For many New Mexico residents, their children are the center of their lives. These parents are willing to do everything within their power to ensure that their children are safe and financially cared for. Unfortunately, though, incidences occur that leave children harmed. Some of these incidences are nothing more than accidents, such as when a child is hurt while playing at recess. In other cases, though, children suffer serious injuries caused by child abuse and child neglect.

Many times, victims of child abuse and neglect are harmed by those who are entrusted to care for them. One example recently made the local news. An 11-year-old child was seriously injured while in foster care. According to reports, the foster parent claimed that the child was hurt while practicing soccer dives. However, medical professionals determined that the child’s injuries did not correspond with the explanation given. The woman was therefore arrested and charged with multiple criminal offenses.

Although criminal punishment may help a family find accountability and a sense of justice in instances of child abuse or neglect, it will do nothing to help compensate a family for the damages it may have suffered. For example, the child in this case will likely have extensive medical expenses, and he or she may have suffered extensive emotional harm that will require additional ongoing treatment for a long time to come.

In these situations, it may be wise for parents to consider taking their own legal action against the party who harmed their child. Whether a kid is hurt through child abuse, child neglect, carelessness, or in an accident caused by a negligent driver, parents may be able to gather physical evidence, witness accounts, and supporting case law to support their claim for compensation. Oftentimes, these parents find it beneficial to obtain the help of a qualified legal professional.