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We trust that when we send our child to school, the teachers, administrators, coaches and other staff are going to do all they can to ensure the safety of our youth. In fact, they have a legal duty to do so. schoolbuswithchild

When that does not happen, it may be possible to hold the school district liable for damages.

Such was the case in Smith v. Leake County School District, a matter recently before the Mississippi Supreme Court. While the lower courts had granted the school district governmental immunity after finding the protection of a bullied student was a discretionary function, the state high court reversed, finding it is actually a ministerial one.  Continue reading

Our children are some of the most vulnerable to unintentional injuries.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the top causes of injury and death to children include burns, drowning, falls, poisoning, and traffic accidents.

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On average, more than 12,000 children under the age of 19 die each year in the United States from an unintentional injury.  In addition to these fatalities, more than 9 million are treated in emergency rooms for these accidents.  The truth of the matter is that many can be prevented with the help of parents and guardians.

Every parent wants to protect their children from harm and to keep them safe. We don’t want children to suffer any pain, whether it’s from a common cold or broken bone.  Our child injury attorneys in Fort Lauderdale understand that it takes only a moment to lose your life due to an injury, but it also only takes a moment to practice safety and prevention.  Don’t overlook preventable risks.

More than 9,000 children under the age of 3 visit the emergency room each year as a result of falls, pinches, cuts and other high chair-related injuries.  That’s one injury each hour.  According to a recent study posted in the journal of Clinical Pediatrics, researchers have concluded that parents aren’t properly using, or using at all, child safety restraints to protect their children.  Researchers also found that chairs aren’t meeting current safety standards, according to Daily News.

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And the number of injuries is on the rise.  According to recent data, there has been an increase in the number of E.R. visits resulting from high chair-related injuries by more than 20 percent from 2003 to 2010.  The researchers found that high chair/booster chair injuries rose from 8,926 in 2003 to 10,930 in 2010.

Our Fort Myers child injury attorneys understand that 90 percent of these high chair-related accidents affect a child’s face and head.  Less than 3 percent of the injuries were deemed minor and didn’t require hospital admission.  While officials have not yet been able to pinpoint the drivers in the increase in accidents, a deeper look into the accident reports indicates that, in many cases, the high chairs’ safety features did not appear to have been used by parents or guardians. So children were allowed to slide or stand in the chairs, then fall or jump from them.  It was not very often that reports indicated that restraints or straps were used.

One of the biggest concerns with the holiday season and with toy safety is eye injuries.  According to PreventBlindness.org, American children sustain far too many eye injuries each and every year because of toys.  As a matter of fact, there are thousands of children under the age of 14 who suffer serious eye injuries, and even blindness, from toys.

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Our West Palm child injury attorneys recommend three key tips to remember when purchasing a new child’s toy  for the holiday season.  You want to make sure you’re purchasing a toy that is meant for their age.  You want to make sure that you show them how to use it properly before turning it over to them and you also want to make sure children remain age-appropriate and have proper supervision.

Still, manufacturers continue to share liability for these injures, as dangerous and deadly toys continue to make it onto the market. Before you head to the store and pick out that “perfect” present, make sure review toy recall lists. Once a selection is made, be sure that you read all of the warning labels and instructions on the box or tag.  Ask yourself if the toy is right for your child.  Do the requirements meet their age?  Does it meet their abilities and interests?  You’re going to want to stay away from toys that have rigid or sharp points, rods, spikes or dangerous edges.

Everyone loves to get outside and get a little fresh air.  And many of us like to take our children with us — to the playground.  But playground injuries in Broward are a significant source of emergency room visits among children.

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According to the U.S. Safety Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are plenty of injury risks on the playground, including burns, strangulation and falls.  Each year, more than 200,000 children go to U.S. hospital emergency rooms with injuries associated with playground equipment. Most injuries occur when a child falls from the equipment onto the ground.  The CPSC estimates that 205,860 children receive emergency department care for injuries that occurred on playground equipment.

