Protecting your child is the bases of parenting, but being both a parent and a child injury lawyer, I know how difficult it can be to foresee potential injuries. Children aren’t allowed to handle scissors, super glue, or walk up cliffs out of fear for their safety, but there are everyday dangers that it is nearly impossible to predict. These unknown dangers can lead to a severe child injury, or worse, a fatal child accident. On Sunday a severe fall sent a Lynwood girl to the hospital with serious injuries.
On Sunday September 6th, rescue crews were sent to the 14500 block of Admiralty Way just after 7 p.m. When help arrived they found a 5-year-old girl had a severe fall out of a second story window and landed on the compacted dirt, 15 feet below.
September 6th around 7 p.m. medics were sent to the 14500 block of Admiralty Way when a young girl reportedly fell from a window. The 5-year-old girl was leaning against a window screen in the second story of the building when the screen gave out sending the girl to the hard dirt below. Upon investigation it was found that the screen was still intact, the girl had fallen out of a bottom corner that had popped out of the window.
The girl was quickly rushed to Harborview Medical Center, where she is being treated for serious injuries from the severe fall.
Window screens are not built to support any type of weight, even that of a young child. Shockingly this is the third incident this summer that the Lynwood fire district has dealt with, a rather high number for something most parents wouldn’t consider a hazard.
Here are some tips to help prevent your child from falling victim to a severe fall.
- Supervising your child is crucial to preventing accidents
- Keep furniture that your child can climb on away from windows
- Lock windows when children are in the room
- Don’t rely on window screens to protect your child- they are flimsy and not built to withstand any type of weight
- Considering installing window guards if you have young children. These are available at a variety of places, which you may view by clicking on the preceding link.