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Leaving a child in a hot car is a tragic and unfortunately common occurrence, especially during the summer months. These incidents can lead to severe injuries or wrongful death, raising the question: Do I have a claim? Here is what you need to know about pursuing a legal claim in these heartbreaking situations.

When You Have a Claim

  • Negligent Supervision: If a caregiver, like a daycare worker or babysitter, leaves a child in the car due to negligence, you may have a claim. Caregivers are responsible for protecting the children in their care.
  • Product Defects: If the car’s safety features fail, causing the child to be left in a hot car, you could claim against the manufacturer. Malfunctioning child safety locks or temperature controls are examples.
  • Third-Party Liability: Leaving the child in the car by someone other than the parent or legal guardian could lead to a potential claim. This includes actions by a school bus driver or family member.
  • Employer Negligence: If the caregiver’s employer fails to ensure child safety during job duties, such as a daycare provider or teacher, they may be liable.

When You Do Not Have a Claim

  1. Accidental Forgetfulness: If a parent or guardian accidentally forgets a child in the car, it can be challenging to pursue a claim. These cases are often viewed as tragic accidents rather than grounds for legal action.
  2. No Negligence Involved: If all safety measures were in place and the incident was truly unavoidable, there may be no grounds for a claim.
  3. No Causation: If the child’s injuries were not directly caused by being left in the car, but by another unrelated factor, it may weaken the case for a claim.

Why Hire Fielding Law

Navigating the legal complexities of a child left in a hot car injury or wrongful death claim can be overwhelming. Here is why you should consider Fielding Law:

Expertise: Our attorneys specialize in personal injury and wrongful death cases. We understand the laws and can help you build a strong case.

Compassionate Support: We know that dealing with such a traumatic event is emotionally taxing. Our team provides empathetic and supportive guidance throughout the legal process.

Personalized Attention: Every case is unique. We offer personalized legal strategies tailored to your specific situation.

Results-Driven: We are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients, ensuring justice and fair compensation.

Take Action to Protect Your Rights

Understanding your legal options is crucial if your child has been injured or worse due to being left in a hot car. While some situations may not lead to a claim, many involve negligence or failures that legal professionals can address. For compassionate and capable legal support, contact Fielding Law at 833.88.SHARK. We are here to guide you through this difficult time and safeguard your rights.

Note: Information provided is for educational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. Always consult with a qualified attorney for legal concerns.