Our Boca Raton injury attorneys understand that these kinds of accidents are most likely to happen on public playground equipment.  And most of them involve fall or equipment failure.  About 15 percent of the injuries were classified as severe, with close to 5 percent requiring hospitalization.  It’s important for parents to make sure that faulty equipment, improper surfaces and careless behavior don’t ruin the fun.

Child Athletes and Risks for Serious Injuries this Season With school back in session, it’s also time to lace up those cleats and get back on the field.  With the game on, our young athletes are facing some serious risks for accidents and injuries.  According to SafeKids.org, there are more than 1.3 million children who landed in an emergency room in 2012 because of a sports-related injury.

Our Boca Raton child injury lawyers understand that the most common injuries happen to the ankle (15 percent). But serious accidents, such as those involving the head, follow  a close second (14%).  When you figure that there is a child that winds up in the emergency room every three minutes you can start to see the severity of the problem.  And that bump to the head might be a little more serious that you thought.  As a matter of fact, more than 45 percent of sports-related concussions involve children ages 12 to 15.  It’s this age group that takes longer to recover from a concussion that older children and adults.

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Defective Toys a Common Risk for Toddlers  A popular toy company is recalling more than 400,000 baby jumpers after receiving more than 60 injury reports.  According to ABC News, the Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers, by Kids II, is being recalled because the plastic sun that’s attached by a bendy base can snap back and cause serious injuries to children, as cuts, bruises and even a skull fracture have been reported.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), this recall includes Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers with model number 90564.  These items were sold at Toys R Us, Target and other stores across the nation from May of 2010 through May of 2013.  If you have one of these items, you’re asked to stop using it immediately and contact the company by calling (877) 325-7056 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.kidsii.com.

Our Boca Raton defective products lawyers understand that this isn’t the only recently recalled child item.  Unfortunately, these kinds of defects are discovered each and every day – defects that can serious injure or kill our youngest family members.  That’s why it’s our responsibility as adults to stay up to date with these latest recalls.

Keeping Children Safe on their Commute to School It’s that time of year again.  That time when our children suit up and head back to the classroom.  Unfortunately, this is also a time when we see some serious risks for pedestrian and bicycle accidents – especially during the first month of school.

There are millions of students who walk or ride their bike to school or to the bus stop.

Our Boca Raton child injury lawyers understand that parents can’t hold their child’s hand all the way to school each and every day.  That’s why it’s important that we’re teaching them the safest ways to get to and from the classroom.  Their knowledge of safe traveling could save their life one day.

June 11, 2013

For fans, athletes, and parents summer means the season of baseball. This baseball season parents, coaches and athletes should be aware of the potential dangers of baseball injuries. Every year, head injuries in baseball send hundreds players to the emergency room. In a number of these cases, head trauma is permanent and severe. Whether on the sidelines or in the outfield it is important to know proper safety protocols to prevent head injuries.

Many head injuries are caused by balls to the head or face. Equipment, awareness, and proper training can help to prevent these injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a number of guidelines for players, families, coaches and athletic organizations to prepare for this season. Our Fort Lauderdale child injury attorneys are dedicated to helping our community achieve baseball safety goals this summer.

For fans, athletes, and parents summer means the season of baseball. This baseball season parents, coaches and athletes should be aware of the potential dangers of baseball injuries. Every year, head injuries in baseball send hundreds players to the emergency room. In a number of these cases, head trauma is permanent and severe. Whether on the sidelines or in the outfield it is important to know proper safety protocols to prevent head injuries.

Many head injuries are caused by balls to the head or face. Equipment, awareness, and proper training can help to prevent these injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a number of guidelines for players, families, coaches and athletic organizations to prepare for this season. Our Fort Lauderdale child injury attorneys are dedicated to helping our community achieve baseball safety goals this summer.

1) Helmet sizing. Proper equipment is critical to preventing head injury. Players should know what equipment is necessary and should always be wearing appropriate head gear, even in the dugout. Helmets should be properly sized for athletes. To size a helmet, you can use a soft tape measure or use string and a ruler. Helmet companies may have varying sizes so it is important to do a fitting before it is used on the field. There should be no spaces between padding and the player’s head.

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