Common causes of catastrophic injuries in children

Children are precious beings whom we love and protect. Yet, unintentional accidents remain a significant reason that so many young lives are lost.

Life is full of dangers and unpredictability, but most incidents are completely preventable and happen due to a lack of safety precautions and supervision. A little awareness can go a long way in avoiding these common causes of catastrophic injuries and wrongful death in children.

Swimming pools

Between parties and vacations, swimming pools are a large component of summer activities. They, along with other bodies of water, are also the number one source of fatalities for toddlers, reports the National Safety Council. Children 5 to 14 are not immune, as drowning is the second-most common cause of death for that age group. The number of those who do not die but sustain injuries is even higher. 

Car accidents

Despite the benefits of modern car seats and other protective safety features, motor vehicle accidents still take the lives of too many minors. Young children are more susceptible to severe harm, and older children may ride with inexperienced or drunk drivers, or they may forget to wear their seatbelts. Vehicles may also malfunction and be responsible for an accident. 

Household items

The home is supposed to be the safest place for children, but often holds the most danger. Kids are curious. They like to get into things, try things out, taste things, climb on things, etc. These behaviors lead to common household hazards such as: 

  • Eating a poisonous substance
  • Choking on an object
  • Falling from stairs or furniture
  • Getting stuck in places or under heavy items
  • Using a dangerous product

Consequences include suffocation, strangulation, electrocution, physical reactions, amputation, broken bones, burns, lacerations, concussions and more. Sometimes, the fault lies with defective or unknowingly harmful products, in which case you would be able to sue the manufacturer and/or retailer.

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