Each year, millions of children in the U.S. make trips to the emergency room. In fact, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are over 33 million visits to the ER each year by people aged 18 and under. Of the total number of ER visits, nearly 12 million or 35% are related to an injury.
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The CDC has also found that roughly 12,000 kids aged 0-19 die each year due to unintentional injuries. To put that number into perspective, that’s about 33 children each day. Top causes of child injuries include:
A look at child injury data from 2014 reveals that 1,083 children died in auto crashes and 647 died due to drowning. Nearly 1,200 children died due to suffocation, the vast majority of which (991) were infants under the age of 1.
Hands down, auto accidents is the top cause of child injuries. This includes pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents. Auto accident related injuries are highest for older children, those between 15 to 19 years of age.
Fall accidents remain one of the top causes of nonfatal injuries for children under the age of 15. In fact, each year, nearly 3 million children visit the ER due to injuries from a fall accident. With respect to young children under the age of 1, falls account for more than 50% of all nonfatal injuries. Older children often sustain injuries due to falls at a playground and falls sustained during sports. For example, a child playing basketball may get hit hard, fall over and break an ankle or wrist.
Unfortunately, many children who have valid legal claims will never seek legal recourse, simply because their parents are misinformed or choose not to take legal action.
Parents whose children are seriously injured in an accident often don’t know whether their child has any legal rights to compensation, which they often do. In the aftermath of a serious injury, parents focus on their child and may not be thinking of preserving their child’s legal rights to compensation.
Oftentimes, individuals and companies may be held liable for a child’s injury. Common parties in a child injury case include property owners and businesses. Under the laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, children are entitled to compensation when another party was negligent in causing an accident. It’s crucial for parents to pursue all avenues to ensure that their child is compensated for medical bills, future medical care needs and pain and suffering.
Related: Philadelphia Businesses Must Secure Buildings to Avoid Liability for Child/Teen Accidents [This article discusses a business’ duty to secure buildings and avoid liability for pedestrian or bystander injuries. Failing to secure property in the face of a known risk will subject a property owner to liability.]
Laffey, Bucci & Kent handles a variety of child injury cases including auto accidents, sports accidents, playground accidents, and defective product injuries. Our attorneys have over 50 years of experience representing residents of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Because construction sites are busy places, multiple parties may be held liable for a construction accident injury. Injured workers have the legal right to seek compensation for negligence committed by general contractors, subcontractors, owners, architects, etc.
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