Janssen Malloy LLP has extensive experience in representing children who have been injured through the careless conduct of others. There are special considerations unique to representing children (minors under the age of 18, or legal majority). First of all, the Statute of Limitations (S/L) for a minor is different than that for an adult. Generally, the S/L for an adult in a personal injury matter is two (2) years from the date of injury, which means that a lawsuit against responsible defendants must be filed within two years from the date of the injury. For minors, that S/L is “tolled” (suspended) during the time the minor is under the age of legal majority (their 18th birthday). This means minors have longer to file an action (lawsuit) for personal injury. Further, because the child is not yet an adult, a responsible adult must be appointed by the court to act on behalf of the minor. This individual is designated as the “Guardian ad Litem” (GAL). The GAL is usually one of the child’s parents (or a grandparent). In order to properly file a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of a minor, an appropriate GAL must be appointed by the court, and then the complaint must be filed in Superior Court.