The last project is handed in, teachers gifts delivered and summer has begun. Now it’s time for afternoons at the pool, weekends out on the boat and making some new memories. But what happens when summer fun turns to tragedy? When an afternoon of sunshine ends with a trip to the emergency room?
Unfortunately, such stories are not uncommon. Summertime can pose unique risks for children and teenagers, including:
- Swimming pools. The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that drowning is a serious summer concern. Reduce this risk by designating a lifeguard, even for capable swimmers, and make sure someone is always supervising the children.
- Boating accidents. The negligent or reckless operation of a water vessel can lead to tragic accidents that result in serious injuries or death. You can mitigate this risk by making sure everyone, especially children, wear appropriately sized life jackets.
- Bike crashes. As a child, there’s little that beats the freedom that comes with hopping on a bike and exploring the neighborhood with friends on a summer afternoon. A distracted driver could change the tone of the moment in a heartbeat.
- Defective parts. A defective component on a child’s bike or helmet means they are at higher risk of crash or injury. Brakes that do not work as expected or a helmet that does not properly reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury are just a few of the examples of things that could go wrong.
Parents can help keep their kids safe while letting them enjoy their summer. In addition to the tips above it is also helpful to take the time to educate kids about water and biking safety.
Who is responsible when the worst happens?
Even when we take precautions, accidents can happen. If the accident led to serious injuries or death, it is reasonable to hold the responsible party accountable with a civil lawsuit. This can lead to funds to help cover medical bills and future expenses resulting from the accident.
How does the law work in these cases?
Accidents caused by an individual generally fall within an area of law called personal injury. Those injured by a defective product would explore the possibility of a product liability suit. An attorney experienced in these areas of the law can review your case and discuss your options.