Although accidents often happen suddenly, there is always a clear image of what happened before an accident right in the victim’s head– unless he or she blacked out and lost his or her memory for some reason. Then, the events leading up to the accident or following the accident may not be so crystal clear. However, it is personal injury lawyers who really get to see it all– from the victim’s medical records to aspects of the victim’s personal life to the details of the victim’s accident.
Unfortunately, not every accident is worth remembering, and not every accident is something a victim can talk about to a stranger with ease– which is exactly what victims of a personal injury accident have to do when they hire a personal injury lawyer in order to pursue their personal injury lawsuit.
No need to worry, though– personal injury lawyers know how to get their clients to open up and tell them everything, because doing so is the most important part of winning their client’s personal injury lawsuit.
Although personal injury lawyers come across many different accidents as they practice in what is often a fulfilling area of the law, not all of the accidents they come across are entertaining or inspiring. Some of them are just heartbreaking, like this one, which is an accident that might strike you as one no child should have to go through or see.
Last year in November, it was just Career Day at Tularosa Elementary School in New Mexico. Ten year old R.D. was with a group of his friends when a police officer approached them. The police officer should have talked about the importance of police to enforcing justice and protecting citizens in society. He should have encouraged the group of children to join the police force or at least pursue their own dreams and become someone who contributes to bettering society or just someone who gives back to society– even in a small way. Instead, he asked the group of children to wash his car. It was R.D. who spoke up, reportedly jokingly, when he said, “No.” At that moment the unthinkable happened. The police officer took out his taser and tased R.D with 50,000 volts of electricity. Why? For refusing to “listen to an officer.” R.D. immediately blacked out. When he came to, the police officer first took him to the bathroom, and then took him to the principal’s office and waited for his parents to arrive. Afterwards, R.D. had cigarette-like burns on his chest, as well as trouble sleeping later on. His parents are now pursuing a lawsuit on his behalf, partly as a result of the personal injury that was caused by the police officer’s negligent actions.
The Children Involved In An Accident
Young children who suffer from personal injury are especially prone to discomfort and unease. The legal process is already confusing to adults, but when children get involved it becomes even more complicated in their small eyes– and it can be just as complicated to explain both the legal process and the legal system to them. After all, sometimes, we don’t really understand many of these things ourselves, and we take many of these things for granted because we are well aware of the way society operates on a status quo.
So, for children like R.D. who are the victims of personal injury, it is important to take extra precautions throughout the legal process. The parents and personal injury lawyer of the child should both be gentle, caring, and supportive as they pursue the lawsuit. If needed, they should seek other forms of professional help, such as child or family therapy. In the end, making sure a child is not scarred for life– physically and emotionally, may be the best form of recovery.
Jennifer Machie writes for Paul Colley, a leading personal injury lawyer at Colley & Colley, LLP.