New York City Personal Injury Law Blog
Summer Accidents to Prevent this Year
Posted on May 12, 2016 in Personal Injury
According to a report published in the journal, Pediatrics, the leading cause of death in children is preventable injuries. Unintentional accidents cause more than 12,000 pediatric deaths each year in the United States.
This means that over 30 children die every day in the country and those who do not succumb to their injuries still account for 9.2 million hospital visits every year. Summer is a time for fun and play, but there are many accidents that can occur during this time of the year, endangering your child.
Common Types of Summer Accidents
Here is a look at some of the most common summer accidents that you should avoid to keep children safe.
Falls – When it comes to summer injuries, falls have been consistently on top of the list. While trampolines are known to be dangerous, children sustain many injuries from objects that parents assume are much safer. According to the CDC, more than 200,000 children aged 14 and younger are treated for playground-related injuries each year in hospital emergency departments. Playground equipment cause a large number of injuries in summer, so it is important for parents to make sure that the playground they go to is safe and well-maintained.
Bicycle–related Injuries – Close to 325,000 children below the age of 19 are treated in emergency rooms every year across the United States for bicycle-related and motor vehicle injuries. While the most injured areas are the arms and legs, the most serious are head injuries and are the leading cause of death in this group. It is important to ensure that children wear helmets and that parents teach them road safety.
Drownings – During this time of the year, near-drownings are a major problem. While these accidents often occur in landscape pools and backyard pools, it can also happen in just a few inches of water. Parents should make sure that there is always supervision while children play in swimming pools. If they are in public pools, they should make sure that the pool owner or management, has taken all adequate measures to ensure safety, such as fences around the pool. Private and public pool owners can be held liable for injuries or deaths that occur in accidents in their pool.
Burns – With more use of outdoor grills, campfires, and fireworks in the summer, it is no wonder that burn injuries are common during this time of the year. It is estimated that fireworks injure about 10,000 people in the US every year.
Older children often visit doctors with “flash burns” which are caused by direct contact with fire such as fireworks and campfires while younger children are often treated for “scald burns” caused by contact with heat from hot pans or food or water burns. There should be adult supervision at all times when children are in close proximity to fires, fireworks or hot food and other items.
We Know How to Win
If you or your loved one has been injured in a summer accident, you should contact one of the qualified and reliable personal injury lawyers at Rosenberg, Minc, Falloff & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280.
Winning is what we do. RMFW Law wins all the time. This is because we work hard and know how to put together a winning case. We also can detect a winning case when we see one. Give us a call. We look forward to hearing what you have to say.