Was your child hurt by another person’s negligence?

Did your child get hurt due to the careless actions of another person? If so, contact Bill Easterly & Associates, and our Nashville personal injury attorneys will start working on your case immediately in order to hold the at-fault party liable for the harm they caused. We understand the sensitive nature of a situation like this. When a child sustains injuries in an accident, it’s a devastating experience. You don’t want to see them in pain, and you hope they make a full recovery. When you hire us, we’ll remain by your side in the fight for justice.

Various circumstances could lead to the injury of a child. Unfortunately, many times, it’s due to things that could have been avoided if someone was more careful. Our Nashville child injury lawyers have been handling cases like yours since 1992. We’ve been able to recover millions of dollars in compensation so our clients and their families can move forward with their lives.

We have the skillset and resources to secure the full financial reward you need. To find out more about how we can help, call Bill Easterly & Associates today at (615) 244-2222.

Statistics of Child Injuries in the United States

Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of fatalities for young children. Every year, 12,000 individuals up to the age of 19 die due to the unintentional injuries they sustained. Nonfatal injuries among this age group account for over 9.2 million emergency room visits. The death rate of unintentional injuries is higher for males than females. Additionally, 2.8 million children suffer a nonfatal injury each year from a fall, making it the number one cause in every age group under 15 years old.

According to data collected by Stanford Children’s Health:

  • 254,000 injuries and 100 fatalities involve bicycles
  • 8,000 people under 19 years old visit the emergency room every day because of injuries sustained in a fall
  • Drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death for children between one and four years old
  • Infants under the age of one suffer the most from airway obstruction injuries that result in death
  • Injuries in the home from things like fire, guns, choking, and drowning kills around 2,000 kids every year under 14 years old

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common causes of nonfatal injuries include:

  • Motor vehicle crash: Approximately 150 children under 19 years old visit the hospital every hour.
  • Drowning: One-half of all children require hospitalization or further medical treatment after injuries from drowning. Many even suffer brain damage that leads to a permanent disability.
  • Poisoning: The most common items include medicine and household cleaning products.
  • Suffocation: This includes choking on food or foreign objects and accidental strangulation.
  • Burns: Young children typically suffer burns from steam or hot liquid. Older children sustain burns from direct contact with fire.
  • Violence: Around 1,300 young individuals need medical care from assault every day

Common Causes of Child Injuries

Although falling is the leading cause of injuries to children throughout the United States, there are many other reasons children become injured. Anything could cause a person harm or even result in death. Young people get hurt more often because their bodies are underdeveloped, making them more fragile than adults. Human error and negligence account for a majority of the injuries children suffer every year.

The most common causes include:

  • Car accidents: This can be the result of a defective part, such as a braking system that malfunctions, driver error or inattention, or dangerous road conditions.
  • Swimming pool accidents: Whether on private or commercial property, pool owners must perform routine maintenance and repairs to ensure their guests’ safety. That includes providing lifeguards with extensive training.
  • Defective toys: Manufacturers are responsible for testing their products for hazards. If they find any, they must provide adequate warning labels, so consumers are aware of the risks. Electrocution, suffocation, strangulation, and poisoning are just a few of the injuries defects could cause.
  • Falls: Children, especially toddlers, fall down often. They haven’t quite mastered the art of walking yet, so injuries are inevitable. However, there are times when another person is directly responsible for the fall. Public areas must provide railings, gates, and other protective measures to prevent kids from falling from great heights. Property owners should also promptly remove and repair hazards, such as wet floors, cracked sidewalks, and inadequate lighting.
  • Fires: Fire safety is crucial, especially among younger children. They’re typically unaware of how to handle a situation like that. It’s up to the adults to teach them what to do if a fire occurs.
  • Animal attacks: Dog bites and insect stings are among the most common reasons children require medical treatment. It’s up to dog owners to secure their pets and business owners to ensure there aren’t beehives in areas where visitors frequent.
  • Medical malpractice: Even doctors can make mistakes that cause injuries. Examples include using unsterilized tools, misdiagnosing diseases, and prescribing the wrong medication.

