Our Michigan child fall injury lawyers represent parents and their children who suffer injuries due to a fall-related accident. This can include baby walker falls, window falls, playground falls, and more. Falls are in fact associated with a child’s curiosity and for that reason alone, children ages ten and under are at the greatest risk of fall-related death and injury. In fact, children ages 14 and under, make up a third of all fall-related visits to hospitals and emergency rooms per year and over half of all nonfatal injuries to children are in some way related to falling.
Head injuries are usually the cause of deaths and severe injuries after a fall, with the severity of the injury being determined by the distance the child falls as well as the landing surface.
According to National SAFE KIDS Campaign, in 2001, 121 children under the age of 14 died from unintentional falls, with children under the age of 4 accounting for 45% of those deaths. In addition, in 2002, more than 2.3 million children (ages 14 and under) were treated in hospital emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. Children, ages 5 and under, accounted for almost half of those injuries.
Other fall injury statistics include:
- Children ages ten and under are injured from falls at a rate of about double than that of the total population – preschoolers are at the greatest risk.
- Males are more than twice as likely as females to die from fall-related injuries.
- Children with disabilities who are minimally mobile may be at increased risk of falling.
- Children in wheelchairs, regardless of cognitive ability, are at risk from wheelchair tips and falls - falls are the most commonly reported injury among wheelchair users.
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.
If your child sustains a fall-related injury or is killed due to a fall accident, contact a lawyer immediately to learn your rights. The experienced attorneys of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent our injured clients under our NO FEE promise. Call our office today at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our top rated Michigan child injury lawyers. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to win and settle your case.