The Iowa Attractive Nuisance Doctrine
Young children tend to be adventurous and highly curious. Unfortunately, they also lack the maturity to make consistently safe decisions. As a result, they tend to be attracted to interesting but very dangerous objects like swimming pools or heavy machinery. To keep children in the community safe, the law requires people with dangerous items on their property to follow certain precautions.
This policy is known as the “attractive nuisance doctrine,” and it holds negligent property owners liable for injuries suffered by young children – even those who trespass. If your child has been hurt because an individual or business failed to ensure certain safeguards, you could have grounds for a legal claim under this doctrine. To learn more, call the Iowa child injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.
Building an Attractive Nuisance Claim
The attractive nuisance doctrine protects children who are too young and still too immature to protect themselves. You may have grounds for an Iowa attractive nuisance claim if your child has been injured on someone else’s property and all of the following apply:
- The defendant knew or should have known that children were likely to trespass on the property.
- The defendant knew or should have known the property could be highly dangerous to children.
- The injured child was too young to realize the dangers of the pool, creek, machinery, etc.
- The defendant failed to take reasonable precautions to protect child trespassers.
If your child has been harmed in circumstances like these, our Iowa attractive nuisance doctrine attorneys will fight to help you win compensation for medical bills, lost income, and other losses.
The Iowa child injury attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. are committed to justice for victims of negligence. Contact our offices at 877-327-2600.