Determining Who’s Liable After A Child Injury

Our Nashville child injury attorneys know who to hold responsible if your child suffers injuries due to another person’s negligence. Negligence is the legal theory that one party’s failure to exercise a reasonable degree of care led to another person’s physical, financial, or emotional harm. To prove negligence, there are five elements we must show existed at the time of the accident:

  1. Duty: The at-fault party owed your child a duty of reasonable care to prevent them from getting hurt;
  2. Breach of duty: They breached their duty;
  3. Cause in fact: If it weren’t for the at-fault party’s actions or inaction, your child wouldn’t have suffered harm;
  4. Proximate cause: The at-fault party’s breach was the direct cause of the injury; and
  5. Damages: Your child’s injury resulted in various losses.

The party who will be liable for compensation will depend on the type of situation that caused the injury or fatality, such as:

Car accident

If another driver caused the crash, you could file a claim with their auto insurance company. Every driver must carry auto insurance with minimum liability limits. Those limits provide compensation for the victim’s medical bills, emotional suffering, and other associated costs. Under Tennessee’s fault system, the person who causes an accident is automatically financially responsible for the injured party’s injuries and resulting expenses.

Premises liability

A lot of injuries occur on someone else’s property. Property and business owners typically carry a general liability insurance policy. If the owner is liable for the injury, their insurance coverage will typically provide compensation to the injured party. Premises liability accidents often take place in the following locations:

  • City parks
  • Playgrounds
  • Daycare centers
  • Schools
  • Public swimming pools
  • Amusement parks
  • Hotels

If any property’s hazardous conditions led to your child’s injury, you could file a claim with the owner’s insurance company. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, you might also be entitled to a financial award from a civil lawsuit.

Product defects

Sometimes products become defective during the design or manufacturing phase. Either the company designs something that is inherently dangerous or makes a mistake while building it. There could also be an issue with the warning label where the manufacturer doesn’t notify consumers of the risks they could face while using the product. Manufacturers become liable for any injuries that occur due to the mistakes they made.

Common defective products that can injure children include:

  • Clothing
  • Cribs
  • Car seats
  • Bicycles
  • Strollers
  • Toys

Medical malpractice

Healthcare professionals can make mistakes while caring for young children. When that happens, the specific doctor, nurse, or other medical provider and the facility they work in could face legal consequences. Medical malpractice claims are typically the result of the following:

  • Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
  • Surgical error
  • Prescribing the wrong medication
  • Birth injuries
  • Negligent pre and post-care
  • Anesthesia errors

Dog bites and animal attacks

The dog bite laws in Tennessee hold the owner liable for any harm their dog causes to another person. When a child gets attacked by a dog or another animal, it’s the parent’s right to file an insurance claim or lawsuit for compensation. Kids are vulnerable to severe injuries, such as:

  • Broken bones
  • Torn muscle
  • Infections
  • Traumatic brain injury from falling during the attack
  • Damaged nerves
  • Puncture wounds and lacerations

Damages Available in a Child Injury Case

When you hire Bill Easterly & Associates, your Nashville child injury lawyer will ensure you receive the maximum compensation available to cover all the damages you incurred. Damages are the total losses associated with an accident. They include economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages refer to actual expenses, such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Out of pocket expenses
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity

Non-economic damages include the physical and mental trauma experienced after an accident, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disfigurement

Whether you file an insurance claim or lawsuit, you could seek a monetary award to cover the damages resulting from your child’s injuries. We know this ordeal caused a financial burden for you and your family. You shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences of someone else’s mistakes. We’ll ensure the at-fault party pays the money they owe you, so you don’t have to pay out-of-pocket for any expenses.

Contact Bill Easterly & Associates Today

Our Nashville child injury attorneys provide an initial consultation free of charge. You can meet with us to discuss the details of your case and receive the legal advice necessary to make an informed decision moving forward. We’re happy to tell you about your options, so you have the best chance of recovering the maximum compensation you need to help your child recover.

