Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) an average of 12,175 children age 0 to 19 die each year in the United
States from unintentional injuries? Preventable injuries are the leading
cause of morbidity and mortality among children in the United States,
with an estimated 9.2 million children receiving emergency room treatment
related to unintentional injuries. Fortunately, with a little foresight
and by exercising certain precautions, many of these injuries can be avoided.
The seven most common causes of childhood injury are as follows:
Transportation accidents: According to the CDC,
transportation accidents are the greatest cause of child injuries, including
bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. To prevent these types of injuries, it is recommended
you always make sure your kids buckle up or are secured in a properly
installed car seat, check around your car for playing children prior to
backing up, and always supervise your children while riding their bikes,
scooters, or skateboards.
Choking, strangulation, and suffocation: Very young children put pretty much everything in their mouths and can
easily choke. Likewise, drawstrings, cords, or ribbons can become tangled
around a child’s neck and cause strangulation. Parents can minimize
these hazards by keeping cribs and beds away from windows with blinds
or cords, keeping small items away from children, and by learning emergency
first aid for choking and CPR.
Drowning: Drowning remains a leading cause of death for kids under the age of 14,
with even small amounts of water posing a drowning risk for young kids.
Supervision around swimming pools, spas, whirlpools, and bath tubs can
be particularly crucial to preventing these injuries, as well as ensuring
your child uses an approved life vest while swimming.
Poisoning: The CDC estimates that more than 300 children are treated for poisoning
in emergency rooms in the United States every day. Commonly swallowed
or ingested poisonous substances include shampoo, aftershave, perfume,
cleaning products, hand sanitize, e-cigarette fluids, incorrect doses
of prescription drugs, and carbon monoxide from gas appliances.
Fire and burns: Children are frequently burned from excessive sun exposure, electrical
shocks, stovetops, ovens fireplaces, scalding liquids, lamps, and lit
cigarettes. To minimize this risk, be sure to install smoke alarms on
every floor of your home, never leave cooking food unattended, keep pot
handles out of reach, and set you water heater to no higher than 120 degrees
Falls: While falls and tumbles are inevitable while children learn to stand,
walk, run, and climb, some falls can cause more serious head injuries,
bone fractures, or contusions. Some of the most common places children
fall from include highchairs, beds, stairs, play equipment, ad shopping carts.
Sports injuries: Muscle pulls, heat stroke, extreme dehydration, concussions, and broken
bones frequently result from participation in sports. Be sure to encourage
your children to engage in proper warmup routines and take frequent rest
breaks, as well as ensure they wear the proper safety gear while engaging
in an athletic activity.
While vigilant supervision can prevent most of these injuries, nobody can
ever truly foresee the negligent actions of another person. If your child
has been injured by a
dangerous product or due to another party’s carelessness, contact the knowledgeable
Toledo child injury attorneys at Williams DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A.
today. Having recovered more than $50 million in
verdicts and settlements for our injured clients, our powerful advocates can guard your child’s
rights and help you pursue full and fair financial compensation for their
Call (419) 318-0772 or
contact our office online today to review your legal options.