As with adults, children under the age of 18 can be victims of personal injury accidents, whether they’re car accidents, premises liability incidents, or dog bite attacks. When adults are injured due to others’ negligence, they can personally file injury claims or lawsuits against the liable parties and receive compensation for their damages.

While minors have the same rights, the legal process has different requirements. This typically involves the appointment of a guardian ad litem (GAL), a court-appointed advocate responsible for protecting the child’s best interests during legal proceedings.

Knowing the role of a GAL and working with a California personal injury attorney can help you get your child the compensation they deserve.