My last post was about minor settlements, which are settlements on behalf of a minor person (often a suit brought by their parents) which must be approved by a court. Some of the most common cases we see that involve injured children are car accidents and dog-related injuries.
Personal injury actions-where you are injured due to somebody else's actions or failure to act-can be a lot of stress added to the fact that you are injured and trying to focus on your recovery. When the injured person is your child, the drive to protect and defend that child can make an already stressful situation overwhelming. In Minnesota, a parent can file a lawsuit on behalf of a minor who is too young mount their own legal action, but there are specific rules that govern how any money paid out from such a suit must be held.
That's the question Chicago asks in the song of the same name on their classic 1969 debut album, Chicago Transit Authority (here's a link to the original version before it was shortened for radio play). When it comes to the deadlines for bringing legal claims, not knowing the time will indeed give you "time enough to cry." That's because the law sets deadlines, called statutes of limitation, by which legal claims must be pursued. If those deadlines are missed, the claim can no longer be made in court, no matter how strong the facts and law may be to support it.
If you suffer a personal injury in a car accident or other event that is someone else's fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Immediately following the accident is not the time to accept a personal injury settlement. This is especially true if you are still treating for your injuries, or if the full nature and extent of your injuries is not yet known. Typically a personal injury settlement will be a one-time payment, and the insurance company or the party who caused your injuries will demand that you sign a release in exchange for the payment.