Child Injury Accidents: The Most Dangerous Night of the Year for Children

Halloween is a dangerous night to be a kid- as children are more likely die than any other night of the year. Pedestrian accidents, car accidents, and motorcycle accidents are commonly the cause of Halloween injuries and fatalities- because of the number of children walking dark streets at night. In fact, children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car while walking on Halloween night than at any other time of the year.  And sadly, teenagers are at the greatest risk with a death rate twice that of younger children-accounting for half of all child pedestrian deaths. Child Injury Accidents on Halloween Most of these accidents occur between 4:00 PM and 10:00 PM- particularly as the sun is setting as tired drivers are heading home from work.  But it is not always the fault of drivers- excited children wearing costumes and eager to get as much candy as possible are easily likely to dart into traffic or step off of a curb. The numbers of Halloween related car crashes skyrocket when Halloween lands on a Saturday night.  Statistics show that 43 percent of all Halloween night motor vehicle deaths involved drunk drivers with 26 percent of all pedestrian killed on Halloween involved a drunken driver. Our Miami personal injury lawyers are passionate about protecting the legal rights of those who have been in a car accident- especially children.  And have these 3 safety tips that we hope will keep your children safe this Halloween- when they trick and treat. 1.Make sure your kid’s costumes and bags are reflective and use light colors and have them...

Miami Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer Lists The 3 Best Cruise Ships for Halloween 2017

Halloween on a cruise ship, what could be better than trick or treating at sea?  If you or your kids have some time off this Halloween, taking a cruise might be a great way to spend some quality family time and not miss trick or treating.  Many of the major cruise lines like Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Disney go all out for Halloween- and even encourage passengers to pack costumes and decorations for their cabins. #1 Disney Cruise Line If you have kids there is no better place to spend your Halloween at sea than aboard a Disney Cruise Ship. Starting in late September, Disney decorates their cruise ships with a “spooktacular” Halloween theme- and holds special parties and entertainment that is designed to be not too scary for little kids.  Some of the highlights aboard a Disney Halloween Cruise include a “Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party” and  Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream.   Make sure to pack your costume and be prepared to go trick-or-treating with your favorite Disney Characters. In addition, there will be mask making and pumpkin carving activities and of course movie night will include ghost stories.   And if you have the strength there will be an adults-only costume party too. #2 Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Cruise Line calls it’s Halloween cruises “Frightfully Fun” vacations offering passengers scary movie options, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and Halloween themed drinks and desserts.  Highlights include a Halloween Day Parade and a Costume Meet and Greet which will give passengers the chance to walk around the ship in costume.  Once the sun sets things to get even spookier when Carnival...

Child Care Injury: Are Child Care Centers in Gyms Regulated?

Child Care Injury: Are Child Care Centers in Gyms Regulated? In Florida, many parents rely on childcare facilities to provide a watchful eye over their children. Some of these facilities provide all-day care, while others specialize in shorter, sporadic childcare. However, parents expect any daycare center to provide attentive and careful babysitting. One way parents can ensure their children are watched by a reliable service is by verifying that the business is regulated by the State of Florida. In addition to checking regulations and certifications, many parents conduct substantial research on their regular babysitter or childcare provider, but far less common is investigation into shorter childcare arrangements, such as childcare centers in fitness centers and gyms. The Florida Department of Children and Families views these facilities differently, and when utilizing daycare services in a fitness facility or gym, a parent should be equally vigilant and aware of the level of care offered. Oversight of Child Care Services in Fitness Centers The Florida Department of Families and Children is responsible for regulating all childcare facilities and daycare services throughout the state. While this state-level department is responsible for developing and propagating appropriate daycare standards, it often leaves oversight and enforcement to county agencies, as long as such agencies require the same standards or higher of their childcare facilities. Florida requires every childcare facility to hold a valid license in order to operate, and this includes childcare facilities in gyms. Licensure must include specific information about the program, which is made available to parents. This information includes the type of program, type of service provided, ages and number of children allowed...

What Are Your Child’s Legal Rights if They Are Involved in a Child Pedestrian Accident?

