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Are Child Injuries Declining?

As San Diego accident attorneys, we were pleased to learn that fatalities from unintentional child injuries declined nearly 30% in the United States from 2000 through 2009. The decrease is largely attributed to a 41% drop in deaths in car crashes, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this month.

While the findings are encouraging, injury is still the leading cause of death among children. In fact, according to Dr. Ileana Arias, principal deputy director of the CDC, “The rate is among the worst of all high-income countries.”

Officials are also afraid that it may be difficult to lower the rate further because of sharp increases in two areas: a 91% increase in poisoning deaths among teenagers (largely attributable to prescription drug abuse) and a 54% increase in suffocation deaths among infants.

Below are some additional findings revealed in the CDC report:

  • Nearly 9,000 infants, children and teenagers died of accidental injuries in 2009, about one every hour. That represents about 1 in every 5 childhood deaths.
  • For every accidental death, there were 25 hospitalizations and 925 visits to the emergency room. Every 4 seconds, a child is treated for injury in an ER. In 2005, the last year for which figures are available, those injuries cost nearly $11.5 billion in medical expenses.
  • The nationwide childhood death rate averaged 11 deaths per 100,000 children in 2009, but the rate varied widely. The rates ranged from fewer than 5 deaths per 100,000 in Massachusetts and New Jersey to more than 23 deaths per 100,000 in South Dakota and Mississippi. California had a rate of 7.5 deaths per 100,000, well below the national average.

Source: Los Angeles Times

If your child has been seriously injured in a accident, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.