Common Causes of Child Injury
One of the most helpless feelings in the world is a parent whose child has been injured by another—wanting to help your child when there is little you can do other than get the best medical treatment available. The waiting and not knowing how bad they are hurt is a very tough situation mentally. Keeping our children safe and healthy is the primary concern and responsibility of parents.
Neglect is a big reason for child injury
Children can get injured in more ways than can be counted. What is difficult for many parents is when their children are unnecessarily injured through the neglect of a third party, such as a daycare center or babysitter. Likewise, children injured in car accidents are a common occurrence in the greater Houston area.
Emergency rooms see many children every day. Across United States estimates are that over 9 million children are checked into an emergency room each year in the United States.
Some child injury accidents we see frequently:
Some of the personal injury cases with children we see frequently include:
Injury at Daycare Centers– when you entrust your children in the care of another, you expect it they will supervise your children in such a manner where the child will not be injured. While Texas regulates daycare centers, struggles to be profitable impact the quality of supervision often. A failure to adequately supervise a child at a daycare center is the number one cause of daycare accidents in the state of Texas.
Car Wrecks– children are less likely to be injured in a car accident than adults. Having a highly rated car seat for infants and young children can help reduce the incidence of injury. Despite the best efforts of the parents, children are injured every day in car accidents.
Dangerous Products- children are especially susceptible to products that are dangerously designed. From hoverboards to cribs, parents should check the CPSC for recalls – See http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/.
Drowning Accidents– each year in Houston, many children drown in lakes and apartment swimming pools. We have represented several families after an apartment or other pool drowning.
Dog Bites– Attacks by dogs can be terrifying, and they seem to happen more frequently to defenseless children. Dogs tend to attack small children at an alarming rate and the bites can be severe or even fatal.
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.
How injury lawsuits in Houston differ when they involve children
Personal injury lawsuits with children require special procures to settle and fund. The courts in Harris County, Texas, take special precautions to protect the child’s interests. Our daycare injury lawyers have been protecting the financial future of children for over three decades. We have many 6 and 7 figure wins.
Contact a Compassionate Attorney
At Baumgartner Law Firm, we have experience handling all types of child injury cases, including injury at daycare centers. Our daycare negligence lawyers 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.
Call (281) 587-1111 – There is never a charge for the injury consultation!