The fun of being a child is running, jumping, playing, and trying new things, but, because they are young and still developing, children tend to do these things in clumsy or awkward ways. Every parent has experienced their child coming home with a new bruise or scrape. Minor colds, fevers and infections are also common. Children usually bounce back easily from such minor issues, but some child injuries and illnesses are not caused by a child’s innocent curiosity or clumsiness. The negligence and/or wrongdoing of others can also cause children’s injuries and these are not always so easy to recover from.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Drownings are the leading cause of injury and/or death for children between 1 and 4 years-old. Three children die as a result of drowning every day;
- 435 children, ages 0-19, are treated in emergency room departments every day for burn-related injuries. Two children die from burn injuries every day.
- Falls are the main cause of non-fatal child injuries. Approximately 8,000 children are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries;
- 374 children are treated in emergency departments and two die every day as a result of poisonings;
- 150 children are treated in emergency departments for injuries caused by vehicle crashes every hour; and
- Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children between 5 and 19 years-old.
Other causes for children’s injuries include defective, unsafe, or recalled child products such as toys, strollers, cribs, car seats and even clothing. Many of the causes of child injury and death, as identified by the CDC, may be the result of negligent supervision. Violence and abuse can also cause devastating injuries.
Children have the right to a bright and promising future. If your child has been injured in Georgia by the negligence or wrongdoing of another, our dedicated Atlanta child injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., can help you pursue compensation for the losses and damages your child has suffered. Child injuries cannot always be prevented, but a child’s future can be protected. To learn more about how we can help you and your child, call us today for a consultation at 866-249-5513 or 404-995-3955.