What if a Child is Injured During a Parade? What are the Legal Rights of the Child?

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What if a child is injured during a parade? This is a very specific question that arises from time to time. Parades take place in most communities during the year. Many parades take place during the holiday season. Florida and other States have a long history of putting on parades to celebrate a victory, important holiday, or a homecoming. Parades are a great way to bring together the community and celebrate these events. Like other events involving large crowds, parades can also be the location of personal injuries to children and others. Because there are risks involved with parades, it is important for parade organizers and participants to have policies and procedures in place for the orderly flow and procession of the parade. This is especially important for those parades that allow for the participation of children during the parade procession. When a child is injured during a parade or other public gathering, a case or claim can be pursued but only if the four basic elements of a legal case can be proved:

1. Duty;
2. Breach of Duty;
3. Causation; and
4. Damages.

When a child is injured during a parade or at an event related to the parade, the above elements need to be proved. Were safety precautions put in place? Were the parade floats and exhibits safely constructed? Was the parade procession carefully planned out? Were the parade floats and drivers proceeding at a safe speed? Was the incident preventable?

Florida has adopted the concept of comparative fault. In other words, the victim (even if the victim is a child) may be assessed all or a portion of the injuries caused to the victim. In Florida, a child under the age of 6 cannot be held comparatively at fault for injuries caused by the negligence of others. However, children 6 and older may be held partially at fault when a case or claim is pursued on behalf of the injured child.

A recent injury was reported in at the Deltona Christmas Parade. It was reported that a 10 year old boy became entangled in the wheel of a float on a flatbed truck at the parade. The boy suffered a leg injury. Tragically, the entire float ran over the right thigh of the boy. You can read more about this incident at Boy Injured at Deltona Christmas Parade – Suffers Serious Leg Injuries.

The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Attractions and Theme Parks, Automobile Accidents, Medical Treatment and Injuries, Damages / Compensation, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.