You potentially have a claim against both Lowes and the parents of the child that was swinging the hammer. You should contact an attorney immediately.
To have a chance at "fair" compensation, and quite frankly, to do the right thing by your child, you need to consult with local and qualified counsel. Lowe's is not going to give away the store because they are magnanimous. Good luck.
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You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statement to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing. The Guides can be accessed through my profile page on Avvo.com.
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It sounds like you have a strong case for negligence on the part of Lowes. Lowes clearly has a duty to make sure the playground area is free from any dangerous conditions. By allowing a child to get a hold of a hammer that resulted injuries to your son, they have arguably breached their duty.
The true value of his case would be determined by a jury of your peers. There is no limit as to what you can ask for. If Lowes makes an offer, the amount will depend on many factors. Most importantly, liability and damages. Most often, stores like Lowes, will tell you that they are investigating the claim and give you the run around for a few months before claiming they aren't responsible.
My suggestion is to contact an experienced personal injury attorney in your area for a free consultation. The longer you wait, the more you could be jeopardize your case. You shouldn't give any statements or sign any documents without an attorney and you want them to preserve any video surveillance footage. An experienced attorney can you assist you with the entire claims process. Best of luck.
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Children injuries are truly the worse a parent can suffer. Lowes has a duty to use reasonable care including inspecting the hammer with the loose and remove it from the indoor playground. I would strongly urge you to see an attorney in the Gainesville are as Lowes is not likely to provide you with any payment voluntarily. Good Luck,
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You have a potential case here against both Lowes and possibly against the parents of the boy who was swinging it around. We need to discuss more of the facts with you to determine value. I'd highly recommend you contact an attorney. It is fairly easy to do, as Avvo makes it easy to email us.
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You should hire a lawyer ASAP. There are too many unknowns to value the case. You must wait and see what your son's injuries are, how he recovers, etc.
By providing the defective toy for the children to play with, Lowe's was obviously negligent. I doubt if the other child was old enough to legally be negligent, and I doubt if there is a case against the child's parents. Nevertheless, there is a good case against Lowe's.
However, how much to settle the case for now cannot be determined. One would have to have a crystal ball to know how well your son will recover from his injuries. An appropriate settlement or verdict could range from the cost of his medical bills plus a small amount for pain and suffering to much more than that if he develops severe scarring, suffers emotionally, or has any other permanent injuries.
There is a four-year statute of limitations for negligence so you have some time to wait to decide if you should settle the case now.
You do not have time to wait to see a lawyer about it though. At the very least the lawyer will send a letter to Lowe's so that any video evidence is not destroyed by Lowe's while you are deciding what to do with your case.
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You likely have a case against Lowes for the injury your son recieved and I hope he makes a full recovery. How much is the case worth is too difficult to answer without all the facts, the medical records, what treatment does he still need or that he will require in the future. Personal injury attorneys have seven years of college, multiple continuing education classes, and years of experience to train them to handle these cases. You owe it to yourself and your son to hire an attorney rather then try to do something so complicated and difficult on your own.
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It is unfortunate that your son was injured at Lowe's. Like other businesses, Lowe's had a duty to provide a reasonably safe environment for visitors, customers, and guests. Since Lowe's invited children into the store to use the indoor playground, the duty extended to children in the indoor playground. As part of its duties and responsibilities, Lowe's had a duty to inspect playground equipment and tools / toys in and around the playground. One could argue that Lowe's knew or should have known about the faulty hammer OR that Lowe's failed to reasonably or timely inspect the hammer to prevent these type of incidents OR that Lowe's should not have had the hammer around at all near 4 year olds. As for the injuries, each case should be evaluted on its own merits. The value of the case is based on a number of factors including the seriousness of the injuries, visibility of the injuries - currently and in the future, the amount of medical bills, etc. . . . I recommend that you speak to an attorney to get some guidance on this matter before you have any further discussions with Lowe's.
Your attorney may also look into a potential products liability claim against the hammer manufacturer; he or she may find out whether there have been any other reported incidents involving the hammer head coming off the handle.
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