With over 25 years of experience, you can depend on us to reach a favorable outcome in your case. We know the importance of resolving this issue efficiently so that your family can cover the necessary medical expenses and move forward. You can depend on us to fight hard for justice and hold the at-fault party liable. If your child was the victim of another person’s negligence, call Bill Easterly & Associates at (615) 244-2222 to speak with one of our experienced and dedicated Nashville child injury lawyers.

Immediate Help. Exceptional Outcomes.

How Our Tennessee Attorneys Can Help You

No case is too small or too large for our team of experienced attorneys. We have the skills and resources it takes to pursue all types of personal injury cases. If you’ve suffered at the hands of a negligent party, we want to make sure you are compensated, and the negligent party is held responsible. We start by getting to you know and the facts surrounding your case.

Every case is unique, and we treat them as such, priding ourselves on making sure you have our full attention and focusing our efforts on building a successful case for you. Here’s how we can help:

INVESTIGATE YOUR INJURY

Investigate Your Claim: We want to get to the bottom of the “how” and “why” of your accident. We will conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of your incident. This allows us to gather evidence that can strengthen your case and help us identify all responsible parties involved. Leave all the legwork and paperwork to our team.

BUILD A COMPELLING CASE

Build a Compelling Case: With evidence in hand, we work to build a strong and compelling case in your favor. Whether we are going to court or negotiating with an insurance company, by building a solid case, we can help you maximize the amount of damages you may be able to recover.

MAXIMIZE YOUR RECOVERY

We Are Your Advocate: Unfortunately, insurance companies and negligent parties will not take you seriously unless you have an aggressive attorney on your side who fights for your rights. These parties may use tactics that manipulate or take advantage of a victim in order to keep from paying out hefty compensation packages. Having an attorney backing you up signals to these parties you are serious about getting everything you are entitled to.

FOCUS ON YOUR HEALTH

Focus on What’s Important: You. Your health and safety are what’s most important. Let us tackle the paperwork, the negotiating, and the back and forth, while you focus on your health and the well-being of your family. Trusting the team at Bill Easterly & Associates takes an immense weight off of your shoulders.

DEDICATED. AGGRESSIVE. RESPECTED.

Demand the Full Compensation You Deserve

We genuinely believe that you should not have to pay the price for someone else’s negligent and dangerous wrongdoing. For this reason, you can trust our legal team to do everything within our professional power to make sure you are not stuck with the financial repercussions of a serious injury-causing accident. We are ready to put decades of experience and practice to work for you! To schedule your free consultation, do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

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Hear From Our Clients
Tristan Vogel

Bill & his team handled my injury case with total professionalism and respect. I was never left out of the conversation and if I had a question, they had an answer. Never having been through anything like this before I was worried it would be a stressful headache. Fortunately this wasn’t the case. Between his team and the other party’s insurance we settled for higher than I expected/demanded. I highly recommend his office and will be sure to send anyone I know in need of help their way. Many thanks you all!

Jeffrey L.

“I endorse this lawyer. I went to school with Bill and he is truly among the best and brightest lawyers out there.”

Marcus H.

“When I hired Bill to represent me in my workers’ compensation claim, I was receiving $238 per week while out of work. Bill found an error in the way the insurance company calculated my wages, and he got my weekly check raised to $352 almost immediately. This couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Michael L.

“Bill Easterly & Associates let me know just what I needed to do during my time of need. If I had any questions they took the time to answer them. His office kept me informed and up to date on my case.”

William G.

“I worked for a company for 36 years when I was severely injured on the job. I spent over a year working with the state to get my worker’s compensation case taken care of & wasn’t having much luck. I decided to ask for help. I called Bill Easterly & Associates, & spoke with Bill, who was very friendly. Right away Bill & his staff began to work on my case. After just a few short months Bill & his team reached a settlement I was more than pleased with! I am thankful for Bill & his team; without them I would not have been able to receive the assistance I needed.”

Steve S.

“Bill Easterly & Associates, took care of every detail from start to finish with my case. If not for their extreme persistence, I would not have received any medical help nor assistance with all the bills that my employer refused to help me with when they were legally responsible. I was shocked when my settlement was reached for the sum they told me I would receive from the first day I chose them. I was able to relocate to Florida & join my family with a new lease on life.”

