Negligent Supervision Accident Law in California
By The Law Offices of R. Sebastian Gibson
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One of the newest areas of law in California involves negligent supervision of children which leads to a childís injury. Responsible parties are often other family members or relatives, babysitters, camp counselors, schools, teachers, child care facilities and after school programs. The level of supervision a child requires depends on many factors which are explored by the author of this article, an insurance lawyer with over thirty years of experience.
Children are hurt each year in a number of situations involving negligent supervision. Attorneys who pursue such cases find that it is usually simply a case of the failure of the persons charged with the safety of these children who simply donít pay sufficient attention to protect them from harm.
Negligent supervision can lead to injury or death of a child. If the child dies, the case is what is termed a wrongful death case.
Parties often responsible in negligent supervision cases include family members and relatives, babysitters, foster parents, camp counselors, nannies, schools and teachers, child care facilities and after school programs.
It can matter more than y ou think who you call for your negligent supervision case. When the injury to your child matters most, you want to call an attorney who specializes in this area of the law in order to obtain the compensation that will help your child recover from their injuries.
Children must be watched closely. As others have said before us, you canít turn away for a moment. When you trust others to watch your child as closely as you do, and an injury occurs your child is entitled to have you pursue a claim for compensation on their behalf.
Negligent supervision can result in children being electrocuted, drinking or eating toxic fluids, choking on toys and other items, drowning in a swimming pool, finding and using a loaded weapon, expiring in a hot car with the windows rolled up, and a number of other types of situations.
The level of care to properly supervise a child depends on the child himself or herself and their respective needs, the environment, the age of the child and the childís level of development and any special needs of the child. The time given to supervision of the child can also be important as in situations where the supervising adult has too many children to watch over and protect each from harm.
Other family members who live in separate homes may have homeowners insurance that will pay damages for the negligence of that same family member who negligently allows a child to harm himself or herself while on that personís property. There are instances, however, involving family members where insurance companies will raise exemptions to providing coverage for a childís injury or death.
Donít let your childís injury or death fail to be compensated by failing to retain an attorney who specializes in negligent supervision cases. It matters more than you think who you call to evaluate your case. When it matters most, as it does with your child, act swiftly and with due diligence.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: R. Sebastian Gibson
Sebastian Gibson has been named as one of the Top Lawyers the last 4 years running by Palm Springs Life Magazine. Attorney Sebastian Gibson has dual law degrees in California and in Great Britain, and has experience in both the U.S. and U.K. From offices in Palm Desert and Orange County, the law firm provides exceptional legal services in the fields of personal injury to the victims of car, motorcycle, truck, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, to the families of victims of wrongful deaths and whose children are victims of negligent supervision. We also practice in the fields of insurance law, business and corporate law, contracts, entertainment law, trademarks, international law, music and literary publishing, modeling, celebrity law, real estate and homeowner association matters.
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Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.