Sadly, there are many different types of harmful accidents that children can suffer on residential properties. One type of residential property accident that can cause a great deal of harm to children is a window fall.
This type of accident is far more common than one would hope. Recently, such an accident occurred in the Sunset District of San Francisco.
Reportedly, late last Sunday morning, a child fell out of the window of a home in the neighborhood. The window in question was on the home's second floor. The CBS SF Bay Area article which reported this story did not mention if the home is the child's home. It also did not mention if the home is resident-owned or a rental.
The child was transported to a hospital in the area after the fall. The child reportedly sustained head trauma in the accident. The child's injuries, thankfully, are not believed to be life-threatening in nature.
As this incident shows, falls from windows can result in children suffering significant injuries, such as head injuries.
Given how harmful window falls can be to children, one hopes that residential property owners (such as rental property owners and apartment owners) take all proper steps to prevent such accidents from occurring.
One major thing residential property owners can do to help prevent window falls is put proper guards, locks and stops on the windows on their property. Attorney Timothy McMahon, founding partner of our firm (Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard), states that a study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio points out that great reductions were seen in New York City after window guards became mandatory in apartments where young children lived.
No child should have to suffer injuries because a residential property owner failed to keep their property safe. One hopes that residential property owners are held accountable when they act negligently in regards to the safety of their premises and such negligence results in a child suffering a window fall.
Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard has experience dealing with these types of cases and the many complex issues they can give rise to. To view the last press release relating to this matter click here.
According to attorneyTimothy McMahon, founding partner with the law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, thousands of children are still being treated in hospital emergency rooms across the country for injuries related to window falls. Mr. McMahon is in litigation against one of the largest rental property owners in California for its negligence in the window fall of a young woman. In a 2011 lawsuit (Santa Clara County Superior Court case 111-CV-195608) filed by Mr. McMahon, it is alleged that Spieker Companies cut corners by installing windows at its Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, California apartments that did not meet California and Uniform Building Code standards thus putting residents, their young children and guests in danger of death or serious injury.
Mr. McMahon states that a study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio points out that great reduction was seen in New York City after window guards became mandatory in apartments where young children lived. In the case against Spieker Companies, Mr. McMahon has thus far been successful in forcing the apartment complex to replace its windows with code complying safer windows.
CBS SF Bay Area, "Child Injured in Fall From Window In SF Sunset District," May 19, 2013