Child injuries, and fatal child injuries, are unfortunately common. While the loss of a child is never easy to bear, the loss can be especially painful when the passing is unexpected, as is the case with many unintentional injuries, because the parents have no way of preparing for the shock. More than any other thing, unintentional injury accounts for 30% of all fatalities of children between the ages of one and 14 in the U.S. every year. In 2009, more than 6 million children in that age range suffered from non-fatal injuries, mostly from falls. Other deaths were the result of car accidents, drowning, fires, and suffocation.
Other unfortunately common causes of child injuries include:
- Playground accidents
- Defective products
- Striking or being struck against an object
- Dog bites / Animal attacks
While the majority of fatal and non-fatal unintentional child injuries occur at home, there are instances where a child is injured through the negligence or recklessness of another person. In many states, the parents of a child who had wantonly and willfully injured another child may be held liable under civil law.
Some physical injuries affecting children are mild; the more lasting injury to the victim is fear and emotional trauma. Other injuries are more severe and can have lifelong financial, physical, and emotional effects on the victim and the family, such as brain and spinal cord injuries. In cases where the negligence, carelessness, or irresponsible behavior or conduct of another person results in injury or injury-related death to a child, an attorney should be consulted. Such extreme and damaging negligence cannot go unpunished, and the victim and the victim’s family should not carry the costs of the child’s injury-related expenses alone. While nothing can erase the damage that results from a child injury, in some cases, taking legal action, or seeking counseling for both the child and their family, can help accident victims to gain closure and move on after an accident.