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Common Child Injuries in Florida

Posted in Personal Injury on December 2, 2019

As a parent, it can be difficult to see your child hurt. This is particularly true when their injury was the result of another party’s negligence. Sadly, child injuries that were caused by the reckless or careless actions of others are not uncommon in the Sunshine State. Below, we’ll dive deeper into the most common causes of child injuries in Florida as well as what they are and how you can prevent them.

If your child has suffered from injuries due to the negligent actions of someone else, it is in your best interest to consult our experienced Fort Lauderdale child injury lawyers at the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs. We can educate you on your legal options and ensure your rights are protected. Call us at (954) 568-3636 or our online form today.

Why Do Child Injuries Occur in Florida?

There are a number of reasons children sustain injuries in Florida including:

Car Accidents

If your child leads an active lifestyle, they likely spend a lot of time in the car. You, other parents, or child care providers may transport them to and from school, sports practices, extracurricular activities, and play dates on a regular basis.

That’s why it’s no surprise that car accidents are one of the top causes of child injuries in Florida. They can lead to serious injuries such as back injuries, neck injuries, broken bones, and traumatic brain injuries, especially when children are not safely secured in their child safety seats or fail to wear seat belts.

If your child is younger, make sure that they are always in the correct child safety seat for their age and height. In the event they are older, encourage them to sit in the back seat with their seat belt on at all times.

Drowning

According to the National Institute of Health, drowning is the most common cause of death in children ages 1 to 4. If you have an infant or toddler, never leave them unattended in a pool, stream, pond, or any other body of water.

It’s also good idea to invest in a floatation device approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and sign your child up for swim lessons while they’re young. Even if your child is older, make sure they are always supervised while swimming at a friend’s house, a community center, or anywhere else.

Burns

The National Institute of Health discovered that more than 300 children visit the emergency room each day for burn treatment and sadly two children die every day from severe burns. Younger children usually sustain burn injuries from steam or hot liquids so make sure you set your water heater to 120 degrees or lower.

Also, get into the habit of turning pot handles toward the stove whenever you’re cooking so that your child can’t pull them. Older children should not be able to easily access candles, cigarettes, or other items that may put them in direct contact with fire.

Falls

Falls are another common cause of child injuries in Florida. While infants and toddlers may fall from bed and changing tables, older kids typically fall when they’re riding their bike, scooter, or other device. They may also fall at a public property such as a shopping mall or amusement park if the floors or grounds is slippery and other hazards are on the property. Falls often lead to cuts and bruises, head injuries, sprains and fractures, and back injuries.

Contact Law Offices of David I. Fuchs

If your child has been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, reach out to Law Offices of David I. Fuchs. We can perform a thorough investigation and may be able to help you collect fair and full compensation for their damages. Call us at (954) 568-3636 or our online form today.