When a child is injured due to the negligence or intentional misconduct of another, the family should consult with a child injury lawyer to determine whether to seek damages for the child. If your child has been injured as the result of the negligence of another then give our Alabama child injury lawyers a call today for a consultation.
Serious injury to a child can result from medical malpractice, product liability, negligence or failure to act by caretakers or adults responsible for the care of a child, animal attacks/bites, physical abuse, sexual abuse, toxic exposure, dangerous conditions of property, vehicle accidents, and train/bus accidents. If your child has been seriously injured and you believe it may have been due to the carelessness or intentional acts of another then contact our Alabama child injury lawyer.
Automobile Accident Related Child Injuries
One example of a situation where children are injured is automobile accidents. Many times the injury to a child in such an accident can be due to some issue with the car seats or vehicle itself. Other times it is due to the negligence of another driver. If your child has been injured as the result of another driver’s negligence, then let our child injury lawyer help you today.
In 2004 almost 500 children under 5 years of age were killed in a passenger vehicle accident. Automobile crashes are the largest cause of death of children between the ages of five and eight. This is typically the age when it is advisable to use child safety restraints, but these restraints can be flawed in many dangerous ways.
Defective Product Child Injuries
Manufacturers of toys and other products for children and babies must follow the rules and standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Child Safety Protection Act. However, due to poor design, flaws in manufacturing, or inadequate warnings these products pose a serious risk to children.
The most commonly overlooked dangers with toys are small pieces that can be ingested or choked on, sharp edges, and flammable material. Other than defective toys, cribs for babies can also pose a significant danger. In 2007, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) initiated the largest crib recall in U.S. history (they recalled more than one million Simplicity and Grasco cribs due to the deaths of at least three infants).
Many times products that are dangerous to children remain on the shelves. In 2009, the CPSC issued one of the largest recalls in history, recalling 50 million Roman shades and blinds due to the choking, strangulation, and suffocation hazards that they posed. Give our defective products lawyer a call today if your child has been injured.
Toys are supposed to be safe ways for children to have fun, but far too often toys have dangerous defects that can cause injury. In 2007, Mattel recalled 436,000 “Sarge” vehicles from its “CARS” line of toys due to the fact that they had been painted with lead paint.
Over 80% of all U.S. toys are made in China and not all of them get inspected (usually very few). Every year more than 200,000 children in the U.S. are treated in emergency rooms for toy related injuries. Other types of defective products that can cause child injury are defective trampolines and defective sports equipment.
School/Day Care Child Injuries
Whether it is in school or day care (or at a neighbor’s house), an injury due to the negligence or intentional misconduct of an adult can cause serious physical injury to a child. Most children,spend the majority of their days at school or day care.
Every day millions of Americans use day care while they work. If they breach their duty to your children by negligence, abuse, failing to supervise properly, or breaking safety regulations then you might have a cause of action against the day care provider. You should speak with an Alabama child injury lawyer to determine whether you might have a cause of action. Schools also have a duty to provide a safe environment for children and if an injury occurs at school due to the negligent supervision or intentional abuse of a teacher or other employee of the school then there may be a cause of action.
Playground Equipment & Drowning Injuries
Children can be injured while swimming in a neighbor’s pool or on a playground, and the injury could be due to negligent supervision, from a defective product on the playground, or from the owner of the pool being liable for the pool conditions.
Over 200,000 children under 14 are sent to emergency rooms each year for injuries on playgrounds and drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for boys under 14 in the U.S. These statistics show the importance of adult supervision of children at pools and playgrounds, but also a responsibility by the manufacturers of the products on these properties and the owners of these properties to ensure safe conditions for children to play.
If your child has been injured due to another’s negligence then give our Alabama child injury lawyers a call today to speak with us in our Montgomery, Birmingham, Anniston, or Huntsville office.