Texas Child Window Fall Attorneys

Representing Children Injured in Window Falls Across the Country

Every year, thousands of children are injured after falling through open and unsecured windows. While the majority of these are not fatal, Children’s Hospital Colorado warns that even a fall of 10 feet can result in spinal injuries, traumatic head injuries, and paralysis.

If your child has experienced a window fall due to the negligence of another, call Thomas J. Henry Law.

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Thousands of Children Injured in Window Falls Every Year

  • According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, 98,415 children were treated in emergency rooms after falling through a window between 1990 and 2008. This averages to more than 5,000 injuries every year.
  • Of those visits, 28 percent required that the child remain hospitalized for an extended period of time.
  • The vast majority of these injuries involved toddlers under the age of four.
  • Each year, 15 to 20 children die from injuries sustained after falling through a window.

Protecting Children from Window-Related Falls

Experts acknowledge that in the majority of instances in which children fell through windows, the child’s parents or guardians were observing appropriate supervision. However, Harborview’s Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of Washington in Seattle does provide the following safety tips in addition to normal child supervision.

  • In the majority of cases, children fell through a window screen. Experts warn that window screens are not meant to sustain the weight of a child and can be forced out of their settings when such weight is applied.
  • Parents and guardians should place window guards in their homes or premises if they have young children around, especially toddlers.
  • Windows should not be opened more than four inches.
  • Moving furniture away from windows can discourage children from climbing to reach open windows.
  • Never assume that a closed window is a child proof window. Children quickly develop the dexterity and strength necessary to open a window.

Has Your Child Suffered a Fall Injury? Call Thomas J. Henry Law

If your child was severely injured after a fall from an unsafe window, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. We represent victims in all types of premises liability claims, including unsecured and dangerous premises. Oftentimes children are the victim of window falls, not because of poor supervision but due to improperly installed or secured window guards or screens. When a landlord or property owner negligently installs a window or fails to take the proper steps to maintain a safe premises for a child, they may be held liable.

Our experienced window fall lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim and provide you with a free case review. Call us today.

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Your Child Window Fall Questions Answered

We have straight answers to difficult questions to help you make critical decisions, navigate legal process and help you get justice.

Following a child window fall injury, there are always more questions than answers. At Thomas J. Henry, we’re here to answer any questions you have about your injury case.

A child injury case may be brought when an individual under the age of 18 is injured due to the fault of another person or organization. Examples of a child injury case include car wreck or semi-truck accidents, dog bites, daycare or caretaker abuse/negligence, birth injuries, burns, choking, drowning, or any other personal injury. The most serious child injury cases involve permanent injury or death. A guardian, usually the child’s parent, is appointed by the court to bring a lawsuit (if necessary) on the child’s behalf.

The first and most important thing is obtaining proper medical care. Once the child’s injuries are being professionally addressed if there is a belief that the injury was the fault of someone else, or because of a defective product or unsafe condition of the property, an immediate investigation should begin. This is most often undertaken by skilled investigators and experts in consultation with skilled personal injury legal counsel. Often evidence that is crucial to proving fault for an injury can be easily and quickly lost. It is very important to preserve all possible evidence and to obtain photographs.

No. The laws have changed dramatically in recent years to protect child injury victims. Even in civil cases involving molestation, the identity of the child will be protected and the child will not be able to be cross-examined in the way the people sometimes see on TV and in the movies. The parent or guardian for the purpose of the litigation will be more involved in the lawsuit, and the child will usually be able to live their normal life without the lawsuit interfering in any significant way. In most instances, a case will settle outside of court and a lawsuit will not be necessary.

Private schools differ from public schools in that they do not receive immunity. For instance, if your child is seriously injured on the playground or on an off-campus field trip, parents may sue the private schools due to negligence and receive compensation for their child’s injuries.

Did you know that if your child is injured at a public school the school may not have to pay any damages for your child’s injuries? Public schools are protected in some situations by governmental immunity. If your child has been injured due to public school negligence, contact our offices. Our experienced child injury attorneys will help determine if your child has a case against the school.

In most cases, you won’t know whether your circumstances give rise to a valid medical malpractice claim until you have talked to an experienced birth injury lawyer. Doctors and medical facilities are governed by detailed professional standards of care during prenatal, delivery, and postnatal stages of pregnancy and birth. Anytime medical professionals fail to follow accepted procedures, injuries can result, and the doctors and hospital can be held accountable for medical malpractice.

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