Child Injury

Child Injury Lawyers

A seriously injured child is every parent’s worst nightmare. When you’re looking for a child injury attorney, you need the BEST. That’s the Tario & Associates difference that you’ll experience as our client.

The truth is that as our children get older, they will be in the care of others and that can put them at risk for personal injury. Due to their youth and lack of knowledge and experience, children are more susceptible to injury in all types of accidents and may need psychological counseling to heal from the trauma of the injury on top of medical care.

If your child has sustained a serious injury due to the negligence of a person or organization or because of a defective product; you may benefit from legal counsel from an experienced child injury lawyer. A child accident lawsuit seeks justice and damages for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, medical care, physical therapy, counseling, and long-term care. Do not delay justice; contact us today!

Experience Matters for Child Injury Lawsuits

Michael Tario opened the prominent Bellingham law firm Tario & Associates, P.S. in 1979, followed by the Mount Vernon office in 1988. Over the years the personal injury attorneys at the firm have helped thousands of victims of child injuries in Mount Vernon and throughout Skagit County to receive fair compensation and just treatment for their injuries.

If your case goes to court, we work hard to avoid additional trauma to your child by exposing them to too many details of the proceedings. We provide FREE case evaluations and no attorney fees unless you recover damages.


  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Playground or amusement park accidents
  • School bus accidents
  • Swimming pool & trampoline accidents
  • Daycare/preschool/school accidents
  • Defective products intended for children
  • Inadequate supervision accidents
  • Animal attacks
  • Premises liability accidents

If you or loved one was injured, you have enough to worry about. Let our child injury lawyers give you peace of mind. Call the experienced Mount Vernon personal injury lawyers at Tario & Associates, P.S. today at 360-336-6666.

How do I know whether I should pursue a child injury claim?

The only way to be certain as to whether you have a case is to meet with one of our experienced child injury lawyers for a FREE consultation. We will fully evaluate your case and advise you of your legal rights.

Do I really need to hire a child injury lawyer or should I handle my own claim?

In most cases, hiring an injury attorney will yield better results, even for seemingly minor claims. At Tario & Associates, P.S., we stand by our injured clients every step of the way, fighting for you inside or outside of court.

How much do I have to pay to pursue a child injury claim?

There are no upfront costs or fees paid by our clients to pursue an injury claim; we provide representation on a contingency fee basis for personal injury cases. While you will not incur any attorney fees if you do not win your case, Washington law requires clients to reimburse the law firm for out-of-pocket expenses.

Our firm advances out-of-pocket costs for our injury clients and does not require our clients to pay any of these costs up front. When cases are concluded with a monetary recovery, our firm is repaid for the out-of-pocket costs we have advanced with a percentage of the settlement.

Can a child bring a child injury claim if he or she is injured due to a person or organization’s negligence?

The short answer is yes; an injured child has the same rights as an injured adult. If a child is injured because of another person or entity – whether by a defective product, medical malpractice, in a car accident, or other type of negligence – he or she is entitled to pursue a child injure settlement. Note that children may have additional time to file an injury claim – see question about statute of limitations.

What damages are recoverable in a child injury claim?

Like other types of personal injury cases, a child may be entitled to recover damages for pain and suffering, emotional trauma, rehabilitation, long-term care, disability, future medical bills, loss of enjoyment of life and future lost wages. In many cases, current medical bills will fall under the parent’s responsibility before the child is 18 years of age.

Is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in WA State different for child injury cases?

Generally, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim in WA State is three years from the date of the injury. If the injury is incurred by a minor child, however, the child may have three years from their 18th birthday to file a claim. It is always best to check with a WA State personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your legal rights and the laws relevant to your case.

My child has suffered a serious injury due to negligent care or actions. What do I do?

When anybody is injured the first thing to do is seek appropriate medical care. If you believe that the injury was caused by a defective product, unsafe building conditions or a breach of “duty of care” by a medical provider or care giver; an experienced child injury attorney should be contacted right away. The best time to gather and preserve evidence for an injury claim is right after the accident so there is no time to waste!

My child is deceased as a result of their injuries. Can I bring a wrongful death claim for a child injury?

Yes; immediate family members of the deceased child may be able to file a wrongful death claim for funeral expenses, medical bills, and loss of loss of companionship and enjoyment of life due to the death of a child. Speak to an experienced wrongful death lawyer in your state.

Do I need to hire an injury lawyer to file a child injury claim?

Proving liability in a child injury claim can be challenging and time consuming. A personal injury lawyer gathers evidence and interviews key witnesses to build a case. They handle pre-trial litigation and represent their clients at trial, if necessary. Injured parties who hire a child accident attorney typically see settlements several times large than what they could negotiate on their own. The best part is that personal injury lawyers generally work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you only pay a percentage of your settlement and no out-of-pocket costs.

I am worried that my child will be traumatized all over again if we file a lawsuit for the injury. What will my child experience if I file a child injury claim on his or her behalf?

An experienced child injury lawyer understands the delicate nature of children and takes care to limit their involvement in any case. The child’s role is limited while expert witnesses, the personal injury lawyer, and other adults present the evidence and negotiate a settlement.

What should I look for in a child injury lawyer?

When selecting a personal injury lawyer for your child’s injury claim there a few things to look for.

  • Online reviews for both the attorney and the law firm
  • Attorney ratings from law websites
  • The attorney’s years of experience
  • The attorney’s focus on personal injury
  • The attorney’s experience with child injury claims and the area of law relevant to your child’s injury such as medical malpractice, products liability, host liability or car accidents

Once you have narrowed the list of attorneys based on these factors, setup meetings with the top contenders to ensure that you choose the right fit.

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