Children become increasingly independent as they age, motivating many parents and caregivers to give their kids some space — and that’s natural and good.
Just the same, parents need to be watchful that their children don’t end up seriously injured via some incredibly common mistakes.
What are the most common childhood injuries?
National Institutes for Health (NIH) research shows that at least three children on average per day die in drowning incidents in the U.S. The death rate is highest among kids between one and four years of age. Many are due to pool owners not installing fences to deter such accidents from happening or the lack of other safety measures that should be in place.
Kids also spend significant amounts of time in automobiles, whether it’s a school bus, a church van or a caregiver’s vehicle. It, therefore, shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that some 150 kids end up being seen in hospitals daily in the U.S., many with injuries attributable to car crashes.
Finally, falls are a big injury risk for kids. NIH data shows that nearly 8,000 kids visit the emergency room after suffering a fall injury every year. While these incidents are unlikely to claim a child’s life, there are plenty of other severe injuries that kids may suffer that may require a lifetime of care.
Holding others accountable for your child’s injuries
Thankfully, while it’s not overly common, there are instances in which Coral Gables caregivers such as teachers, daycare workers or nannies fail to uphold their obligation to keep a close eye on the children they’re supposed to protect. Property owners, too, can be held responsible for failing to keep their premises reasonably safe.
An attorney may advise you how Florida law allows you to recover compensation for medical bills and other damages when your child has been hurt through another party’s negligence.