Mother Killed, Baby Injured by Tree Limb at Polk County Playground
Recently, in Polk County, a 16 year old mother was killed and her young son injured when a tree limb fell on them, according to WSB TV. The mother and son were reportedly at Peek Park when a limb fell while she and her one year old baby were sitting on a park bench. The young mother, according to a family member, had just moved her son from the baby swings to the park bench when they heard a sudden cracking sound. She attempted to run with the baby in her arms but was tragically not fast enough. The young woman was knocked unconscious and later died while her baby was flown to a children's hospital in Atlanta with a skull fracture.
The parks and recreation facility has issued a statement following the tragic accident, expressing sadness and condolences to the family over the loss of the young mother as well as hope for the speedy recovery of her son. Currently, the department is investigating why the tree limb fell but as of now it appears to have been a freak occurrence.
Stay Safe and Be Aware of Injuries from Falling Tree Limbs
Tree limb accidents are not common, but when they occur, the results can be catastrophic. The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) reports that the tree care industry actually has a fatality rate that is roughly ten times the average for all others. Several deaths are attributed to tree limbs falling each year. Tree care workers are not the only ones at risk as demonstrated by the recent incident in Polk County. Homeowners and the general public can all be injured by falling tree limbs, often the result of trees not being trimmed or cared for properly. When a tree is not well maintained, a storm, high winds or even pure age and decay can send even the largest of tree limbs plummeting towards the ground. For anyone who happens to be below, death or serious injury can result.
Liability for Tree Limb Accidents
In the event of a tree limb accident, liability is dependent upon many factors. If the accident occurred in a public place or on the property of another, the property owner or the state could potentially be held accountable if the accident could be traced to negligence. A few cases have held property owners responsible for falling branches where the tree was deteriorated to the point of posing a threat to others. In this case, not taking action to eliminate the threat could be considered negligent conduct.
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