Charlie, retired for ten years now, enjoys his spring days sitting in his
back yard under the shade of a willow tree. A forty-five year career as
a bartender wasn’t too bad. He was diligent in saving money and
eventually saved up enough to purchase a home.
Sure it was not the biggest or nicest of homes, but it was his. He never
minded living on a busier street next to an elementary school playground.
In fact, now that his children are grown and out of the house, he cherishes
the sounds of children playing on the playground. It is actually the main
reason he likes sitting in his back yard. The screeches and laughter of
children playing make him happier than anything else.
Experienced Poughkeepsie personal injury attorneys know how precious children are. The spring and summer seasons bring unique
activities that children enjoy. Outdoor sports and recess at school as
well as playing at public parks and playgrounds are just a few of the
things children will do this spring.
For the most part, these activities are safe and most children are not
injured. But some are. Whether the injury is from playing sports, falling
off of a bike, or when playing on playground equipment, some children
will suffer injury – sometimes, significant injury.
Children fall, they get hurt and such is just a fact of life. But that
does not mean that we should just accept the fact that kids sometimes
get hurt while playing. We must ask why the accident happened and consider
if the child’s injury could have and should have been prevented.
While at school and when playing sports, children must be adequately supervised
so that unnecessary harm does not come to the child. Playgrounds, play
equipment, and athletic fields must all be maintained in accordance with
all laws and regulations. If a law or regulation does not touch upon the
matter, the property should be maintained in a reasonable manner.
negligence turns out to be what caused a child’s injury, the negligent party
can be sued. Of course, children are not old enough to sue on their own.
Their parents will commence suit on their behalf. In addition to this
special rule, other rules apply to children plaintiffs. For example, the
amount of time a child has to sue is longer as compared to adult plaintiffs.
Children have until their eighteenth birthday to sue and may be allowed
another additional three years after that. If the child was harmed by
a medical professional, the statute of limitations is ten years from the
date of the medical malpractice. Parents should be sure to remember and
understand these special rules.
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injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
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