Children Injury Lawyers: Long Term Effects of a Torn A.C.L Injury

My son Nory loves to play soccer. Every day he practices and plays at his high school, on the weekends at a park in Coconut Grove- and much to the dismay of his mother- throughout our house. At times he seems to have a soccer ball attached to his foot. But as a father and a lawyer who focuses on representing injured children; I worry about him getting hurt while playing. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), fall injuries are the most common types of children’s injuries in our country. Fall down accidents and injuries occur when a child slips and falls or trips and falls and sustains a serious injury. Every day over 8,000 children aged 0-19 are treated for fall down injuries in U.S. emergency rooms- this translates to nearly 3 million children a year. As children’s injury lawyers in Miami, we believe that most fall down injuries can be prevented- and parents, teachers, coaches, and supervisors have a key role in protecting children and avoiding injuries.   Common Injuries From “Fall Down” Accidents The most common children’s injury from a fall down accident is a torn anterior cruciate ligament or A.C.L. These injuries can especially occur when kids are playing soccer either at organized games and practices at schools or just pick up games at the local park. An A.C.L. injury is debilitating and requires an orthopedic surgeon to evaluate and often operate to repair them. If surgery is required, these kids will miss a considerable amount of time from school and the rest of the season. In fact, a paper, soon to be...

Can I Get Sued For A Child Injury If They Trespass on My Property?

The house I grew up in is located in Wichita, Kansas. In the 1970s, when I lived there, It was a large house, on a large piece of land, surrounded by other large houses on large pieces of land. Today, it abuts a freeway that cuts through Wichita; and virtually every surrounding house is gone. The home was built and owned by one of the founders of Wichita’s newspapers and featured a lot of very unusual architectural and designs. As a kid, it was a wonderland. It had a large fort for me to play in and a full sized dollhouse for my sister. And the backyard had an array of professional quality merry go rounds, horizontal monkey bars and still rings that were probably designed, built and installed in the 1950s. And since this was Wichita in the early 1970s, we would often look out our windows and find complete strangers in our backyard swinging and playing on these contraptions. Today, I am a personal injury lawyer practicing in Miami specializing in child injury cases– and I often think about just how dangerous our little playground was, not just for those who trespassed into our backyard, by simply opening the unlocked fence, but for my parents who could have been easily sued if someone ever got hurt (nobody was hurt as far as I remember) under the doctrine of Attractive Nuisance. Am I Responsible For A Child’s Injury on My Property if They Trespassed? According to Florida statute §768.075 property owners in Florida- generally, do not have a duty to warn undiscovered trespassers of dangers on their property....

The Dangers of Child Trampoline Injuries

When I was a kid I used to love jumping on trampolines. And for a while our son, Nory, while he was in middle school, would spend hours and hours in our backyard- jumping away. I knew back then, that trampolines could be dangerous for adults- but never truly appreciated just how dangerous they are–especially for children.   According to data released by the Cleveland Clinic from 2002 to 2011, trampoline injuries contributed to more than 1 million ER visits in the United States alone. And as the weather is changing more parents will look for indoor activities to occupy their children- such as trampoline parks which are opening around the country. I fear that this will only increase the number of trampolines related children’s injuries. As a lawyer who represents both children and adults in personal injury cases- I am eager to report that expert pediatricians from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have agreed that trampolines are too dangerous and inappropriate for use by children, and should only be used under supervised athletic training like diving or gymnastics. Trampoline injuries include broken and fractured bones, head, neck and spinal injuries and permanent traumatic brain injuries. Small children are at the biggest risk- 14 times more likely than bigger children- especially when sharing a trampoline with other kids who may be jumping at the same time. This is due in part of the soft nature of the bones of growing children which can easily break and can cause permanent growth issues which might lead to deformities and painful complicated surgeries as they grow older. Trampoline Safety Rules One...

Child Lawnmower Injury Accidents are More Common Than You Think

Child lawnmower injury accidents are more common than one would think. It may be hard to believe, but every single day of the year, at least 13 children are seriously injured in lawnmower related accidents- that is nearly 5,000 kids a year seen at emergency rooms across the country; according to a recent study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital published by the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. As a father and as a personal injury lawyer who focuses on children’s injuries from motor vehicle accidents and slips and falls on businesses and on cruise ships, I find this data alarming. Especially since most of the children injured; were not actually operating the lawn mowers, but were simply bystanders or passengers. The most common accident occurs when they are struck by the lawnmower or a projectile. According to the study, the most common lawn mower injuries are cuts (39%) and burns (15%) to the hands and fingers. Most children hurt by lawn mowers, who are seen in emergency departments are treated and released- nearly 10% require a hospital admission. The good news is that there are safety measures specifically designed to prevent lawn mower accidents such as shields that protect hands and feets and no-mow-in-reverse devices that will prevent backover injuries when the blade is engaged. Unfortunately, current industry standards do not require all lawnmowers be equipped with all safety measures. Our children’s injury and accident lawyers in Miami recommend the following safety tips to prevent lawn mower-related accidents: 1. Always provide adult supervision when children are using lawnmowers. 2. No child under...

How Children’s Sport Injuries and Accidents Can Affect Them For Life

My 15-year-old son Nory, like many high school aged children in our country- is obsessed with the sport of soccer.  When he is not playing it,  practicing it in our front yard- he is watching his beloved FC Chelsea team play it on television. He spends hours each day researching his favorite players’ every move and of course playing FIFA.  Somehow,  he still squeezes in a demanding school and study schedule, sleep and 4 to 5 meals. And at just 15 years of age–he feels pressure.  Pressure not just to make his high school’s soccer team (tryouts are next week); but once on the team to perform exceedingly well. I am sure he has hopes and dreams–as many kids do– of playing in college (scholarships welcomed) and then one day professionally for FC Chelsea.  But his single-minded, single sports focus may not be that healthy- according to a recently published consensus statement from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine which found that the “increased emphasis on sports specialization has led to an increase in overuse injuries, overtraining, and burnout.” Burnout  and child injuries occur when the psychological stress of ongoing practice and play become so overwhelming for the child that they simply choose to quit the sport altogether. Studies have found that most kids who quit a specialized sport find some that there is a “time conflict” or develop an interest in other activities. Some will never play that sport again, while others will come back the sport later in life. And the evidence is mounting that sports specialization increases the risk of a range of injuries by...

3 Ways to Prevent Teen Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries

My son recently received his Learner’s Permit to drive- and was bittersweet for a number of reasons- as a father seeing his son taking the next major step towards adulthood and independence- knowing that soon he won’t need me to drive him to the park, or pick him up from the bus stop after school. As a Miami personal injury lawyer- who has represented both teen drivers and their families who have been seriously hurt by others and the families of those who have been hurt and even killed by teen drivers- I worry. One reason is the statistics.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for teens in our country.  In fact, in 2015, over 2000 16–19-year-old teens were killed and another 221,313 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes.  This means that every day in our country six teenagers between the ages 16–19 die every day from car crashes. Since 1991 our Miami personal injury car accident lawyers have investigated thousands of motor vehicle crashes across the country and I believe that the great majority of them are preventable- especially those involving teen drivers. Number One: Seat Belts More than half of the teens (aged 16-19) who died in car crashes were not wearing seatbelts.  It is hard to believe that in today’s age people would still knowingly get behind the wheel of a car without first buckling up. But some teens have a sense of immortality- I guess we all did at that age- and may be so excited...
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