Window screens are simply not enough. In order to protect children from falling out of windows, window guards must be installed.
New York, NY (PRWEB) March 01, 2013
A 3-year-old girl was killed after she fell down a six-story window of a bathroom in her family's apartment in Queens on Feb. 10. According to a Feb. 10 news article in The New York Times, the toddler and her younger sibling had become locked inside a bathroom of the apartment. The girl fell from the bathroom window before the parents could get to her and her brother, the report stated. The 3-year-old fell from the bathroom window and landed about 60 feet below, the Times reports. The girl was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, the article says.
According to statistics compiled by the national nonprofit, Safekids.org, in 2009, nearly 2.3 million children sustained non-fatal fall-related injuries. The report states that falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury for all children 14 and under and window falls account for about eight fatalities and 3,300 injuries among children ages 5 and under annually. The group states that windows and playground equipment are major risk factors for toddlers and older children and that window falls occur more frequently in large urban areas and low-income neighborhoods. Also, children living in multi-unit dwelling buildings have the highest number of window fall accidents, Safekids.org reports.
New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm states that in New York City property owners and managers are required by law to provide window guards in dwelling units. "Window screens are simply not enough. In order to protect children from falling out of windows, window guards must be installed. While installing these windows, it is also crucial to ensure that the guards are designed in such a way that they can be opened quickly from the inside in the event of a fire."
As recently as Dec. 7, the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm obtained a $425,000 verdict for a child in Queens who fell from a window that had no guards. The case (Number 26855/2009, State of New York Supreme Court of Queens County) also resulted in payment of the victim's Medicaid bills.
Wilhelm says that these types of tragic injuries and deaths are absolutely preventable. "In large urban areas such as New York City and Boston, window falls have been greatly reduced through public awareness and window guard distribution programs. Knowing what we know today, it is appalling that these types of incidents still take place in New York City."
About the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm
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