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Child Window Falls

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

Childbirth injuries are not always obvious immediately afterward. Moms and dads will oftentimes notice certain things that are out of the ordinary once they take their newborn baby home – sometimes weeks or months later. In addition, some symptoms and signs of a birth injury aren’t apparent until much later.

Here are signs and symptoms of a childbirth injury:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Constipation
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision issues
  • Sinus inflammation
  • Low weight gain

Other physical symptoms of a birth injury in a child include:

  • Weak movement
  • Poor reflexes
  • Spasms
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Hands held in claw-like poses

Common conditions that can result from birth injuries include:

  • Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy
  • Nerve damage
  • Damage to the skull
  • Brain damage
  • Future learning disabilities
  • Delayed early development (crawling, walking, talking)

Birth injuries can be caused by many different factors. Common causes of childbirth injuries include:

  • Infection
  • Lack of oxygen
  • Neonatal sepsis
  • Preeclampsia
  • Dangerous medications
  • Traumatic delivery
  • Improper manipulation of the baby (potentially with tools including vacuums, forceps)
  • Failure to monitor baby’s vital signs

If childbirth injuries were preventable — for the mother or baby — the doctors, nurses, surgeons, and medical institution can be held accountable.

Injuries during childbirth can happen to anyone. However, some women find themselves in a high risk pregnancy. These situations require a higher level of attention and care on the part of the physician, and if high the high risk pregnancy symptoms and signs are not spotted or found in time, there could be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Women with prior health conditions, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Autoimmune disease (lupus, multiple sclerosis)
  • Thyroid disease
  • Obesity
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Teenagers
  • Women over 35 having their first child
  • Alcohol use during pregnancy
  • Smoking (and secondhand smoke)

Injuries to the mother that can occur during pregnancy include:

  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Fissures
  • Infection
  • Preeclampsia or eclampsia
  • Vaginal tears or lacerations
  • Death

Mothers can also experience mental injuries as a result of a traumatic birth, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Private schools differ with 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.

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No matter the injury or the accident, if you or a loved one were harmed due to the negligence of an individual or company, Thomas J. Henry is here to assist you.

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