I was recently involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, since it was my first accident, I was scatter-brained and anxious. What I did not realize at the time was that the actions you take immediately after the accident can affect a personal injury case and the outcome of that case. I wanted to find a way to share my experiences and mistakes with other. Since the Internet is so popular, I figured this would be a great way to do so. While you likely aren't planning on being in an accident soon, if you are, hopefully you remember some of the tips I share on this website.
For parents that have had their children taken by child protective services, the road to getting them back home can be long, hard and heart-breaking. While some parents have their children taken because of legitimate reasons like drug use around them or inflicting physical or sexual abuse, many other parents lose their children because of poor conditions in the home. For parents that are working hard to get their kids back, it can mean getting a new house, undergoing a lot of mental health counseling or completing parenting classes. But, what happens when you are working hard to get your kids home and you learn from your caseworker they have been physically abused while in foster care? Follow these tips for getting the compensation your child deserves.
What Counts As Physical Abuse In Children?
If your child was severely punished while living in a foster care home, he or she may have physical signs of it. Bruising, lacerations or burns are classic signs of physical child abuse. Your job as a parent is to prove the physical abuse did happen at the hands of a foster parent as corporal punishment or by someone else because the foster care was not vigilant in your caring for child's safety. Having photos of bruises and other physical injuries is vital. If you have to visit your child through child protective services, ask if your caseworker or guardian ad litem have taken photos of your child's injuries. You may not get to see those injuries until your next scheduled visit when bruises can be fading or lacerations can be healed. Be sure to find out whether or not your child was taken for a medical examination as soon as the abuse was discovered.
Talk To An Attorney With Foster Care Abuse Experience
Most lawyers specializing in the defense of abused foster care children practice in the area of law called personal injury. You may worry about having enough money to hire a personal injury attorney, especially if you have to start paying back child support to the system that was taking care of your child in foster care. You should know that personal injury attorneys usually do not charge up front fees and take a percentage of what he or she wins for your child in court as payment. The money your personal injury lawyer takes from the case is called contingency fees.
Your lawyer can help you fight for your child against the system. If you are frightened and worried about what has happened to your child in foster care, contact a lawyer today and learn where and when you can start taking action.