Unattended 2-year-old Boy’s Finger Severed in Washington Square Mall Escalator
Date: August 20, 2014
Location: Washington Square Mall
Last week a 2-year-old boy was rushed from Washington Square mall after his fingers were caught in the food court escalator.
A Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue spokesman said one of the boy’s fingers was severed, another was severely damaged and the rest had minor injuries. The escalator was taken apart to recover the finger and an ambulance took it back to the hospital for reattachment.
Investigators reviewed security cameras and found the boy was unattended when the incident occurred. During the inspection of the escalator they found an “unrelated deficiency” but that failure of a switch inside the escalator “did not contribute to the accident,” according to the state report.
We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the boy and his family in this terrible accident.
If a child is injured, the statute of limitations is complicated. ORS 12.160 states that the time for bringing the lawsuit does not start being counted until the child turns 18. However, the time limit will never be extended for more than five years, nor will it be extended for more than one year after the child’s 18th birthday.
In general, if a child is 17 or older at the time of the accident, the statute will run in two years, just like for an adult. If the child is between 12 and 17, the time limit will run out on the child’s 19th birthday. If the child is under 12, the time will run out 7 years after the injury.
So if your child has been injured, in either an auto crash or another type of accident, protect their rights (and your financial well-being) by considering a personal injury attorney. Remember, our Portland personal injury lawyers offer free consultations and as father’s we are even more personally concerned about child injury cases.