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Common Causes of Injuries in Children

Unintentional injuries, or accidents, are the leading cause of death in the United States for children aged 1 to 19 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2009, child and adolescent unintentional injuries resulted in approximately 9,000 deaths and 225,000 hospitalizations. Sadly, most of these injuries could have been prevented.

Below are some of the most common preventable injuries that children suffer:

  • Motor vehicle accidents: Car accidents are the leading cause of injury-related death of children in the United States, according to the CDC.
  • Pedestrian accidents: More than 500 children are killed in pedestrian accidents every year, according to the CDC. In 2010, almost one-fifth of the children between the ages of five and nine killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
  • Drowning accidents: Approximately, one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger, the CDC reports. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries
  • Playground accidents: An estimated 200,000 children under the age of 14 are treated in hospitals for playground injuries every year, according to the CDC.
  • Fall injuries: Each day, approximately 8,000 children require emergency room treatment for fall-related injuries, according to the CDC.
  • Dog bite injuries: Children ages 5 to 9 years old are at greatest risk for dog bite injuries, according to the CDC. Young children are also more prone to serious injury in a mauling or other animal attack.
  • Sports injuries: Organized sporting activities result in nearly three million child injuries every year, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Injuries range from sprains to concussions to growth plate injuries.

Because children’s delicate bodies are less equipped to sustain serious trauma, injuries can be severe. When faced with catastrophic injuries such as paralysis or brain damage, children could face a lifetime of medical treatment.

When someone else’s negligence injures your child, you are entitled to pursue compensation on the child’s behalf. However, in many case, the full extent of your child’s physical and psychological injuries may not yet be apparent. It is important to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer to obtain a comprehensive evaluation of all potential medical treatment, personal care, rehabilitation and other services your child may need in the future.

If your child or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, please contact a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.