Contacting an Attorney about a Child Injury
Liability in Child Injury Cases
Compensation in Child Injury Cases
Child Abuse and Neglect
Bullying and Harassment
Residential Education Facility Abuse
Abuse by a Staff Member or Authority Figure
Child Sexual Assault
Park and Playground Accidents
Abuse of Special Needs Youth
Abuse of Youth with Mental Illness
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
Sexual Assault Resources
Choosing a Residential Education Facility
Coping with Cyberbullying
Facing a serious injury due to abuse or negligence is a sad reality for many children and their parents. And the prospect of coping with the aftermath of a child injury can be even more terrifying if the injury was the result of abuse or negligence by a caregiver or other trusted adult.
The Kiley Law Group has extensive experience in these sensitive and challenging cases, and our attorneys are here to help relieve some of the burden you feel and to seek the financial peace of mind you and your child need to move forward. If your child suffered harm due to abuse or neglect, please call us 888-979-9323 for your free consultation. Our lawyers are here to guide you through this difficult time, and we never charge unless we collect on your behalf.
If your newborn suffered a birth injury or death that may have been due to the negligence of a caregiver, it’s not only important to contact an attorney, it’s critical to work with a law firm that has a track record of success in birth injury cases. The Kiley Law Group has extensive experience in birth injury claims, and we understand the physical, emotional and financial impacts a birth injury can have on a child and his or family in the short-term and over the course of a lifetime.
If you’re confronted with the terrifying reality of a birth injury, you don’t have to face the burden alone. After you’ve ensured the safety of your ones, call one of our Massachusetts locations at 888-979-9323 or contact us online. We can walk you through what documentation to save and what steps to take next, and we can arrange to meet you in person, even at the hospital. Our attorneys are here to help you move past this difficult time and recover the peace of mind you need to begin a new chapter in your life.
The effects of an injury to a child can extend beyond recovery and even into adulthood. Compensation in child injury cases varies widely, but it may include money for:
Physical therapy and rehabilitation
Pain and suffering
Counseling and special education
Special home accommodationsLoss of earning potential
The Kiley Law Group has more than three decades of experience in injury cases, and we understand how to seek fair compensation for physical and mental costs associated with child injuries. When settlement offers are not adequate for your needs, our lawyers have the trial expertise necessary to take your case to court.
The Massachusetts Department of Children & Families investigates approximately 75,000 reports of suspected child abuse and/or neglect each year. Though abuse and neglect sometimes result in physical injuries, other damage is not always visible. The consequences of child abuse and neglect can also include poor health, low self-esteem, and emotional and behavioral problems.
Abuse and neglect know no bounds; they can occur at homes, daycares, schools, camps and other settings in which you expect your child to be safe. Abuse and neglect may occur day after day, or be a traumatic one-time event. The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group understand the far-reaching effects of child abuse and neglect, and we are proud to serve as advocates for victims.
Bullying and other forms of harassment can have severe adverse effects on children that follow them into adulthood or, in some sad cases, lead to suicide. The spread of social media outlets has made cyberbullying a growing concern. Bullying and harassment comes in many forms:
Name calling or other verbal abuse
Unwanted physical contact
Unwanted sexual advances or contact
Bullying and harassment do not always stem from peers;
all too often, a trusted adult is responsible for the devastation that bullying and other types of harassment can cause. At the Kiley Law Group, we can’t take back the experiences your child was subjected to, but we can make sure his or her future is protected, and that he or she is able to get the help needed to move forward.
Residential education programs can be great opportunities for children and teens to grow as individuals and receive a quality education that will put them on the right track for college and careers. Unfortunately, children at even the best facilities are sometimes subject to abuse or harassment by fellow students or by staff members.
Physical abuse, bullying, harassment and sexual assault have all occurred in these environments that are supposed to provide nurturing places to learn. The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have successfully handled a broad range of residential student education facility cases, and we know how to help you and your family hold the responsible parties accountable.
