ABCs of Child Injuries
As a parent, you do your best to protect your most precious gift from child injuries. We have all done our fair share of hours spent researching the best car seat for newborns. And at some point in our parenting journey, we’ll stay up late hoping our children will make good choices at their first high school party. Still, there is only so much we can do on our mission to keep our children safe. Short of putting them in bubbles, it is impossible to predict the unexpected and unintentional accidents that may befall our children. However, negligence can affect children as much as it affects adults.
When your child is injured through the fault of another, it is important for you to obtain proper representation. In order to keep your children and other children safe, it is important to hold at-fault parties accountable.
- Without proper supervision, plastic bags can be very dangerous for babies and young children. In fact, many companies that put products in plastic bags carry warnings to keep the bags away from children. Children can asphyxiate or suffocate by a number of things. It is important to keep an eye on small children and plastic, or flimsy materials. It’s best to keep the materials away from babies altogether.
- Burns can occur for any number of reasons. A common reason is children playing in kitchens. For example, if a caregiver leaves a hot oven door open and a toddler wanders into the kitchen and touches the oven, the child can suffer severe burns. If this happens in a daycare or other childcare setting this can be a sign of neglect or failure to keep a safe environment. This type of situation can easily be avoided by putting up baby-gates and proper supervision.
C. Car Crash
- Car crashes are unpredictable. Additionally, these world-shattering events can lead to lifelong changes. Unfortunately, traffic accidents are the leading cause of unintentional injuries in children ages 0-19. Like adults, children are entitled to compensation for injuries sustained in car accidents.
- A timeless pastime during the summer is swimming and other water-based activities. However, along with fun activities, the water brings in a tide of danger for young children. For example, drowning accidents are far too common in young children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in ever 5 drowning victims is a child under the age 14. In some cases, drowning injuries are the result of a property owner’s negligence. Property owners have a responsibility to keep swimming pools safe environments. Negligence includes lack of supervision (lifeguards), failure to cover pools or hot tubs, shallow water, poor diving board maintenance, gates or barriers to prevent children from entering the premises. Swimming pools are an example of an attractive nuisance.
- When our children are first born, we baby proof the house. But as our children age, we may forget to replace outlet covers, leaving it open to our curious children sticking objects in them. Additionally, frayed extension cords or children wanting to take their devices in the bathtub can lead to electrocution. Electrocution causes major destruction to the heart and brain. It is important to make sure any daycares or child care providers have taken precautions to prevent these types of child injuries.
- Fireworks awe audiences, but they also cause more than 9,000 injuries every year. Children under the age of five are the second most affected group of firework injuries. A majority of these industries occur to hands and fingers, and burns represent more than 69 percent of the injuries. When fireworks malfunction, they can cause child injuries in several ways. For example, poorly manufactured fireworks can explode prematurely. Additionally, a defective fuse might ignite the explosive powders. Fireworks can also take unpredictable flight paths that injure child spectators.
- Gun safety is key to good gun ownership. Guns are the third leading cause of death for children in The United States. Many of those deaths are from homicide or suicide. These sobering numbers are a reminder that gun owners shouldn’t rely on their children’s judgment to stay away from a gun. Instead, if you are a proud owner of one of the 270-310 million guns in the United States then you have a responsibility to keep your guns locked away from children.
H. Head Injury
- Head or brain injuries are the most common childhood injuries. Children are most likely to sustain these types of injuries in a car accident. These injuries can lead to traumatic brain injuries. There are a number of ways a child can suffer from this infliction. For example, car crashes, falls and sports injuries can result in concussions or other brain injuries.
- Infections are fairly common among children. However, when a child is bitten by a dog, suffers a cut in a car accident or gets a laceration or puncture another way, they are at risk for infection. It is important to clean the wound and seek medical attention if the signs of infection begin. If your child suffers a severe injury, infection signs to look out for include: pus, redness around the injury, red streaks that run from the cut toward your heart, pain worsens after a few days, sores that look like a blister or a fever develops.
J. Jumping on Trampoline
- Bouncing is such a childhood staple that there are even nursery rhymes about it. In order to get children to stop jumping on couches or on beds, many parents purchase trampolines. However, trampolines can be a breeding ground for child injuries. Children can break bones if they fall or land the wrong way. Additionally, children can suffer from head, spine and abdominal injuries on trampolines. These injuries occur when are catapulted out of trampolines through unzipped nets or netless trampolines. Also, risks increase when more than the recommended number of children are on the trampoline at the same time. Trampolines are an attractive nuisance and can lure children on to a homeowner’s property. Property owners also have a responsibility to keep their yards and trampolines inaccessible by children who may not understand the dangers of unsupervised trampoline use.
