Children naturally like to explore their surroundings. If something catches their attention they will explore and find out more about it. An open window leading to the outside of a property can be all too tempting to look at. They may be very keen to climb up and go outside, not realising the potential dangers involved in doing so.
Thankfully few accidents occur each year that involve child window falls. However, when such things do happen they can potentially result in some serious injuries. Fatalities are rare but it doesn’t mean we cannot do everything we can to reduce them still further. Negligence in leaving windows open within reach of young children can lead to compensation claims in the right circumstances.
How do child window falls happen?
They could happen if negligence plays a part. For example let’s say you arrive at a holiday property that is designed to welcome families and young children. If the windows are not safe and have been left wide open, there could be the potential there for an accident to happen. Thankfully such situations are extremely rare but when they do occur they can be very dangerous indeed.
Teaching your children to be safe around windows is extremely important. However, there could be situations in which you children are in the care of someone else and they get into a situation there. If a carer is negligent for example, there could be the potential to make a no win, no fee claim if your child is involved in an accident. Such cases are very rare but it’s good to know there is support there for you.
Keeping children safe
Clearly, safety first is the key element to remember here. Child window falls are rare indeed, but even the odd case that occurs is one too many. Making sure children are safe and understand the dangers of windows when they are old enough is a major way to keep them safer throughout their young lives.
Of course if something does happen you have the chance to make sure you can claim compensation if warranted. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with this, thanks to our free 24/7 enquiry line on 0800 689 0500. Just one quick call to us will be easy to do, and it will reveal whether a no win, no fee* compensation claim could meet with success on this occasion.
Date Published: May 31, 2015
Author: Rob Steen