Children are probably the most vulnerable members of our society. Their inexperience, ongoing physical growth and development, and small size make them particularly vulnerable to accidental injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than nine thousand children tragically die each year from accidental injuries, which amounts to about 25 deaths a day. Accidental injuries are the leading cause of mortality among children 1 – 19 years of age, and accounts for nearly thirty seven percent of all deaths of children after infancy.
The attorneys at Englander Peebles understand that child injuries can cause incredible stress on the child’s family members, especially his or her parents. Additionally, special care must be taken to ensure that the child is not overwhelmed by the experience or the legal process. If your child was injured Broward, Miami-Dade, or Palm Beach County, Englander Peebles has the experience to assist you with obtaining compensation for injuries that your child may have suffered due to the wrongful actions or negligence of others.
Children in Florida suffer injuries at rates similar to national trends, according to the Florida Department of Health. Approximately one out of ten Florida children ages 19 and under are injured seriously enough every year to require a visit to the emergency room or admission to the hospital for treatment. In fact, in just 2013 alone, approximately 500,000 children were treated for injuries in Florida hospital emergency rooms.Injuries Suffered in Schools or Daycare Facilities
Schools, whether public or private, as well as daycare facilities are entrusted by parents with the responsibility of caring for their children. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that most of the playground injuries by children between five and nine years of age occur at school. When children are injured while they are under a school’s care, an exhaustive investigation must be undertaken immediately to make sure that evidence is not lost. The relevant legal question is whether a school or daycare facility had a duty of care that it failed to satisfy, therefore causing the child’s injury. Because of these complex legal issues, those who are seeking to obtain compensation for their child’s injuries from a school should retain Englander Peebles.
Before a lawsuit can be filed for an injury occurring at a public school, proper notice must be provided to certain state agencies. The agencies must be given sufficient time to investigate the allegations. The failure to provide proper notice may delay or even bar your ability to bring a lawsuit against a public school for your child’s injuries.
If you have a child who has been injured, you need the assistance of a compassionate and experienced South Florida personal injury lawyer who will advocate for you to obtain the compensation you deserve. Englander Peebles can provide you with representation backed by years of experience in handling child injuries. Contact us today for a free initial consultation by calling (954) 500-4878 or by submitting our online form.