- Is a form of brain damage caused by excessive bilirubin. This condition can be a form of medical malpractice. Negligent doctors failing to diagnose or treat a baby for jaundice can have serious consequences for a baby.
L. Limb loss
- Limb loss can occur for a number of medical reasons, but they can also occur because of traumatic events. More than 600 children undergo lawn mower-related amputations every year. The Amputee Coalition suggests keeping children indoors while you are mowing the lawn. Additionally, children shouldn’t play on or near lawn mowers, even if it’s turned off, nor should they ride on a riding lawn mower with you.
M. Malfunctioning products
- Any product that leads to the injury of a person because of faulty labeling, poor designs or defective manufacturing is considered a defective product. These products can range from a child’s toy to car tires. It is best to register all of your products with the manufacturers so you will know as soon as possible if a recall occurs.
N. Neglect and Abuse
- Neglect is a form of child injury and abuse that occurs when a trusted caregiver fails to properly care for a child. Unfortunately, neglect can occur at daycares or schools. A few common signs of neglect and abuse to look out for are extreme changes in behavior, bruises, welts, hungry or thirsty when picked up, sent home with soiled diapers, long lasting diapers rashes, fear of going to daycare and more.
- For children ages 10 to 14, overexertion of is one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries. Coaches can put child athletes through strenuous conditioning exercises and develop a condition called overexertion. Overexertion is caused by repetitive motion. The condition degrades tissues and can require extensive surgery. When tissue dies, a sepsis infection can set in.
- Unintentional child poisoning is a health priority. Acute poisonings are preventable child injuries. Every day more than 300 children in the United States are treated in the emergency room for poisoning. Household cleaners are not the only dangerous substances in your home poisonous to children. Children getting into prescribed medicine cabinets can present overdosing dangers. Additionally, medication dosing mistakes can lead to unfortunate consequences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends keeping medicines and toxic products in their original packaging in a place where children can see or get them. Additionally, follow label instructions carefully and put the nationwide poison control center phone number, 1-800-222-1222 in a prominent place in your home.
- Some of the most shared pictures on social media are of dogs and small children. However, it is always important to keep in mind that dog bites can lead to deadly consequences for small children and severe injuries that lead to limb loss. For example, dogs may be carriers of rabies. While your child may love animals, not all dogs are friendly. In order to prevent a heartbreaking injury that costs your child a loss in quality of life—or death—it is important to keep a watchful eye on your child at all times. On the other hand, if you have dangerous animals, you must keep the animal in a secure enclosure at all times.
S. Slips, Trips and Falls
- Slips, trip and falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for children. Nearly 8,000 children are treated in emergency rooms across the country. Unfortunately, not all of the injuries are the result of accidents. Children can get injured on properties where the owner is negligent. Trip and falls or slip and falls can happen on a playground at school or even because of poor lighting, uneven floors or surfaces, debris on floors, potholes or other hazards.
T. Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries are one of the worst injuries a child can sustain. The consequences of a traumatic brain injury can lead to costly lifelong disabilities. With that in mind, head or brain injuries are the most common child injuries. Children are most likely to sustain these types of injuries in a car accident. There are a number of incidents that put children at risk for traumatic brain injuries. For example, car crashes, falls and sports injuries can result in concussions or other brain injuries.
U. Urinary Tract Infection
- Urinary Tract Infections are another sign of child abuse and sexual abuse.
V. Viral Internet Challenges
- Kids have been doing less than smart challenges since the dawn of time. However, what used to spread by word of mouth now reaches thousands of children in high speed. From the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge to the Fire Challenge, to most recently the Tide Pods Challenge, the internet is a breeding ground for some of the more bizarre child injuries. It is important to monitor your children’s activities online and try to stay up to date on the latest social media trends.
W. Wrongful Death
- The worst child injuries sustained are the ones that result in death. When a person is killed because of the negligence or misconduct of another it can be difficult to process. These unexpected events take an emotional toll on parents.
Y. Youth Sports Injuries
- Of all the things on this list, sports injuries are on the more wholesome side of child injuries. While they are still unfortunate injuries, they are part of life for active children. Sprains, strains, tears, overexertion and fractures are just some of the many injuries children get while playing sports. However, in some cases, these injuries can be the direct result of negligence. For example, extreme coaching strategies that put your child in danger are a form of negligence.
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The Carlson Difference
Injuries happen. But a lot of injuries that happen to children are largely preventable. They occur because of the negligence of others. If your child has been injuries The Carlson Law Firm is a team of personal injury lawyers, investigators and nurses with a commitment to fighting for justice. Our team of Child Injury Attorneys can help you get justice if your child was injured by the negligence of another. Contact The Carlson Law Firm today discuss your case with a qualified attorney.
- Written by Kazia Conway