James C.

“Bill, I want to thank both you, Craig, and Jim for all the work that was put into yesterday’s trial. I realize that the Judge’s ruling was a direct reflection of the work that you put into my case. I thank you and can’t wait to share your name with others!!!!!”

Sam K.

“I am very appreciative for Bill Easterly & his staff. They helped my family & I during an extremely troublesome time & for this I have extreme gratitude. They are the best!”

Tracy T.

“Bill Easterly & Associates was very professional, honest, polite, and respectable of my needs. They were very accommodating in assisting me with a troubled time. I would definitely refer attorney Easterly to anyone in need of a lawyer.”

Nellie G.

“Bill Easterly & Associates was very helpful to me when I needed someone. I just want to thank him for getting all the bills paid & taking care of my needs. I want to let you know how grateful I was for your staff’s assistance. Whenever I called or left messages they were quick to call me back, as well as very helpful & knowledgeable.”

Mia G.

“Bill Easterly & Associates have been wonderful to our family. The firm fought for a fair settlement for my case and took away all of the stress that came with my accident. Bill and our assigned paralegal were very nice and kept me informed and updated on my case. Bill Easterly himself was available to answer questions that I had and that made me feel special and that he truly cared about my case. This firm shows total professionalism. Great job! I highly recommend this firm!”

James

“Bill Easterly and Associates are the best!!! I had a workman’s comp case resulting from an injury at work and they handled everything with compassion, skill, and diligence. They went up and beyond my expectations and I recommend them to everyone!!!!”

Kathy

“Several years ago I suffered an injury which required surgery and many weeks of additional hospitalization, as well as months of painful recovery. Feeling that I had a real legal issue, I began to dial up some of the more ‘well-known’ legal firms in the Nashville area. However, with each cold, harsh rejection, my heart and hopes sank deeper….until my niece said, “What about this guy, Bill Easterly?”

From the moment Bill & I spoke, I knew I had reached the right person for the job. Bill went to bat for me immediately and stayed with me the whole way, He and his staff answered all my questions knowledgeably and honestly and were always considerate of my needs and wishes. They guided me through a confusing and sometimes frustrating process with the utmost care and professionalism; I felt I couldn’t have been in better hands.

When my case was finally resolved, I was pleased with results. I can truthfully say that now, should the need ever arise again, Bill Easterly and Associates will be the ONLY telephone number I will call for my legal work.”

Craig

“Bill and his team went above and beyond for me in two different cases. His office was always able to answer my questions or return my calls. Bill was always happy to help with anything he could, case involved or not. I have and will continue to highly recommend the services of Bill Easterly & Associates to anyone in need!”

James

“I never worked with an attorney before Bill. After I got hurt at work it took the insurance company several weeks to get me in to see a doctor, and while I was out of work my checks were always late, so a friend suggested I call Bill. He took my case and I immediately began to see my situation get better. His staff took care of scheduling my doctor appointments and made sure that my checks came on time. After the doctor released me to return to work, Bill was able to settle my case in less than three months, and for more money than I ever thought I would get. I highly recommend Bill Easterly & Associates.”

Chris E.

“I had the pleasure of having Bill Easterly and Associates represent me during a worker’s comp. case back in the spring of 2009. During the entire ordeal which involved surgery, and an arduous road to recover, Mr. Easterly and his staff were professional, kind, and worked very hard on my behalf. Mr. Easterly himself worked directly for me, and handled the entire situation with a high degree of care and expertise to the point where I felt like I was the only case he was working on. Furthermore, if I ever had any questions, I knew I could contact Mr. Easterly himself directly to get any issues resolved. I would recommend Mr. Easterly and Associates to anyone looking for excellent legal counsel especially if it involves a worker’s comp. case.”

Randon W.

