Can a Parent Sue on Behalf of Their Child for a Wrongful Injury in Texas?

As a parent, your primary concern is keeping your child safe. This is why if your child is injured in an accident due to no fault of his own, you are most likely wondering whether you can sue on behalf of your child to recover the compensation he needs to heal. Our experienced Texas personal injury attorneys are here to help. Read on and reach out to our firm to learn more about these accidents, what to do after one, and how we can fight for your child’s right to a speedy recovery. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What should I do if my child is injured in an accident?

If your child is injured in an accident, it is imperative that you take the following steps to document the incident:

  1. Call the police.
  2. If the injury occurred in an auto accident, ask the driver for his or her insurance information. If the injury occurred on another person’s property, notify the property owner.
  3. Ask witnesses for contact information.
  4. Take pictures of the scene of the accident.
  5. Ensure your child receives immediate medical treatment.
  6. Retain the services of an experienced Texas personal injury attorney.

Does Texas law allow me to sue on behalf of my child if he is injured in an accident?

If your child is injured in an accident, fortunately, you can sue on his behalf. These claims have two parts. First, you will sue for financial, or economic damages, which entail the monetary cost of your child’s injury, such as hospital bills, the cost of surgeries, the cost of therapy/rehabilitation, and more. You can also sue for non-economic damages, which are very real, however, they are intangible, monetarily speaking. Some examples of non-economic damages include loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and disfigurement.

How long will I have to sue on behalf of my child in Texas?

If your child is injured in an accident, you most likely want to recover the compensation he needs to heal as soon as possible. That being said, you should understand that the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Texas is, generally two years, which means that you cannot wait any longer than two years from the date of the accident to take legal action against the liable party. If you do, you will most likely be barred from suing. Our firm is ready to help you today.


We understand how challenging various legal matters can be, which is why we have dedicated ourselves to helping clients in Texas through a wide array of legal matters, including personal injury law and criminal defense. If you have sustained a serious injury or are facing criminal charges, contact the Gonzalez Law Group today to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the legal process ahead.