The World Health Organization estimates that more than 2,000 children die every day from preventable injuries. In fact, injuries kill or disable more children over the age of one every year than all other known childhood diseases combined. In the United States, a child is treated in the emergency room every four seconds for injuries and one in five will die from their injuries.
Falls are the leading cause of all nonfatal injuries suffered by children. Falls are followed closely by being struck by or against an object, animal bites, and insect stings. There are many other causes of child injuries including:
- Assault and bullying
- Sports injuries
- Playground equipment
- Bicycle injuries
- Poisoning by household products or chemicals
- Swim related-accidents or drowning
- Household fires
- School bus injuries
- Gun injuries
- Dog bites
- Struck by or against an object
- Animal bites
- Insect stings
- Car accidents
Children spend a lot of time participating in sports and recreational activities. Much of this takes place on school grounds involving activities such as baseball, football, drama club, dance class and playground equipment. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reported that 79% of all playground injuries are the result of falls from playground equipment, while half of those injuries occur on school grounds or in sporting facilities.
The cost for medical treatment related to playground and sports injuries exceeds $11 billion annually according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This accounting fails to account for the true cost of these injuries such as cognitive losses, permanent disabilities, and emotional disorders - especially since many of these injuries result in traumatic brain injuries and concussions. Concussive syndrome is a very common injury. In fact, the CDC reports that children suffer more than 3.8 million sports and recreation-related concussions every year.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury that can result from a bump or blow to the head. Concussions often lead to long-term consequences such as:
- Cognitive problems with memory and reasoning
- Emotional difficulties including anxiety, depression, personality changes, acts of aggression, and social or sexual inappropriateness
- Development epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders
- Loss of sensation in taste, touch, and smell
- Difficulties with language skills including communication, expression, and understanding
Call Zinda Law Group – We Can Help
Whether your child has been injured as a result of a playground accident, a sporting event, or a school bus accident, the attorneys at Zinda Law Group are here to help you and your child. Our attorneys have successfully represented many children after they experienced an injury or accident. With our experience and expertise, we can get you the highest possible settlement. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free, no-fee consultation and let us help you.