As a parent, you want to keep your child as safe as possible. But even if you take every action imaginable to protect your child from the world, he or she is going to get hurt at some point.
Accidents happen for a variety of reasons. In many cases, children get hurt because of the negligence of another person or entity. If this happens to your son or daughter, you may be able to pursue monetary damages via a personal injury lawsuit. Below are some of the common causes of childhood injuries that can have legal ramifications.
Motor vehicle collisions
According to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, car accidents are the leading cause of fatal injuries in children. Approximately 150 kids go to the emergency room for severe car accident injuries every hour. You should hold a negligent motorist accountable for hurting your child.
Falling accidents are most likely to cause non-deadly injuries in children. Roughly 8,000 children go to emergency departments every day due to fall injuries. Falls can occur due to negligent property owners who fail to keep their premises free of hazards. If your child gets an injury by slipping, tripping or falling, premises liability laws may apply.
Children between the ages of one and four are most likely to die from drowning. About three kids die daily from downing. Property owners have legal obligations to keep pools on their properties safe. This includes owners of apartment complexes, water parks and public pools. Premises liability means your child deserves to be safe while near or in a pool.
Infants and toddlers have a high risk of suffocating. This can occur due to defects in products such as pacifiers and toys. If a defective product results in your child suffocating, you may be able to pursue a product liability claim against the manufacturer or third parties.