Children’s Safety and Welfare
At Levine and Slavit, we are committed to protecting the rights of children and helping families with their legal matters. If your child has suffered an injury, and you are seeking legal counsel regarding a product liability or personal injury claim, our attorneys can help. At our New York City and Long Island firm, we understand the seriousness of injury cases involving children, and you can be assured that we will provide your family with an unwavering dedication to your cause should we take on your case.
If a child is injured while under adult supervision, the adult may be considered liable for damages. When a child is placed in the care of an adult, even temporarily, the adult is legally obligated to ensure the safety of the child. Unfortunately, many adult supervisors are negligent in their duties and children are needlessly injured or killed as a result. Some common cases involving negligent supervision include:
- Pool accidents
- Accidents involving unsecured firearms
- Accidents involving flammable materials
- Accidents involving cleaning materials and dangerous chemicals
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents involving children
If your child has suffered an injury while under the supervision of an adult care provider, it may be possible to file a personal injury claim against the negligent party.
Child educators, including school teachers, Boy Scout Scoutmasters, religious mentors, and sports coaches, have a professional and legal obligation to provide the children under their custody with due care. Child safety should be of the utmost priority to educators, and as such, any type of physical, mental, or sexual abuse may be grounds for civil and criminal charges.
If your child has suffered abuse at the hands of an educator, we can provide your family with sound legal counsel so that you can make educated decisions regarding legal action. Our child safety lawyers can review your case and determine the most effective way to proceed with your claim. Depending on the circumstances of your claim, it may be possible to obtain financial compensation for medical and rehabilitation costs as well as pain and suffering. In instances of educator abuse, it may also be possible to file for punitive damages to punish the defendant for his or her egregious and willful actions. Please contact our Mineola office to speak with a child safety & wellness lawyer today.
Dangerous Children’s Products
Products that are intended for children must be designed and constructed with extra care, as young children lack the decision-making abilities of adults and may be unable to determine the potential consequences of their actions. A product that is poorly designed or constructed can pose a significant risk to a child. Dangerous or defective products can cause serious injury, and in extreme cases, even death. At Levine and Slavit, our product liability attorneys can help if your child has been injured or killed as a result of a defective product.
Any toys that pose an unreasonable risk to the health of a child can be considered dangerous or defective. This may include toys that pose a significant choking hazard, toys that are made with materials or chemicals (such as lead paint or other toxins) that can be harmful, toys that pose a stabbing hazard, and toys that pose a risk of burn injury.
Thousands of infants are injured in crib accidents each year. Crib manufacturers are required to test their cribs and ensure that they meet federal safety standards; however, most cribs do not meet the stricter standards set forth by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). If your child has been injured in his or her crib as a result of a collapse, slats that are spaced too far apart, exposed screws or support hardware, or for any other reason relating to the design or construction of the product, you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer for damages. It is important to remember that in a product liability case you don’t have to prove negligence, but only that a product caused an injury accident as a result of a defect, and the manufacturer can automatically be held liable.
Car seats must be able to withstand severe forces in the event of a car accident and, in many cases, act as a carrier as well. If a car seat is improperly designed or constructed, it can suffer critical failure when it is needed most, and may result in severe injury or death of a child. Our product liability attorneys can help New York City and Long Island residents who have a child who was injured or killed as a result of a defective car seat. We are committed to child safety and we will vigorously protect your rights if your family has lost a child or your child has suffered severe injuries in a car seat accident.
Contact a New York City and Long Island Personal Injury Lawyer
At Levine and Slavit, we are dedicated to child safety and helping families in need. If your child has suffered an injury or been killed as a result of another party’s negligence, our product liability and personal injury lawyers can help. Contact our New York City and Long Island law firm today to schedule a free consultation.