When physical or psychological abuse is committed by a person that you and your child view as a figure of trust and authority, the betrayal can be devastating. Yet instances of child abuse and neglect are often perpetrated by those in positions of power, and children with learning disabilities, mental illnesses or other special needs are often targeted.
Schools, residential educational facilities, special education centers and other institutions have an obligation to care for and protect children. No one—especially a child—deserves to be victimized, and when abuse or neglect occurs in these environments, it is rarely limited to one child. At the Kiley Law Group, our lawyers are committed to protecting the rights of children who have been victims of abuse or neglect by institutional staff members or other authority figures.
No one, least of all a child, should have to cope with the trauma of sexual assault. Children are unfortunately vulnerable to sexual assault, even in settings such as schools and care facilities that are supposed to offer protection. Often, child victims of sexual assault may not want to discuss the situation due to feelings of guilt, shame, anger or confusion.
The Kiley Law Group understands the sensitive nature of sexual assault. Our attorneys have extensive experience in child injury cases, and we know the costs associated with recovering from sexual assault. If you believe your child is a victim of sexual assault, our lawyers are here to pursue the financial peace of mind you and your child need to move forward.
Playground injuries send more than 200,000 children to emergency rooms each year, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Injuries that occur at parks and playgrounds are often the result of momentary carelessness, but they can also be caused by poorly maintained playground equipment or park surfaces, lack of safety warnings of potential risks or defective playground equipment.
Because there are a number of factors that can contribute to park and playground accidents, and because multiple parties may be accountable when an injury occurs, it’s advisable to discuss your situation with an attorney if your child suffers an injury at a playground or park. The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have a strong background in child injury cases, and we can help you pursue the financial security your child needs to recover.
Children are more likely to be bitten by a dog than adults, and when they are the injuries can be severe and the medical treatment costly. Even when full physical recovery is possible, dog bite injuries to children can leave lingering emotional trauma, as well as extensive scarring or disfigurement.
When dog bites are the result of negligence, such as inadequate supervision or abusive care, victims and their families have the right to pursue legal action. The experienced legal team at the Kiley Law Group has helped many dog bite injury victims recover the compensation they need to cope with medical expenses and other damages.
The broad term “special needs” refers to those who have specific educational or social requirements due to a physical impairment, learning disorder or other physical or mental health condition. Some special needs youth require institutionalized care, and some parents of special needs children choose to enroll their kids in educational facilities that can tailor learning to their unique needs.
However, children with special needs are particularly vulnerable to abuse, especially when they are outside the care of their family. The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group are proud to advocate for child abuse victims, and we are committed to helping victims and their families obtain the compensation they need to cope with this traumatic experience and move forward with their lives. Because children, including those with special needs, can be reluctant to discuss abuse, it’s important for parents to watch for signs of abuse or neglect, and to contact an attorney if you suspect abuse.
Children who suffer from mental illness already face daunting challenges, but when neglect or abuse is added to their burdens, the results can be physically and emotionally devastating. Children with mental illness may be enrolled at special education facilities or residential treatment centers, where they can be vulnerable to bullying from fellow students or abuse from staff.
If your child has a mental illness and suffered abuse or neglect at an educational institution or care center, the attorneys at the Kiley Law Group can provide you with the representation you need to obtain justice for your child and ensure no other children are harmed. Our compassionate legal team has extensive success in child injury cases, and we’re here to help you recover the financial peace of mind you and your child need to move ahead.
If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) at 800-792-5200. For a listing of local DCF offices, visit the DCF Directory page. Additional information can be found on the DCF’s Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect page.
There are a number of local resources throughout Massachusetts for sexual assault victims, many of them with specialized care for child victims. For a list of these agencies and their contact information, please see our Sexual Assault Resources page.
Choosing the proper residential education institution for your child can be a formidable task, especially if your child has special needs that can make him or her vulnerable to abuse or bullying. For tips on vetting these types of organizations, please see our Choosing a Residential Student Facility page.
Cyberbullying is an increasing—and increasingly dangerous—form of harassment that can have lasting, detrimental effects on children. To learn more about cyberbullying and how to deal with it, please visit our How to Handle Cyberbullying page.