Common Injuries to Children
Injuries can happen to people of any age, and some age groups are more prone to serious injuries than others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for people from one year old to 44 years old. Children are especially susceptible to accidents and injuries, many of which can cause lasting effects for much of their lives.
Most Common Accidental Injuries to Children
The CDC further breaks down the types of accidental injuries that cause the most fatalities for each age group. The following are the most common severe injuries to children ages one to 14, not including homicide or suicide:
- Motor vehicle accidents – There are many ways that children can be seriously injured in traffic accidents, including as passengers in cars, as pedestrians, while riding a bicycle, and more. Children have no control over the actions of drivers, and when drivers are not paying attention or engaging in other risky behaviors, they can easily cause accidents that change the course of a child’s life.
- Unintentional drowning – When you think of drowning accidents, you might first think about swimming pools. Swimming pool and hot tub accidents are a primary cause of drowning among children, and many of these accidents happen because a property owner failed to meet the safety standards required for pools and spas. Drowning can also result from boating accidents, and children can drown in only a few inches of water if left unattended by a babysitter or someone else tasked with their care.
- Fire and burn injuries – Children might be curious about fire, and might accidentally start one with a lighter that does not have proper childproofing. Fires can also start in the home due to faulty wiring, appliances, or electronics. Fire is also not the only cause of burn injuries to children, as they can sustain serious burns from coming into contact with steam, hot liquids, or hot surfaces. Burns are highly painful, come with a significant risk of infection, require extensive medical treatment, and might leave a child permanently disfigured.
There are many additional accidents that can cause injuries to children, such as:
- Playground accidents
- Defective toys or games
- Defective infant and toddler products
- Assaults due to inadequate security
When an accident that injures your child happens due to another person’s negligence, it is important to know your rights. Your family could be entitled to compensation for your child’s medical expenses, pain and suffering, permanent disabilities from the injury, and more.
Contact Our Santa Ana Personal Injury Lawyers for Help You Can Trust
At the office of Hess & Nghiem, Attorneys at Law, our Santa Ana injury lawyers represent the rights of injured accident victims of all ages, including children. We know that injuries to children can be costly and can impact their futures in many ways, and we are here to fight for your rights. We handle the entire claim process from start to finish, so please do not wait to contact us online or call (657) 333-5726 for a free consultation.