Kids will be kids, and sometimes that can lead to danger. Children may be prone to accidents, but it may be someone else’s responsibility to keep serious hazards out of their hands.
Hospitals see around 8,000 children every day for injuries suffered in a fall. While children are often no stranger to strategic falling from heights, it’s just one of many ways there could end up hurting themselves. If they experience an injury on someone else’s property, the owner of that property could be liable for damages if they didn’t do enough to protect curious kids.
Premises liability may look to the victim when assigning the blame for an accident, but that doesn’t always apply if your child is too young to understand the repercussions:
- Comprehension: Young children usually don’t understand the dangerous consequences of many of their actions, and the law doesn’t always expect that of them. Children may seek out things they find exciting, and possible dangers that come with things like climbing onto a roof don’t enter into it.
- Prevention: If something that piqued your child’s interest enticed them to wander somewhere they shouldn’t have been, then the onus may fall on the owner to keep them out. The cool waves of a pool or the shiny glint of yard tools could be enough to tempt your child to crawl into an unwelcoming backyard.
- Obligation: Posting a sign isn’t likely going to be enough to dissuade a child, especially if they aren’t old enough to read. If there’s a hazard lying in wait in your backyard that has gone unrepaired, or they don’t properly safeguard an animal that looks friendly enough, then the owner of the property may be liable for your child’s injuries.
Children do their best to bounce back, but they can only be so resilient. Nursing a child back to health can be a difficult and expensive process, so make sure those liable for their injuries give you the help you need.