BOCA RATON CHILD INJURY LAWYERS
Children are concerned with only one thing: having fun. Adults are responsible for ensuring that children are having fun in a safe manner. Sadly, the leading cause of death among children are accidental child injuries. It is clear that accidents involving children can and do happen. In addition to making sure their children get the medical treatment they need for their injuries, parents often seek to ensure that whomever is at fault for their child’s injury is held accountable.
Negligence To Children
Negligence plays a big role in many personal injury claims involving children’s injuries. When parents place their children in the care of a third party, such as that of a babysitter, school, or daycare, they entrust that their children will be properly supervised and never put in harm’s way. Sometimes, however, those who are supposed to be keeping our children safe are not always doing so. Child injuries from schools, the bus, or playground are often the result of inadequate adult supervision.
Young children are also susceptible to choking and toxic chemical hazards. Adult supervisors are responsible for ensuring that such hazards are kept safely out of reach of children. Adults who caring for children, particularly infants and newborns, have a duty to remove all small items from wherever a child may be able to access them, including from the floor and low shelves.
Child injuries are also caused by property owners that fail to maintain a safe environment. Schools and municipalities, for example, have a duty to make sure that pools and playground equipment are properly maintained and safe for the use of children. Poorly maintained equipment, such as broken playground structures and pools with dangerously strong suction drains, can injure or kill children.
Defective Products Causing Injuries To Children
Dangerous products are also a common cause of child injuries. For example, the large number of toy recalls that occur each year are a reminder that seemingly innocent child-rated objects can be unsuspectingly dangerous. Defective toys can present a number of child injury risks, including choking hazards on small or easily detachable pieces, or toxic chemical hazards of poorly manufactured pieces or substances. Because young children are more likely to put toys in their mouths, they are exceptionally vulnerable to the risk of injury imposed by products with dangerously high toxic chemical levels.
However, products other than children’s toys may also pose risks of child injuries. Cribs with large gaps between each bar present a risk of a child injury if the child fits his or her head through the bars. High seats that fail to properly secure an infant risk children falling and sustaining serious injuries.
Safety equipment that fails or is not properly used can also be dangerous for children. Car seats are often implicated in child injury related claims, especially since many child injuries are the result of car accidents. A defective car seat may fail to protect a child as it should in the event of a collision. Alternatively, if the child is in the care of an adult third party, such as a babysitter, that person may have failed to properly adjust and secure the car seat. A car seat that has not been properly secured could result in severe child injuries, such as the child’s ejection in an accident. Likewise, an adult supervisor should never position a car seat so that the child is facing an airbag. Airbags can be lifesavers for adults, but they can end up suffocating young children.
The following are some situations that may result in children suffering from serious injuries:
- School bus accidents
- Negligent supervision
- Defective or dangerous toys
- Park and playground equipment accidents
- Organized sports accidents
- Recalled products
- Child abuse
Depending upon the type and severity of injury that your child has suffered, he or she may experience the following injuries:
- Blindness or eye injury
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Head injury
- Long term disability
- Short term disability
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
Looking For Accountability
The above is just a small sampling of the everyday threats of child injuries when they are placed in the care of others. Parents whose children have been injured as a result of another person’s negligence are likely to react out of anger and confusion. Holding the negligent parties accountable is righteous for their own injured child, but it is also necessary to prevent similar incidents to other innocent children in the future.
Proving negligence, whether that negligence is in the form of inadequate adult supervision or because of a defective product design, can be difficult.
One of our Shiner Law Group personal injury lawyers are available to help. Backed up with years of experience and proven results, a qualified lawyer can help parents of injured children seek out the legal options available to them.
If your child has been hurt or injured, we can help. Our qualified attorneys are local and available 24/7. Call us at (561) 777-7700 for a free consultation.