What are the Most Common Children’s Injuries?
Written by Greg on February 12, 2020
Injuries to children are a common occurrence. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year more than 12,000 children die and more than 9 million visit emergency rooms due to unintentional injuries. The statistics include information for children under the age of 19 years old. When your child suffers an injury, it is likely a traumatic experience both for the child and the parents.
Fatal and Non-Fatal Injuries
There are many causes of unintentional injuries to children. Some of the most common causes of injuries and fatalities to children include:
- Vehicle accidents
- Being struck by an object
- Dog bites
Falls are the most common cause of injuries to young children. About half of all non-fatal injuries to children under a year old are due to falls. Vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of serious injuries and fatalities for children between the ages of 15 and 19. Burns and drowning are most common for children ages 4 and younger.
Types of Injuries
Many types of injuries to children are serious. The most severe injuries include head trauma, broken bones, back and neck injuries, and burns, among others. Some injuries are life-threatening and require extensive medical treatment and lengthy recovery periods. In some instances, an injury can leave a child disabled for the rest of his life. Medical care can be extremely expensive and when the injury is due to another’s negligence, that person should be held responsible.
Head trauma is one of the most serious of all children’s injuries. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a severe and sudden blow to the head. The injury can range from mild to extremely severe and some can be life-threatening. The child may suffer symptoms immediately, but they can take days or weeks to appear. When the brain tissues have tearing or bleeding, surgery may be necessary to reduce swelling. A TBI can result in lifelong disability or death.
What to do if Your Child Suffered an Injury
The consequences of a serious injury to your child can be physical, emotional, and financial. You need to ensure that your child receives immediate medical care. Medical costs can be astronomical, especially if the child has severe and ongoing injuries. The child may also suffer trauma and may have ongoing medical needs for an extended period of time.
If the injury was due to the negligence of another, you may have legal options. Discuss the matter with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will evaluate the situation and facilitate the gathering of evidence to prove negligence. You may be entitled to compensation for your child’s injuries including money for medical expenses, medications, pain and suffering, and more.
Contact a Compassionate Attorney
At Baumgartner Law Firm, we have experience handling all types of child injury cases, including injury at daycare centers. We have obtained millions of dollars for our clients. We understand that this is a difficult time for your family, and we will handle the legal issues and guide you through the process to make it as stress-free as possible. Contact Baumgartner Law Firm for a free initial case evaluation.
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