child injury

How often does often does unintentional child injury occur?

As a parent, child injury resulting from a careless or reckless caregiver, or due to another's negligence is absolutely heartbreaking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional injuries such as those caused by burns, drowning, falls, poisoning, and car wrecks – are the leading cause of death among children in the United States.

The latest data compiled in the CDC Childhood Injury Report: Patterns of Unintentional Injuries Among 0-19 Year Olds in the United States found:

  • On average, over 12,000 children 0 to 19 die each year in the U.S. due to an unintentional injury
  • The death rate for males is almost double the rate for females
  • Car accidents are the leading cause of death among children
  • Emergency departments treat 9.5 million children each year for an unintentional injury
  • Every year, nearly 3 million children visit the emergency room after a fall
  • Suffocation is the leading cause of death for infants
  • Auto accidents are the leading cause of death in children over the age of five

According to the CDC, the major causes of nonfatal injuries in children, include falls, being struck by or against an object, animal bites, overexertion, and motor vehicle accidents.

What are the some of the long-terms effects of child injuries?

Even though an injury may not be fatal, it may still have life-lasting consequences for the child. Burn injuries and dog bites can cause permanent scarring and disfigurement. Children may suffer from permanent brain damage from near-drowning, falls, and automobile accidents resulting in a significantly reduced quality of life.

When should I file a child injury claim?

If your child was injured in a car wreck, at a pool, daycare, or on public or private property, it is likely they are entitled to compensation. Children lack the maturity and foresight to avoid all danger. Therefore, caregivers and adults are responsible for keeping them safe, and preventing foreseeable injuries.

Call Kelly Reed (304-292-2020) for a free consultation if you think you're child has been wrongfully injured.