Child injuries are the most susceptible to many types of severe bodily injuries because of their participation in so many dynamic activities. Injuries can vary from skinned knees to broken bones. Some which can mean permanent disability and death. The effects of injuries on a child may have profound effects upon their physical, emotional and intellectual development.
Injuries are a major source of childhood hospital admissions. Nearly 19,000 children younger than the age of five have been hospitalized for acute injuries and of that nearly 2,000 had injuries from abuse. Children that were abused had more severe injuries and were more likely to be admitted to intensive care. Childhood injuries are the leading cause of death among children age 14 and under and account for $175 billion in spending for medical expenses and other costs.
Overview of Child Injuries
Child injuries can result from defective products, automobile accidents, drowning, falls, suffocation and negligence. Unintentional injuries account for more than 5,000 childhood deaths each year. Many of those deaths could have been prevented by following simple safety precautions. Airway obstruction is the most common cause of injury-related death among young children. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related to death among children ages 1 to 14. Children should always be closely supervised to prevent unintentional injuries.
Who Can File a Claim?
If an accident occurs when the child is a minor, the statutes of limitations is extended to two years from the date the minor turns 18. Minors must have a legal guardian to file the claim on their behalf. Parents have the legal right to be compensated for both the financial drain and emotional injury that comes from caring for an injured child. A child injury attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve.