Schools are out for the summer and maybe for fall and even though a huge part of outdoor summer fun in Florida is essential nowadays, it also provides the most common dangers for children. Child injuries peak during the summer months in Florida. If you are a parent or guardian of a child you know this to be the case. It’s common sense. Children are more active in the summer months. However, you should be prepared for the worst-case scenario.
If your child has had an injury, instead of taking on the legal issues by yourself, your best course of action is to contact the experienced child injury lawyers at Englander Peebles. Our team of Florida based child advocates consists of accident attorneys renowned for achieving desirable results in child injury litigation lawsuits. You cannot put a price on the value of protecting your children.
Why do I Need an Attorney if My Child Has Been Injured?
Successful child injury claims require experienced representation. From a lawyer’s standpoint, child injuries can involve many areas of law, including car accidents, product and premises liability, negligence on the part of businesses like daycare centers, school districts, public parks, swimming pools, or even your next-door neighbor. Because children require specialized medical care in the event of an injury and because long-term conditions will affect a child for more years than an adult, payouts for successful child personal injury claims are known to be larger than others. At Englander Peebles, we want to be sure that your child has the best possible medical treatment for his or her injuries in order to ensure that they recover quickly and fully.
Negligence almost always plays a large part in child injury lawsuits. Negligence resulting in child injuries can come in many forms, from lack of supervision to substandard equipment, improper surfaces, and much more. Negligence can occur at an outdoor playset, or in a public area such as a park, cruise ship or vacation resort, school or beach playground. When it comes to child injuries and lawsuits, prevention is the key. Parents and caretakers alike should know some of the risks in summer activates and signs of safety hazards. As parents, we all want to trust that our playgrounds are safe and that the equipment is maintained properly. Lately, there is reason to be even more concerned as researchers have found a connection between playground accidents and a rise in traumatic brain injuries.
How to Minimize the Risk of Child Injury
As parents and guardians, we can educate children on how to play safely on the equipment- instilling proper play manners in children (such as no pushing, shoving or trampling), look for broken pieces of glass or trash in the play area, and check the playground equipment itself for sharp edges or broken pieces
Swimming pools can be a great place for fun and exercise, but during the summer months, it also presents many child injury and accident risks. Drowning is a serious problem this time of year as well. These types of incidents more frequently occur in backyard pools and landscape pools and beaches, but can also happen in just inches of water.
Parents should always practice “touch supervision” – meaning they should be close enough to reach out to their child at any time. Experts also strongly encourage parents to get certified in CPR and to always make sure their child is wearing an approved flotation device such as a life vest.
Other things to check for at pools are:
- Lack of gates or proper fencing- allows children to enter unsafe areas and injure themselves
- Inadequate signage leading to a possible diving injury
- Slippery conditions cause a slip and fall accidents
- Lack of proper lifeguards led to drowning
If your child has been injured your best immediate course of action is to seek the advice of an attorney who specializes in child injuries. If you suspect negligence or product defect has played a part in jeopardizing the safety of your child and may be a hazard in the current situation, you will absolutely want to seek expert advice before you proceed with any course of action.
Contact Our Attorneys Today
The personal injury attorneys at Englander Peebles understand that child injuries can cause incredible stress on the child’s family members, especially his or her parents. 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. 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) 807-1854 or by submitting our online form.