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What are Common Dangers in Apartment Complexes, Hotels, and Motels for Children? (Windows)

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Seattle Washington and other cities throughout the United States, there is a common danger in many apartment complexes, hotels, and motels. An unsecured window can present a great danger to children of all ages and sizes. A thin screen is typically insufficient to serve as a safety device. This is evident by the thousands of injuries that take place every year resulting from falls from unsecured window areas. A tragic incident was recently reported in Seattle Washington in which a 2 year old child fell from a third story window in an apartment building operated by the Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services. You can read more about this story at 2 Year Old Suffers Fatal Personal Injuries From Fall Out of Third Floor Window.

Child safety advocates believe that public awareness of this issue combined with safety devices can go a long way to preventing these injuries. The thousands upon thousands of injuries to children should be a wake up call to building owners, operators, managers, and residents to take action to protect children. While a screen may look sturdy, it typically cannot withstand the weight or force of even a small children. Do not leave things to chance and put children in harm’s way.

When a child is injured or dies as a result of the negligence of others, insurance claims and litigation can be quite daunting for the parents dealing with the aftermath of the incident. There are bills to pay and other pressures for parents to deal with. Furthermore, navigating through laws and regulations can be quite complicated and confusing. A Child Injury Lawyer can help direct and guide a parent through the process necessasry to secure fair and reasonable compensation for the injured child and / or the parents of the injured child.

The book – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Homeowner’s Insurance, Shopping Center Injuries, Playground Injuries, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.