Our Michigan child injury lawyers are reporting child fall statistics found by safekids.org. According to safekids.org:
- Since 1999, an average of 100 children (ages 14 and under) have died from fall related injuries per year.
- In 2008, 91 children (ages 14 and under) died from unintentional falls.
- Each year since 2001, an average of over 2.3 million nonfatal fall-related injuries among children were reported.
- In 2009, almost 2.35 million children sustained nonfatal fall-related injuries
- Window falls account for about 8 fatalities and 3,300 injuries among children ages 5 and under each year.
Child Fall Prevention Safety Tips
The following items are tips given by safekids.org on how to prevent children, toddlers, and infants from perhaps life threating falls or serious injuries.
- Install window guards to prevent children from falling out of windows. For windows above the first floor, install window guards with an emergency release device in case of fire.
- Install window stops so that windows open no more than four inches.
- Keep windows locked and closed when they are not being used.
- Keep furniture away from windows so kids cannot climb to the ledge.
- If you have double-hung windows — the kind that can open down from the top as well as up from the bottom — it is generally safer to open the top pane, but growing kids may have enough strength, dexterity and curiosity to open the bottom pane.
- Do not rely on window screens to prevent falls.
- Keep windows locked when they are closed.
- Supervise children at all times, especially around open windows.
- Never try to move a child who appears to be seriously injured after a fall — call 911 and let trained medical personnel move the child with proper precautions.
- Avoid playgrounds with asphalt, concrete, grass, dirt and soil surfaces under the equipment. A fall onto a shock absorbing surface is less likely to cause a serious injury than a fall onto a hard surface.
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Statute of Limitations For Michigan Child injury Lawsuits
The statute of limitations for Michigan child injury cases varies from case to case. In Michigan, a lawsuit must be filed by the child's 19th birthday before the case is lost. This allows the child to make his/her own decisions after becoming a legal adult to file a lawsuit. If the case involves injuries to a younger child, it is usually not a good idea to wait that long to file a lawsuit due to the difficulty of finding witnesses and other evidence that is necessary to prove and win your case. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible even if you are only considering filing a lawsuit so that the claims are not later destroyed due to a missed deadline.
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Parents of injured children should contact the Michigan Child Injury Lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Our office will start working on your case immediately and begin gathering the witness statements and evidence to prove and win your case. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 or simply submit this contact form to speak with one of our experienced Michigan child injury lawyers.