Do you have children who like to play rough around the house? Do they often visit with friends, and act in a playful, but physical way? If so, make sure that they avoid playing around windows.
Additionally, if you have young children who have just begun to walk, make sure you monitor their whereabouts at all times. A tragic accident could happen at any time.
Recently, a two-year-old Atlantic City boy fell from a second story window, suffering foot and hand injuries. According to the Press of Atlantic City, the child fell from the window of a house located on Bellevue Avenue in December.
His parents reportedly thought someone else was watching him when the incident occurred. It remains unclear who owns the property.
The child is expected to make a full recovery, but witnesses described the occurrence as heartbreaking.
How Can I Prevent My Child From Falling Out of a Window?
According to the Press, about 5,200 children per year are treated for injuries related to falls, specifically from windows. Fortunately, many of the falls are not fatal—only about 20 per year result in death, but they often lead to head injuries.
To prevent window falls, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recommends that furniture be moved away from windows in homes with children, to prevent them from climbing around.
Additionally, according to the Press, the hospital recommended the following:
- Do not rely on insect screens to keep children from falling out of windows.
- Install window guards on all windows above the first floor.
- Use window stops to prevent a window from opening.
Can I File a Lawsuit If My Child is Injured from Falling Out of a Window?
Remember, if your child is injured in a fall on someone else’s property, or at school or daycare, you should have the incident investigated.
When an adult places a child in a dangerous situation, not paying attention to him or her, or recklessly allows a child to play by a window, and a child is injured, you may have legal rights as a parent.
For more information about injuries to children, speak to our attorneys. Remember, spinal cord and head injuries are incredibly expensive to treat—for a child, suffering a catastrophic injury can lead to expensive long-term healthcare.
Donald G. Targan & Associates – Atlantic City Accident Attorneys
Targan Talk: According to the CDC, about 8,000 children are treated each year in U.S. emergency rooms for fall-related injuries.