The first few years of a child’s life are some of the most critical. During this time, not only are they laying the foundation for the rest of their lives, but they’re also up against some serious risks for injuries and death.
According to the World Health Organization, there were close to 7 million children under the age of 5 who died in 2012. And our child injury attorneys in West Palm Beach are dedicated to raising awareness about the risks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that addressing all causes of child injury is important. However, for practical purposes, we are limiting this coverage to unintentional injuries. Unintentional injuries are predictable and preventable when proper safety precautions are taken – they are not “accidents.”
Top 5 Unintentional Injuries for Children Under 5:
-Motor Vehicle Accidents: When riding along with young passengers, it’s critical that children are always properly buckled in the proper child car seat. As children grow, how they sit in your car will change. Make sure the car seat you purchase is designed to fit your child’s current size and age.
-Suffocation: To help protect young children from suffocation, make sure you never lay them facing down. Never put them in a crib with super soft bedding. You also want to keep large blankets and heavy pillows out of their cribs, too. It’s important to keep them away from all plastics and small toys. Children will put anything in their mouths. Always keep a watchful eye.
-Drowning: Make sure you ALWAYS supervise young children when in or around a pool or spa. Make sure that you’re attentive and there is a cell phone or house phone nearby. Never leave toys in or around the pool. And if your child is missing in or around the home, make sure you check the pool first. Seconds can mean the difference between life and death in these situations.
-Poisoning: From fertilizer to antifreeze and medicines to makeup, poisonous items show up throughout our homes. Never rely on packaging to save children. Childproof does not always mean childproof. Never leave vitamin bottles, aspirin bottles, or other medications on kitchen tables, countertops, bedside tables, or dresser tops. Small children may decide to try to copy adults and help themselves.
-Fire/Burns: Home fires can start and spread quickly, which is why we all need to be careful and educated when it comes to fire safety. Just a little bit of planning can make a big difference for your family. Be sure that children are always supervised around hot surfaces. Talk with them about the risks and the dangers involved with playing with fire. Children should know how to respond when a smoke detector goes off. It’s a good idea to teach them to get low and get out when they hear it. A child who is coached properly ahead of time will have a better chance to stay safe.
If you or your child has been involved in an accident, contact the Hollander Law Firm at 888-751-7770 for a free and confidential consultation. There is no fee unless we win.