Children are more susceptible than adults to being injured in accidents caused by the negligence of others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says injuries in accidents are the leading cause of death for children age 19 and younger.
The CDC says that nearly nine million children are seen in emergency departments for injuries each year, and more than 9,000 children die as a result of being injured.
The estimated annual cost of injuries from accidents involving children in the United States is nearly $11.5 billion.
Common Childhood Accidents and Injuries
The CDC says the most common injury-producing accidents involving children are:
- Falls – Falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries for children. Falls on the playground are a common cause of injury, as are falls in the home, such as a fall on stairs. Common playground injuries include fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations, and amputations. About 75 percent of nonfatal injuries related to playground equipment occur on public playgrounds, the CDC says.
- Car accidents – Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. More than two-thirds of fatally injured children were killed while riding with a drinking driver, the CDC says. Placing children in age- and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half.
- Burns – Younger children who suffer burns are more likely to have been injured by hot liquids or steam that cause scald burns, such as by pulling a pot off of a stove or by bathwater that is too hot. Older children are more likely to be burned by direct contact with open flame or fire.
- Drowning – Three children die every day as a result of drowning, and drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages one to four. Children can be drawn to swimming pools, decorative ponds, and other water features with tragic results. Property owners have an obligation to secure these areas from unauthorized entry.
- Suffocation – Infants are most at risk for suffocation while sleeping. Toddlers are more likely to suffocate from choking on food and other objects, such as small toys.
- Poisoning – More than 300 children are treated in emergency rooms as a result of being poisoned every day, and two dies, the CDC says. Numerous household items are poisonous and should be properly secured from active, curious children.
- Sports and Recreation – More than 2.6 million children are treated in emergency rooms each year for sports and recreation-related injuries. Coaches and other recreation supervisors have a responsibility to ensure children wear protective gear, are sufficiently trained for the activity undertaken, and are not mismatched with significantly larger children in contact sports. Recreation supervisors must also be mindful of hot weather and allow appropriate rest and water breaks.
Some childhood injuries – bumps, cuts, and bruises – are a part of growing up. But if your child was hurt, you deserve answers. In cases of a serious accident resulting in substantial medical care or lasting impairment, you may need a lawyer to help get the financial compensation your family needs.
Joye Law Firm can investigate the accident that caused your child’s injury. If it was a preventable accident, we can help you see to it that the responsible party is held liable under South Carolina personal injury or wrongful death laws. We can help you deal with the financial consequences of your child’s accident and provide further compassion and support as you deal with the emotional aspects of your child’s case.