If your child was injured as the result of an electrical burn, it may have been due to a defective product or the negligence of someone who was supervising the child. In those cases, it may be appropriate to speak with an experienced child injury attorney to find out what your options are, especially if you are facing exorbitant medical costs as a result.
The femur, or thighbone, is the biggest bone in the human body. Because it is the biggest it is also the strongest. A tremendous amount of force is requirement for the femur bone to fracture. That is why these bones rarely break. High impact car accidents or falls on a hard surface from high above the ground are capable of generating enough force to break the human body’s strongest bone. 3 out of every 10,000 people under the age of 25 will experience a femur fracture every year.
A broken clavicle causes significant pain to the affected area and makes it difficult to move the arm and shoulder. Often times the skin around the collarbone will be swollen, tender and bruised. A popping or crackling noise can result when attempting to raise your hand. A bulge, bump or some other deformity will exist above the clavicle. This is the displaced bone. A compound fracture could cause the bone to pierce the skin. A clavicle fracture will also cause the shoulder to sag.
Five percent of all fractures involve the proximal humerus. People sixty-five years and older sustain more proximal humerus fractures than any other kind of fracture except for hip and wrist fractures. The top of the humerus is also known as the humeral head. The humeral head connects with the shoulder blade to form the shoulder joint.
A contact burn is typically the result of a child’s skin having direct contact with a hot object such as a curling iron, cigarette lighter, fireplace, grill, kitchen instrument, candle or other hot object or flame. These burns–often second-degree burns–can be the result of accidents. They can result from leaving hot objects within a child’s reach or because of defective products produced without appropriate warning labels. They can even result from placing a child in a car seat or safety belt that has been exposed to the sun for too long.
Even though people of all ages can suffer injuries from mercury poisoning, this metal is especially harmful to unborn children, infants and very young children. This is because the toxins in mercury usually affect the brain and nervous system, which are developing during these time periods of human growth and development. Mercury poisoning can pass from a pregnant mother to the fetus, causing irreversible damage.
Bedroom and nurseries are filled with hidden dangers. Any person, facility or business that has been entrusted with the child’s care and safety may be found responsible for not taking measures to prevent child accidents. If your child suffered a fatality or injury because of a careless or negligent caregiver then you may be able to seek compensation for the injuries that could have easily been avoided if proper care and attention had been exercised.
Many materials contain carbon including gasoline, propane, coal, kerosene, and wood. When these materials burn they release Carbon monoxide in a gas. When carbon monoxide is inhaled, it replaces the oxygen that is in the blood; it also keeps oxygen from flowing to vital organs such as the brain and heart, among others.
Manufacturers across industries use and produce chemicals that can be harmful to humans – especially children – if ingested or used improperly in any way. Toxic exposure to paint, varnish and paint thinner by a child occurs when the victim comes into contact with dangerous chemicals and is injured. Studies show that more than 75,000 chemicals are presently registered with the nation’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Only a fraction of these thousands of chemicals have undergone appropriate testing to assess whether or not they pose any medical risk to human health.
Exposure to lead can occur in numerous ways including, lead paint poisoning. Generally this occurs when a child ingests leaded paint chips or breathes in air or dust contaminated with lead. Lead poisoning causes nausea, anemia and stomach aches – but these symptoms are often only displayed when very high levels of lead are present. For this reason, it is essential that all children be tested for lead poisoning.
According to the American Burn Association, chemical burns account for three percent of all burn center admissions. The biggest risk factor is a child’s easy access to these chemicals in the home. Children can swallow toxic substances, like drain cleaner or laundry detergent, or spill bleach on their skin. Chemical burns which occur in the eyes or to the mouth require immediate medical attention. In some instances exposure to certain chemicals, such as hydrofluoric acid, may not cause immediate pain to your child. A slow, deep pain develops with hydrofluoric acid.
If your child is the victim of fertilizer and pesticides poisoning, your family may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries suffered. If the injury is the result of another’s negligence, you have the right to go after them in court and make the party be held responsible. The knowledgeable attorneys at The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan can help make your family whole again, whether the accident was a result of child fertilizer and pesticide poisoning or any other type of injury.
An article published by the Scientific American reports that rat and mouse poison endangers as many as 10,000 children every year in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), according to the article, has known for decades that access to these super-toxic poisons is too easy for children.
Statistics show that 79 percent of all victims who receive medical treatment for poisoning are children; most of these children are under the age of five. Generally, many of these dangerous and sometimes deadly accidents could have been avoided if proper child supervision – as well as correct warning labels – were in place at the time of the incident.
Poisoning accidents lead to serious physical injury that may result in temporary and/or permanent disabilities. In the worst of cases, these accidents lead to a tragic death. Poisoning occurs when a company improperly mishandles a product or – in the case of child antifreeze and windshield washer fluid poisoning – if dangerous chemicals are improperly marked and then consumed by children. This may also occur if the poisonous substances are not properly managed or stored by a business or property owner.
According to a report issued by Safe Kids Worldwide, nearly 60,000 children in the United States are accidentally poisoned by prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Nearly every minute of every day, there is a poison control center in the U.S. receiving a call about a child who ingested prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
Every day, children are burned by hot water or food. These incidents send young children to the emergency room on a regular basis. The biggest culprits are typically hot foods—sometimes still on the stove—as well as hot bath water and spilled drinks, such as hot coffee. Children can suffer from first, second, or third degree burns as a result of coming into contact with hot foods and liquids.
Today, burns and scalds are a major cause of serious injury for young children. These burns can require hospitalization and can involve years of treatments and even permanent disfigurement, depending upon their severity. In addition, depending upon the severity and location of the burn, they can also, in the worst circumstances, lead to death.
Consumer products should be entertaining and educating but should adhere to reasonable product safety standards. Child caretakers and supervisors must operate within the professionally developed and prudent guidelines, standards and laws that allow for an environment that will both protect the child and allow him or her to experience life and continue to grow and develop.
When a parent leaves a child at a daycare facility they expect their child will be kept safe. Because of their young age, many children in daycare require constant and individual attention on a regular basis. Studies have found that thousands of young children suffer from a daycare injury each year in the United States.
Daycares must maintain, or have access to, an outdoor play area of at least 75 square feet per child who is outside at any one time. The use zones under and around swings, slides, and climbing structures must be covered with an adequate depth of an impact absorbing material, in accordance with EEC policy. Pea gravel and wood chip nuggets must not be used in areas used by infants and toddlers.
Day care sexual abuse cases can be complicated, posing unique challenges to the families of victims – known as the plaintiffs – seeking justice from our court system. Generally, day care sexual abuse cases involve multiple victims and may also include the use of threats to prevent disclosure of the abuse. Even if threats are not present in the case, young children who attend day care are either reluctant to talk about what happened because of guilt, shame or fear. Often times these children do not understand that what happened was wrong. A day care can be held liable on a number of negligence theories, depending on the facts of the case.
Most parents assume that the caregiver they entrust with their child’s safety and well-being will properly care for their child. Unfortunately, accidents happen when negligent child caregivers fail to properly supervise children. Although this negligence can not be undone, a grieving parent may be able to the hold the negligent party responsible.