“Bill Easterly and his team of associates including: Whitney, Annbern, and Bethany are amazing, they have all been like family to me and represented me and my case as if it were their very own. I cannot express how truly thankful I am for the effort and amount of time and work they have put into my case, even through my being impatient under some circumstances. Even though I rarely spoke with them every time I received a phone call or E-mail from Mr. Bill or his associates it has been nothing but great news. I would strongly recommend Bill Easterly and Associates to any and everyone with any type of Workers Comp. or personal injury case to them. I’ve had such a wonderful experience and I couldn’t have asked for a better job. Thank you guys so much.”

P. Burns

“Bill Easterly and Associate are awesome they took my case and did all they could do to make sure I was stress free and I really appreciate their professionalism and the patience they showed me when I became frustrated. I want to thank you for the work you provided but most of all you and the staff Annbern you are a true angel so mild mannered Whitney your patience Bethany your cheery disposition on the telephone and Mr. Bill Easterly your determination and fight on my behalf thank and may you all continue to be a blessing to all you meet. True Angels here on earth. If you need a team that will fight for you BILL EASTERLY AND ASSOCIATES IS THE BEST WAY TO GO.”

Leslie H.

“GREAT People!!!! GREAT Service!!!!!”

Shannon B.

“I called Mr. Easterly a little over a month ago to take over my case because the attorney I started off with had not even looked at my emails in the three months he was supposed to be working for me… Bill has settled my case/claim already and I could not be happier with the outcome. He had personally made calls to me, which made me feel like a person and not just dollar signs. His paralegal, Whitney, is also amazing. She always returned my emails and calls immediately, and was more than patient with me asking a million questions. I hope no one I know is seriously hurt in an accident like we were, but if so I highly recommend you call Bill Easterly and Associates. Not to mention, Bill Easterly is pretty hot ;).”

Ron M.

“Bill has been my attorney for many years on many cases. I have always been pleased with him and his staff for all they have helped me with. Very professional.”

Mark M.

“Bill Easterly handled my case better and faster than I was told to expect, due to the circumstances of the case. He definitely exceeded my personal expectations and I am more than satisfied with the outcome. Would recommend him to anyone. He’s a great guy.”

Shelley

“I called several accident law firms and none were as knowledgeable and sincere as this firm. Mr. Easterly and his associates were amazing! They took the time to listen and answer any questions I had. I’m also grateful they helped me deal with the not so helpful insurance company. They went above and beyond! Very pleased!”

Keith R.

“Throughout my entire case, Mr. Easterly and his staff were supportive and diligent in handling my claim. Mr. Easterly provided the one-on-one attention that I needed. Thank you for everything!”

Nicole P.

“Bill Easterly and his staff were very courteous and friendly. They made me feel like family. When I walked into the office you would’ve thought I had known them before. When it came to them assisting with my case they were awesome. If they told you that they were going to do something or call you back they did. Mr. Easterly and staff took care of my case in an effective and timely manner making me feel like I was the only client. This is the kind of attention you need when you are hurt. If I needed assistance again, I would definitely use them. I would recommend him without hesitation! They should be the first and only attorneys you call when in need! Great group of people! Thank you!”

Muyala M.

“Mr. Bill Easterly and his staff are very friendly and reliable. They are ready to answer any questions that I have and let me know step by step what is going on with my case. I really recommend them to anybody.”

Irene F.

“Bill Easterly and his staff are amazing to work with. I met Bill years ago when my little girl got hurt and he has been my go to lawyer ever since. If he doesn’t specialize in something I have questions about he always takes the time to send me in the right direction. His staff is very professional and on top of things at all time. Thank you Bill for everything you have done for my family.”

Valerie C.

“Bill is knowledgeable and professional. The staff is helpful, friendly and prompt to respond to questions or concerns. Would recommend without reservation.”

Brenda B.

“When I interviewed attorneys for my case, Bill Easterly was hands down the best choice! Not only was he straight to the point, his confidence was contagious! Bethany was on top of my case every step of the way! Every step was explained to me and I was prepared for what would happen throughout the process. I told a friend that I loved my attorneys, she said,

“You don’t hear anyone say that, ever!” But I can recommend Easterly and Associates without hesitation!”

Norma B.

“Bill Easterly and Associates took my case when no one else would and got me a decent settlement. I highly recommend them.”

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