Articles Posted in Slip & Fall Injuries

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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It has been reported that approximately 8000 children are seen and treated in emergency rooms every day.  That is a truly significant statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  When a child is injured as a result of a fall at a day care center, school, or summer camp, is there a cause of action, claim, or case that can be pursued?  The answer to this question is not so simple.  It really depends on the facts and circumstances.  A child care provider is not liabile every time that a child is injured as a result of a fall or another incident.  There are inherent risks any time that a child engages in physical activity.  For instance, a child could trip running to first base.  This can happen.  A child could fall while playing on the playground.  This also could happen.  However, if a child care provider was negligent and the injury was preventable, that is another story.  Let’s say children are playing on swings and create a game in which the child wins if he or she jumps the furthest from the swing in mid air.   This game goes on for 45 minutes when a boy jumps off the swing high and far and breaks his leg.  This was a dangerous activity for the group of 7 years old.  Appropriate and reasonable supervision would have prevented the game from moving forward and the incident and resulting injuries would have been avoided.  Here are some factors to consider in evaluating a fall incident as a potential case:
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By David Wolf, Attorney
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Many parents seem to be unaware of the substantial number of personal injuries children sustained in their own home. Children are naturally hyper and, as a result, like to run, leap, climb and jump all over the house. A number of these household injuries send children to the emergency rooms. One of the most common injuries occur from children jumping on beds. Although, “no jumping on the beds” is a common household rule, many parents do not realize that child personal injuries also occur from children engaging in other playful activities. For example, many children hit their heads on dressers or nightstands because they were jumping or leaping around the furniture. Children sustain serious lacerations to their head or other parts of their bodies that require medical attention. Another common youth personal injury seen by doctors is hematomas – a collection of blood between the outside of the bone and skin (nicknamed as an “egg” by most doctors). Television sets are another major contributor to childhood personal injuries. Televisions are getting bigger and bigger and are toppling over on children more frequently. In fact, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates over 14,000 emergency room visits by children ages 5 and younger caused by TV injuries. Finally, a common personal injury seen in older children are serious head injuries that are the result of them falling from book shelves or other climbable objects. These types of falls can cause “closed head injuries” which mean bleeding internally and around the brain. The key to keeping your child out of harm’s way in your home is constant supervision – endless, incessant, tireless supervision! If you would like to read more on this topic please see Common household injuries – Things parents need to know.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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window.jpgAccording to the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina, a five-year-old child sustained significant head injuries after the child fell from a second-story window in the Haven Oaks Apartments. Apparently, the child was trying to close the window when the fall occurred. Officials said the child sustained a head injury from the fall and was found bleeding from the nose and mouth. The child was taken to the hospital. If you would like to read more on this story please see Child falls from second-story window, sustains head injury.

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By Thomas Hastings, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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scissor%20lift.jpgRev. John Jenkins, President of Notre Dame University, has recently admitted responsibility in the tragic death of Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old student videographer at the university. Sullivan was killed when a hydraulic lift he was on toppled over while he was filming an outdoor football practice. The National Weather Service reported gusts up to 51 mph on the day the incident occurred.

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By Mark Freedman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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barn.jpgA 3-year-old child was injured in Montcalm County, Michigan after falling in the child’s family barn. According to officers, the child was playing inside the barn when he feel 8 to 10 feet onto a cement floor. According to police, the 3-year-old sustained a serious head injury. The young boy was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is listed in serious condition. Deputies have ruled this incident an accident. If you would like to read more on this story please see 3-year-old falls from family barn sustains serious head injury.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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Stadium.jpgA mother’s piercing screams brought the Washington state high school wrestling championships to a sudden halt in Tacoma recently. The woman’s seventeen month old child had just slipped through a gap in the bleachers at the Tacoma Dome, and had fallen twenty to thirty feet to the concrete below.

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By James Bailey, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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State%20Map%20Delaware.jpgThe Center for Disease Control and Prevention collects and publishes data regarding child injuries and deaths for Delaware as well as other States. According to the CDC, transportation related injuries had the highest death rate among children ranging in age from 0 to 19 years old in Delaware. It is tragic when a child dies. Other categories reported by the CDC were drownings, falls, fire/burns, poisoning, and accidental suffocation. Co-sleeping arrangements can, in some cases, cause suffocation related death or injurires to children. See Infants in Wisconsin and Other States at Risks for Personal Injuries and Accidental Death When Co-Sleeping with Parents or Others.

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In Pleasanton, California, a 3 year old boy fell out of a hotel window from the third floor. A fall from this height can result in serious personal injuries, head / brain trauma and damage, and, in some cases, wrongful death. Fortunately, the child’s fall was cushioned by a screen and a hedge. The child had leaned on the screen attached to the window prior to the fall. The child was taken to Children’s Hospital for treatment and evaluation. The fact that this child only suffered minor injuries is a minor miracle. This story shows the importance of safety precautions and supervision when a child is staying in a hotel or any building with windows that open or are accessible to children. You can read more about this story at Boy Falls from Hotel Window in California Suffering Minor Injuries.

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By Will Brown, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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slip%20and%20fall%20hiking%20boot%20bottom.jpgIn Ohio and other States, children and students enjoy the amenities and sites of state and national parks every day. Unfortunately, many students and children are injured in these parks. Some even die. In Cambridge, Ohio, a college student (Amy Adams) from Muskingum College recently died. She was hiking at a park in eastern Ohio when she fell from a cliff at Hosak’s Cave. She was air lifted to Akron General Hospital where she died. Park officials state that Amy wandered off of a marked trail to get to the top of the cliff.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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bounce%20house%20castle%20safety.jpgParents, schools, and organizations rent bounce houses every day. Yes, bounce houses can be fun but they can also be dangerous. Bounce houses are known to be a common area where personal injuries to children take place. When renting a bounce house, parents, schools, and organizations should be careful in which company / operator is selected. The following issues / questions should be considered: