Preventing Personal Injuries In Children
With warmer weather here and summer fast approaching, it is time for parents to consider how they will keep their children occupied over the school breaks. While playgrounds, swimming, summer camp, and other recreation activities all provide fun and physical fitness, they also create opportunities for accidents to occur.
Children are not immune to the devastating effects that can result from slips, falls, and other types of personal injuries. While they often recover more quickly than adults, there is the chance that an injury can interfere with their development and cause lasting impairments. The following outlines some of the most common types of childhood injuries, as well as tips on how you may be able to prevent them.
Common Types of Childhood Injuries
It is important for children to get plenty of sunshine, fresh air, and time to play, but it is also important to be aware of the potential dangers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 9 million children visit hospital emergency rooms each year as the result of accidental injuries, and for as many as 12,000 others, these injuries prove fatal. Among the most common types of serious and potentially life threatening childhood injuries include:
- Drowning, which can occur at public or pools, or in lakes, oceans, and other bodies of water;
- Burns, which can be caused by bonfires, grills, hot surfaces, liquids, or steam;
- Traffic accidents, which can occur as passengers in vehicles, as bicyclists, or pedestrians;
- Sports injuries, which can happen in school or recreational programs;
- Falls, which can occur on playground equipment or from slippery or uneven surfaces.
Tips To Prevent Childhood Injuries
While it is impossible for parents to keep an eye on their children at all time, there are some simple precautions you can take to help prevent personal injuries from occurring. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following:
- Never leave children unsupervised near water.
- When boating, make sure children wear an approved life vest.
- Make sure neighborhood playground equipment is in proper condition and has cushioned surface to protect against falls.
- When driving, use age appropriate car seats, and ensure older children wear a seat belt.
- Teach children to look right, then left, the right again before crossing the street, and to use crosswalks when available.
- When riding bikes, scooters, or skateboards, make sure they use an approved helmet and safety gear, such as knee and elbow pads.
We Are Prepared to Assist You Today
If your child suffers injuries in an accident or due to another’s reckless conduct, contact our experienced Florida personal injury attorney today. At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III, we can advise you on the best course of action, while providing experienced, professional legal representation to help you get the compensation your child needs to recover. We serve Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, Vero Beach, Saint Lucie, and Indian River Counties; call or contact us online today for a free consultation.