer goods, including household appliances and toys, that can harm children;
- Coaches, sports leagues, and school athletic departments that fail to take reasonable steps to protect young athletes from injuries and illnesses during practices and competitions.
These are merely some examples of parties we may seek to hold accountable for a child’s injury in Albany. Contact our team for a free consultation to discuss who may owe financial compensation for the injury your child suffered.
We Pursue the Full Range of Compensation Possible
The Finkelstein & Partners team also works diligently to understand, prove, and pursue maximum compensation for injured children and their families. Just as no two Albany child injury cases present the same set of facts, so too, the potential range and types of compensation a child and family may recover vary widely.
We put special emphasis on listening closely to injured children and their family members to gain a detailed understanding of the ways an injury has taken its toll on their lives, activities, and relationships. Then, we set to work devising a strategy for obtaining as much compensation as possible, as efficiently and effectively as possible.
The particulars of the strategy we recommend and ultimately pursue can vary, but it often includes taking legal action in New York court seeking payment from the at-fault party or parties for:
- A child’s current and future medical care for an injury;
- Current and future out-of-pocket expenses a family will incur because of that injury;
- Income an injured child’s parent misses earning while caring for an injured child;
- Loss of future income suffered by the child because of disabilities that limit the child’s opportunities;
- The child’s pain and suffering, including emotional and social struggles, due to the injury; and
- Sometimes, punitive damages that punish the actions that caused the child’s injury.
If a child tragically dies from injuries, our team can also help families seek compensation for the child’s wrongful death.
Compassionate, Knowledgeable Child Injury Lawyers in Albany
You and your child have a right to compensation for the pain and expense inflicted by a preventable injury caused by someone else’s wrongful actions. For over 60 years, the compassionate, committed child injury lawyers of Finkelstein & Partners have helped Albany families like yours secure the money you need and deserve.
1707 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12205