Screens Don’t Prevent Window Fall Accidents

by Carmen Dellutri on September 19, 2011

Fort myers personal injury attorneyWhile a cool breeze is always welcome in Southern Florida, parents should be aware that open windows can lead to window fall accidents, even when equipped with screens.

In fact, a recent study revealed that an estimated 98,415 children were hospitalized for injuries caused by falling from windows from 1990 to 2008. Falls from windows cause a wide variety of injuries, ranging from cuts and bruises to fatal traumatic brain injuries.

 

According to WebMD, the study, which used information from a nationwide database of children treated in hospital emergency rooms over a 19-year period, found the following information:

  • Boys were more likely than girls to fall out of windows and accounted for 58 percent of window fall injuries.
  • Falls from windows were more common in spring and summer months.
  • One-fourth of the window fall injuries required hospitalization.
  • Children under 5 years were more likely to suffer serious injuries from a window fall accident and three times more likely to suffer a head injury.

The results of the study are sobering given that most window fall accidents could be prevented with simple safety measures, including simply moving furniture away from windows, installing locks, and planting bushes or plant beds under windows to cushion a fall should a child fall from an open window.

Finally, it is important to note that researchers found that window screens are not adequate protection against window falls accidents. Eighty-three percent of reported accidents involving window falls revealed that screens were in place at the time of the accident.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If your child or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida window fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.

 

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