School is out for the summer here in Boca Raton, and even though Florida field trips and day camps are a huge part of outdoor summer fun, they also provide the most common dangers for children. Child injuries peak during the summer months in Florida. If your child has had an injury, instead of taking on the legal issues by yourself, your best course of action is to contact the experience child injury lawyers at Brotman, Nusbaum, and Ibrahim (BNI). Our team of Boca Raton-based child advocates consists of accident attorneys renowned for achieving desirable results in child injury litigation lawsuits. You cannot put a price on the value of protecting our children.
This is a fact: successful claims require experienced representation. From a lawyer’s standpoint, child injuries can involve many areas of law, including car accidents, product and premises liability, negligence on the part of businesses like daycare centers, school districts, public parks, swimming pools or even your next-door neighbor. In addition, because children require specialized medical care in the event of an injury and because long-term conditions will affect a child for more years than an adult, payouts for successful child personal injury claims are known to be larger than others. At Brotman, Nusbaum, and Ibrahim (BNI), we want to see your child be given the best possible medical treatment for his or her injuries in order to ensure that they recover quickly and fully.
Negligence plays a large part in child injury lawsuits. Negligence resulting in child injuries can come in many forms, from lack of supervision to substandard equipment, improper surfaces, and much more. Negligence can occur at an outdoor play set, or in a public area such as a park, cruise ship or vacation resort, school or beach playground. When it comes to child injuries and lawsuits, prevention is the key. Parents and caretakers alike should know some of the risks in summer activities and signs of safety hazards.
Children’s Playgrounds and Outdoor Play Areas in Boca Raton
As parents, we all want to trust that our playgrounds are safe and that the equipment is maintained properly. We have reason to be even more concerned as researchers have found a connection between playground accidents and a rise in traumatic brain injuries. Knowing the risks for child injuries in playgrounds means participating in their safety by insisting that those who regulate the play area post signage outlining age-appropriateness for equipment and designated areas of play, limit the number of children on a piece of equipment or in a designated area, and enforce the implementation of proper ground surfaces. As parents and guardians, we can educate children on how to play safely on the equipment- instilling proper play manners in children (such as no pushing, shoving or trampling), look for broken pieces of glass or trash in the play area, and check the playground equipment itself for sharp edges or broken pieces.
Swimming Pools and Child Drowning in Boca Raton
A swimming pool can be a great place for fun and exercise, but for children of all ages, it also presents many child injury and accident risks. Drowning is a serious problem this time of year as well. They more frequently occur in backyard pools and landscape pools and beaches, but can also happen in just inches of water. Parents should always practice “touch supervision” – meaning be close enough to reach out to your child at any time. Experts also strongly encourage parents to get certified in CPR and to always make sure their child is wearing an approved flotation device such as a life vest. Other things to check for at pools are:
- Lack of gates or proper fencing- allows children to enter unsafe areas and injure themselves
- Inadequate signage leading to possible diving injury
- Slippery conditions cause a slip and fall accidents
- Lack of proper lifeguards led to drowning
Florida Summer Camps
Although most summer camps have been around for a long time, as a parent, doing your homework and investigating the camp thoroughly before you enroll your child could make all the difference between a fun summer camp trip and one that ends in injury or tragedy. With large groups of children playing together, accidents and injuries are common at summer camps. While some accidents are unavoidable, it’s important that you know the camp has a responsibility to provide a safe environment. It is their duty to provide proper supervision, ensure activities are age-appropriate, properly train staff in safety instruction, and ensure the campgrounds and equipment are well-maintained. Make sure you have listed any conditions or special needs that your child may have. Lastly, if you sign a waiver that releases the camp from liability, you may want to read the fine print and consult with your attorney before signing on the dotted line.
Believe it or not, burns are in the top five of child injuries. Older kids come in with ‘flash burns,’ which can result from direct contact with fire, such as campfires or fireworks. While younger children often suffer from ‘scald burns,’ which result from contact with heat such as pulling very hot food off the counter, or water burns. To help prevent these injuries, children must be supervised when using fireworks, being around a campsite, or even at a barbecue.
Child Bike Injuries
Nearly 400,000 children are treated in emergency rooms across the country every year for bicycle-related injuries. Head injuries are the most serious, and are the top causes of death in this group. Children wearing bicycle helmets is critical, as well as learning to use hand signals, how to walk the bicycle across busy streets and intersections, and parents should make sure the seat and handlebars fit their child.
Child Injury Lawyers in Boca Raton: Brotman, Nusbaum, and Ibrahim
If your child has been injured in Boca Raton at school, at camp, on a playground, beach, or even at the home of another parent, your best immediate course of action is to seek the advice of a Brotman, Nusbaum, and Ibrahim (BNI) attorney who specializes in child injuries. If you suspect negligence or a product defect has played a part in jeopardizing the safety of your child and may be a hazard in the current situation, you will absolutely want to seek expert advice before you proceed with any course of actions. Having decades in combined experience in child injury law, our personal injury law firm has seen a broad range of tragic injuries involving Boca Raton children. As attorneys and parents ourselves, we fully understand the pain, anger and worry you’re feeling if your child was hurt due to another person’s negligence, recklessness or violence. Injuries to children can involve complex medical issues, emotional, physical, or psychological scarring that, and in some situations, it can involve a tragic accident, a serious injury or even death of a child. The experienced lawyers at Brotman, Nusbaum, and Ibrahim are capable of handling both the medical, legal, and emotional complexities of dealing with child injuries.