Children are amazingly resilient. They show a remarkable ability to bounce back from bumps and tumbles during energetic play sessions or other everyday activities. Nevertheless, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that each year nearly 9 million children receive emergency treatment for injuries.
Most childhood injuries are the result of preventable accidents. Here are some of the more frequent reasons cited by our personal injury attorneys.
1. Motor Vehicle Accidents
Traffic accidents are the leading cause of injury fatalities for children between the ages of 5 and 19. While the majority occurs when the child is traveling as a passenger
, many are a result of being struck by a vehicle while walking or riding a bike.
Falls are the primary cause of non-fatal childhood accidents. They commonly occur on playgrounds or during sports and recreation activities such as skateboarding.
3. Fire and Burns
Younger children are more susceptible to scalding injuries from steam or hot liquids. As they grow older, they are more likely to be injured by direct contact with fire.
Curious children can become seriously ill after ingesting medicine or chemicals such as cleaning products that are not safely stored away. Danger can also exist with items like over-the-counter drugs or dietary supplements that are not specifically marked as toxic.
Children’s growing bodies have limited tolerance for stress. However, many are reluctant to appear “weak” so they don’t let parents, coaches or other authority figures know when they have gone too far.
Don’t Take Chances with an Injured Child
When your child is injured, worry and confusion can hinder efforts to get the help he or she needs and deserves. Our personal injury attorneys at Lerner & Rowe can ease your burden by fighting for your child’s rights. Call or chat with us online 24/7 to schedule a no-cost consultation.