In 2004, a 9 year old boy broke his femur in a collision with another child as they ran to line up after recess. A Passaic County jury decided that the school was negligent in supervising the children because the school only had one teacher supervising 400 children. The child suffered permanent debilitating injuries. According to the boy’s attorney, the school system only offered $5,000 to settle the case. A jury felt otherwise and awarded $500,000 for the child’s pain and suffering.
Minor injuries to our children are an inevitable part of the growing up process. When those injuries, however, are the result of the negligence of another party, it can be very unsettling. An unsafe swimming pool or faulty playground equipment can lead to injuries that were similar to the ones the Passaic County youth suffered from. Additionally, unsafe child products, such as defective car seats, strollers, cribs, and toys can play a large role in injuries sustained by our children.
If your child has been injured at school or summer camp or by an unsafe toy or product, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to determine if there is any liability. Contact the attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein if you have any questions.