What Are Your Child’s Legal Rights Following a Child Pedestrian Accident? Across the United States, nearly 11,000 children suffer injuries as pedestrians each year. Of these 11,000, roughly 350 children die from on-foot collisions with cars annually. These numbers are alarming for parents, and child pedestrian accidents are a particular problem throughout Florida. The state recorded 36 child pedestrian deaths in 2015, placing it second highest in the country behind California. In 2016, Florida’s record for child pedestrian accidents was equally serious. The high number of incidents involving child pedestrians can be partly attributed to Florida’s temperate climate. The weather encourages children and others to walk year-round. In Florida’s metropolitan areas in particular, many children walk to and from school every day. As the school year begins this week and next, no parent wants to consider the possibility that a son or daughter would be involved in a pedestrian accident, but if an incident does befall your family, you will want to know your child’s rights following a child pedestrian accident. Filing a Child’s Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit If your child is involved in a pedestrian accident, there is a good chance your son or daughter is entitled to compensation for expenses and damages, as an adult would be. However, minor children in Florida are precluded from bringing personal injury lawsuits. A parent or other guardian must file the claim on the child’s behalf. This claim can be for damages directly resulting from the child pedestrian accident, such as cost of medical treatment, expense of emergency services or follow-up care, and pain and suffering. The guardian acting on the child’s...

10 Things You Should Know About Your Child’s Personal Injury Case

Children’s personal injury cases are similar to other personal injury cases in some ways, but unique in many regards. For parents or guardians, these cases often pose challenges both procedurally and emotionally, but knowing the important aspects of a child’s personal injury case can be helpful. 1. Get Your Child Properly Diagnosed  After a child is involved in an accident–whether a traffic accident, fall from a height, or collision–it is essential that parents seek proper diagnosis of any injuries. In particular, parents should be concerned with injuries that don’t display outward signs or symptoms, as these can be difficult to identify. For example, a study from the United States Department of Transportation found that children are 10 times more likely to suffer incapacitating injuries in a rollover crash, but these injuries are unlikely to present immediate symptoms. Without medical care, a parent may not be aware of a head injury or damage to a child’s chest or lungs. To properly diagnose your child, it is best to seek comprehensive medical attention right after an accident occurs. In the following days and weeks, look for changes in behavior, such as onset of depression, disengagement in family activities, and altered sleeping habits. These are all further signs that something is medically wrong. 2. Document Everything Connected to Your Child’s Case  A successful personal injury case is built on convincing and substantial evidence, even in claims made on behalf of minor children. This includes showing the insurance company and court medical bills, police reports, statements from eyewitnesses, and photographs. It is imperative to produce records of the injuries your child sustained and...

How Personal Injury Compensation Covers Fractures in Children’s Injury Cases

No parent wants to see his or her child suffer an injury or illness. Even if the injury is not life threatening, such as a fracture or broken bone, parents can be distressed about providing the care and responsibility necessary to help a child heal completely. It can be even more traumatizing and worrisome when the fracture is the result of another person’s negligence and carelessness. While the law cannot eliminate personal injuries to children, Florida’s statutes do provide a specific mechanism for children, and their families, to seek compensation for a personal injury to a minor. When there are fractures in children’s injury cases, these mechanisms can provide the compensation children require to receive adequate medical attention, helping families mentally and emotionally come to terms with the injury. Parents often also need a great personal injury lawyer to guide them through this process in Florida. How Doctors Categorize a Child’s Fracture Doctors categorize fractures in several ways. First, they will indicate if the break is partial or complete. As the terms suggest, a partial fracture is an incomplete break of a bone, while a complete fracture means the bone has entirely snapped or severed. Within these broad categories, doctors will further specify how the bone broke. Second, medical professionals differentiate between closed and open fractures. In a closed fracture, the child has a broken bone, but the skin is intact. In an open fracture, also called a compound fracture, the skin breaks and the bone exits the skin. This distinction is important because open fractures involve higher risks of infection. Medical Attention for Fractures and the Legal Process...
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