New York City Child Injury Attorneys
If Your Child Has Been Injured, Our Dedicated Child Injury Attorneys Can Help
If your child has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, your claim will proceed in a manner that is nearly identical to a personal injury claim involving an adult. There are, however, a few important distinctions. For example, your child doesn’t have the ability to protect himself or herself from the negligence of others the way adults do – neither does your child have the mature voice necessary to seek the compensation to which he or she is entitled.
In fact, because the claim involves your child, it requires the kind of special handling that the accomplished NYC child injury attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman are committed to providing. Claims involving children often include unique issues that make the situation that much more complicated.
If an avoidable accident leaves your child injured, one of our New York City children’s injury lawyers is standing by to help. We are here to help, so please don’t wait to discuss your concerns with a member of our well-respected legal team.
Schools, Daycares, and Playgrounds
Children are often injured while at school or in daycare. These injuries can be the result of poorly maintained premises or otherwise unsafe conditions that lead to trip and falls or other premises-based injuries. Dangerously designed playground equipment, faultily manufactured playground equipment, and/or poorly maintained playgrounds can also contribute to or directly cause serious child injuries.
Additionally, when the staff and teachers who are responsible for keeping children safe in our schools, daycares, and playgrounds are negligent or abusive, it can result in serious harm to children in their care. While you might never imagine that a teacher or care provider would injure your child, it can happen due to neglect or abuse.
Although the school bus that transports your child back and forth from school is – overall – a safe option, school bus accidents do happen, and they are often very serious. Children are most vulnerable to injuries when they are entering and exiting the bus itself, and bus drivers who fail to remain fully alert during boarding put their passengers at unnecessary risk.
Pursuing any kind of personal injury claim is complicated, but when the case involves a public school district, it adds an additional layer of complexity that requires the professional legal counsel of an experienced NYC child injury attorney. Our child injury attorneys will help you overcome the degree of immunity such entities are afforded and will help you get to the heart of the district’s liability.
Defective or Dangerous Toys
Toy manufacturers make toys specifically for children, and they profit from this endeavor. Unfortunately, however, toy manufacturers are famous for cutting safety corners and for regularly making the news regarding toy recalls that pose serious dangers for children. Often these recalls are predicated on dangers like the following:
- Toys that are dangerously designed and include small parts that can fall off or pose a choking hazard
- Toys that are rendered faulty in the manufacturing process
- Children’s sleepwear that constitutes a flammability risk
- Toys that have dangerously sharp parts
- Toys that contain dangerous lead-based paint
- Toys that do not include adequate warnings regarding age appropriateness and/or safety instructions
While adults are expected to exert reasonable prudence when using consumer products, children are incapable of doing so, which makes defective toys that much more dangerous.
Small children are especially vulnerable to heavy furniture that can fall or collapse on them, and because children are prone to climbing, this is a very real danger. Some of the worst culprits include dressers and chests of drawers, which tend to be tall and narrow – and therefore less stable. These pieces of furniture become even more tip-prone when top drawers are pulled open (this is common in the course of children’s climbing adventures). When not attached to the wall by brackets, furniture that is prone to tipping can pose a real danger to children and should come with appropriate hardware and warnings from the manufacturer.
Swimming Pools, Jacuzzis, and Trampolines
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 700 children under the age of 14 drown every year in pools and Jacuzzis across the United States, and thousands more children suffer serious pool-related injuries. Pools and Jacuzzis that don’t have adequate fencing to prevent unattended children from wandering in are especially dangerous.
Ultimately, the attractive nuisance doctrine may apply, which holds a landowner liable for child injuries in situations in which he or she knew or should have known that an attraction such as a pool, Jacuzzi, or trampoline posed a danger to young children – and when the extra effort to eliminate such a danger was slight in comparison to the risk posed.
When the public entity, private company, or homeowner involved fails to adhere to the necessary safety standards, dangerous accidents can ensue, but the formidable child injury attorneys at our firm are well-positioned to take on the at-fault party and to advocate unfailingly for your child’s rights and rightful compensation.
It’s important to add a side note here about trampoline accidents and injuries. While trampolines don’t have the same dangerous reputation that pools do, their accident and injury rates are actually very similar to those of swimming pools and Jacuzzis.
Learning to ride a bicycle is a rite of passage for most children. Falling off one’s bike, however, is often the least of a child’s worries. The risk of being struck by a passing vehicle is a far more significant concern that typically leads to far more serious injuries. If a negligent motorist causes your child to be injured in a bike accident, that driver should be held responsible for your child’s physical, financial, and emotional damages – both current and ongoing.
Sports are physical endeavors that naturally carry some inherent danger. This is especially true of contact sports like football and soccer. Children are, nevertheless, entitled to a reasonable degree of safety on the field. When school and extracurricular athletic contests aren’t guided by safety rules, regulations, and restrictions that are implemented and enforced by the officials in charge, the youthful participants can pay a high price in the form of serious injuries, including concussions (and other forms of traumatic brain injuries), broken bones, and more.
Dog bites are another serious concern when it comes to child injuries. New York’s dog bite laws are nothing if not complicated, but practiced child injury attorneys have the experience, fortitude, and legal insight to help prove a negligent dog owner’s liability.
A Dedicated NYC Child Injury Attorney Can Help
Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman in NYC has the experience to successfully represent injured children in personal injury claims. For more information about how we can help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule your free consultation today.