Childhood injuries can be devastating. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), unintentional injury is the leading cause of death among children and young adults in the United States. Hospital emergency department treat almost 9 million children each year for injuries sustained as a result of accidents. Hundreds of thousands of children are treated for injuries from falls and motor vehicle accidents, and for burns. In 2009, 116,000 children were treated in hospital emergency departments for accidental poisoning. (The Nationwide Poison Control Center phone number is 1-800-222-1222. Program it on your wireless phone and tape the number to your refrigerator.).
Sometimes, injuries occur where we least expect them, like amusement parks. Accidents there can result from operator negligence, inattentiveness or overloading of passenger vehicles, equipment or ride malfunction or breakdown, improper maintenance or equipment fatigue, improperly secured or unsecured riders, or other unsafe conditions. Other injuries can result from inadequate or negligent security. Florida’s major theme parks, which include Walt Disney World Resort (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios), Universal Orlando (Universal Islands of Adventure and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter), SeaWorld Orlando, and Busch Gardens in Tampa, file regular reports of such occurrences with the State of Florida.
As parents with children of our own, we at Buckner + Miles know the dangers. We represent families whose children have been injured or killed as a result of the negligence of others. We work closely with our clients to discover the causes of and responsibility for the injuries to their children, and we help them recover. Among the results obtained by Buckner + Miles attorneys are:
- Settlements totaling $3.1 million on behalf of a boy who suffered brain and other injuries as a result of repeated abuse at the hand of his caregiver, after various state agencies and medical personnel failed to intervene on his behalf.
- A $2.75 million judgment against the City of Miami for improperly restraining an autistic young man, leading to his death.
If your child or a minor relative has been injured or killed, contact the Florida child safety attorneys at Buckner + Miles today by calling (305) 964-8003 for a free evaluation of your case. Or, you can fill out the contact form on our website, and someone from the firm will contact you.