Windows are an important part of the home, letting in light, fresh air, and providing an exit in the event of an emergency. While windows provide many benefits, they can also be a hazard, especially when they are poorly designed or manufactured. Each year, thousands of children are injured and tragically, 18 children, most under the age of 10, are killed in window fall accidents.
If your child has been injured in a window fall accident, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an personal injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.
Causes of Window Falls
Window falls have the potential to cause serious, even deadly injuries. Most children land head-first, sustaining head and brain injuries that lead to serious and permanent neurological disability. Some of the most common causes of window fall accidents include:
- Poor furniture placement
- Faulty or broken window latches
- Lack of window guards
- Negligent supervision
The Consumer Product Safety Administration (CPSC) warns parents and caregivers not to rely on window screens to prevent window fall accidents, to keep furniture away from windows, and to open windows from the top instead of from the bottom whenever possible.
Legal Liability for Window Falls
Window falls typically occur due to faulty or defective windows and component parts, or due to someone’s negligence. If a window fall was due to defective windows, you may be able to obtain damages for your child from the window manufacturer, the component part manufacturer, or anyone in the chain of distribution of that window. In addition, if a manufacturer fails to provide adequate warnings about the dangers of a window or proper installation instructions, they could be held liable under the failure to warn theory of law.
The negligence of either individuals or entities could also be the cause of a child’s window fall injuries. For example, a landlord or property owner that rents a property to a family with small children has a duty under the law to keep the premises safe, provide safety features for the protection of those children, and to keep the property maintained without inhibiting a safe exit in the event of an emergency. If a landlord or property owner fails in their duty and a child is injured, they could be held liable for those injuries.
If your child was under the care and supervision of someone else and the child was injured in a window fall, the caregiver could be held liable for negligence if they failed to exercise reasonable care to keep that child safe. Window falls often occur when a caregiver is inattentive, which can occur at daycare facilities, in the home, and in public settings.
If your child was injured in a window fall accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can review your case and determine who may be liable for their injuries. We at Mike Agruss Law are proud to serve our fellow citizens in personal injury cases, especially when you or a loved one has been injured, and we are fully committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that the other party is held legally accountable when negligence occurs. We will fight until the very end to ensure that you are fully compensated for all injuries and losses resulting from the accident, including medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and you won’t owe us a dime for our services.
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