It’s not possible, practical, or even necessarily a good idea to try to protect your child from all of the scrapes, cuts, bumps, and bruises growing up. These are just part of the growing process for active and curious children and can act as a relatively risk-free teacher of consequences.
With some simple and practical steps, child injuries are more likely to be the kind that a band-aid will fix, rather than one of the many serious accidents that happen to children each year. Unintentional injuries, rather than diseases, are the biggest cause of death in children aged 1-14. Most of these injuries can be prevented.
If your child has been seriously injured, seek medical care immediately, and then contact the experienced Florida personal injury lawyers at Searcy Denney. We understand the guilt and pain you’re experiencing and will help you with compassion and efficiency.
What Are the Statistics Regarding Child Injuries?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding injury deaths:
- On average, 12,175 children 0 to 19 years of age died each year in the U.S. from an unintentional injury.
- Males had higher injury death rates than females.
- Injuries due to transportation were the leading cause of death for children.
- Combining all unintentional injury deaths among those between 0 and 19 years of age, motor vehicle traffic-related deaths were the leading cause.
- The risk for injury death varied according to race and age.
- Injury death rates varied by state, depending upon the cause of death.
Regarding non-fatal injuries:
- An estimated 9.2 million children annually had an initial emergency department visit for an unintentional injury.
- Males generally had higher nonfatal injury rates than females.
- Injuries due to falls were the leading cause of nonfatal injuries.
- Nonfatal injury rates varied by age group.
What You Can Do to Prevent Serious Child Injuries
Generally speaking, supervise your children closely in situations where they’re most likely to be injured. These include:
- In the bath or shower
- In the kitchen
- Near or with anything smaller than a penny, including food, toys, and household items
- In strollers or around swings
- At or even near a pool or the beach
- Near driveways, parking lots, streets, and roads
- Visiting any place away from home.
Our Florida Injury Lawyers Can Help You Prevent Injuries to Children in Florida
After seeking immediate medical attention for a child injury, contact the Florida injury lawyers at Searcy Denney for help. We have experience with these types of injuries and will treat you with compassion and respect and treat your claim with efficiency and care. Contact us today for a free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis.