Each year, millions of children sustain injuries that could have been prevented. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2011, an estimated total of 2.5 million children in the U.S. below the age of five sustained non-intentional, non-fatal injuries requiring emergency medical treatment. This means that for every 100 children, there are 12.4 injury cases.
Child accident cases in the U.S. have increased for four straight years, and many experts believe that the increase of these cases is linked to the use of smartphones that easily distract parents.
The most common causes of child injury are car accidents, swimming-related accidents, playground equipment, fireworks, ingestion of household products that are hazardous to children, lead poisoning, falls, household fires, and dangerous children’s products.
Every child is entitled to live in a safe and healthy environment. However, they can easily become victims of the negligence or abuse of other individuals because children are vulnerable and are not able to care for themselves. Sadly, most child injury cases are due to the negligence or carelessness of another person or entity, such as a reckless driver, a manufacturer of dangerous toys or improperly-designed cribs, a negligent pool or amusement park owner, a negligent medical professional, and so on. Children may also suffer serious injuries because of the misconduct of another person, such as an ill-tempered babysitter or an abusive day care worker.
Certain injuries can result in life-long consequences, such as severe injuries that require extensive surgery and long-term medical treatments. In some tragic cases, the injuries sustained by children can result in permanent disability or even death.
If children suffer injuries due to the negligence or misconduct of another person or entity, their parents can file a personal injury claim seeking compensation for medical treatment and health care costs. Parents may also seek compensation for pain and suffering, losses, and emotional trauma sustained by their children as a result of their injuries.
Proving negligence and liability in a child accident claim is often tricky. If your child suffered injuries due to the negligence or misconduct of another person or entity, you may contact The Grossman Law Firm today for a free consultation and be represented by a competent personal injury attorney on a contingency fee basis. Our fees are based on a percentage of the recovery from settlement or verdict of your case. Depending on the severity of the injuries, we will travel to you or arrange transportation for you if needed.
Call the Grossman Law Firm today at (732) 943-0383 for a free consultation.