Among the most common causes of childhood injuries are fires, burns, suffocation, drowning, choking, falls, poisoning and firearm accidents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most home accidents happen where there’s water – either in the bathroom, the kitchen, a swimming pool or in a hot tub. Many other child-related accidents occur on the athletic field, where there is often inadequate training, lack of supervision and insufficient safety gear or necessary precautions.
Children are also seriously injured every year in auto accidents, based on a failure to use proper car seats and seat belts. Still other children are harmed while using bicycles, motorbikes, skateboards, scooters and skates.
Many of these accidents are caused by the lack of a helmet or defective headgear, or by poorly maintained or poorly fitted equipment.
Yet other sources of injury for children include swallowing, tampering with, or misusing medications, laundry packets, and button batteries. Defective toys and inappropriate toys (based on age group or weight classification) account for another troubling statistic involving childhood injuries. At home – or other people’s homes – children also frequently get injured in glass-related accidents, and in mishaps involving furniture and horseplay.
Strangulation cases have been reported among younger children who become tangled in looped cords and chains hanging from window blinds. In rental properties, children are often injured by defective flooring, electrical appliances and switches, other utility mishaps, water leakage and mold contamination.
At the Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick, we thoroughly investigate every child injury case to explore all possible causes and related circumstances. In some cases, children are injured simply because they are children—they’re too small to reach something or to stop something from falling; they’re blindly inquisitive and they stick their fingers or feet where they shouldn’t go, or they’re running, playing, pushing, shoving and wrestling with other children.
Often, however, these circumstances are the product of inadequate supervision by parents, teachers or caregivers. Where adults could have, and should have, prevented an accident from occurring, a legal cause of action may be presented.
If your child has been injured, contact child injury lawyer Mark S. Guralnick for a free consultation. Take a few minutes to discuss the behavioral risk factors, the duties of caregivers, school officials and other responsible parties, and the tell-tale signs that adults have breached their responsibilities to protect children from injury.
The Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick is committed to protecting and safeguarding children and welcomes all inquiries in this area.