Children are curious and constantly learning about the world around them. Kids fall all the time, and most of the time they bounce right back.
But occasionally, a fall will result in a serious injury. The unfortunate truth is that many of these accidents could have been prevented with proper and attentive supervision - or the maintenance of safe property conditions.
Preventing children from dangerous falls is a matter of understanding what measures to take in protecting them against potential dangers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend:
- Childproofing: For small children who cannot yet safely navigate stairs, a gate should block accessibility. Other areas that should be secured include windows and indoor stair balconies.
- Use safety gear: For children who play sports, investing in appropriate safety gear is crucial to preventing injury in a fall. Helmets, padding and guards are all valuable things to buy depending on the sport.
- Encourage safety: One of the best things parents can do is provide children with a safe place to play. Encourage them to play safely and use playground equipment for its intended purpose.
- Supervision: With vigilant supervision at home and in public, parents and designated caregivers can be aware of their surroundings and recognize potential threats ahead of danger.
Falls are the principal cause of non-fatal wounds for children between the ages of zero and 19.
When a fall (and subsequent injury) is the result of dangerous property conditions, the victim may be eligible for compensation. Property owners have a responsibility to maintain safe property conditions. When they fail to do so - by failing to fix broken stairs or railings, for example - they can be held accountable.
If your child has been injured in an accident, you deserve to learn about your legal options. Schedule a free consultation with an attorney from Cutter Law P.C., by calling 888-285-3333.