Child Injury Lawyers in Fort Worth
Texas Children’s Hospital has reported that injuries kill or disable more children over the age of one each year than all known childhood diseases combined. And according to the World Health Organization, more than 2,000 children die every day from injuries that could have been prevented. These statistics are great cause for heartache and concern as we strive to keep our children safe from harm. Some of the most common causes of injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Playground equipment
- Household fires
- Swimming related-accidents
- Ingesting household products
Many injuries can lead to severe, lifelong disabilities, yet one area that does not result in lasting physical injury can result in a lifelong disability. What is this injury? Bullying. It has become epidemic in the United States and is of grave concern to most parents. In addition to treatment for scrapes, cuts and bruises from being jostled around when physically bullied, bullying can also result in mental and emotional problems that persist into adulthood. According to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry (Vol 70, No 4), bullying in childhood can have profound effects on mental health far into adulthood, and the effects are particularly prevalent among youths that are involved in bullying as both perpetuator and victim. The findings of the study are startling. Children who are bullied are:
- 26.7 times more likely to develop fear of public places (agoraphobia) if female
- 18.5 times more likely to have suicidal thoughts and ideation if male
- 14.5 times more likely to develop panic disorders as adults
- 4.8 times more likely to experience depression
- 4.1 times more likely to antisocial personality disorder if child is the bully
Attractive nuisances are another area of concern for child injuries. Many families have pools in their yards for recreation and fun. Unfortunately, they also prove to be an attractive nuisance (anything on your property that might attract children into danger or harm is considered an attractive nuisance). Children are particularly susceptible to attractive nuisances as their reasoning powers are not fully developed and they often don’t realize that danger lurks. Examples of an attractive nuisance include pools, spas, ponds, stock ponds, hammocks, skate board ramps and trampolines. If you have any of these attractive nuisances in your yard, take care to secure them properly to avoid placing a child in harm’s way. If your child was injured by an attractive nuisance, or died due to an unintentional drowning or smothered in a hammock, then you have the right to bring a claim for damages under Texas law.
Zinda Law Group Can Help You
Whether your child has been injured in a car accident, in a swimming accident or was the victim of bullying, the attorneys at Zinda Law Group can help you. We can negotiate with your insurance company for a settlement, get your child’s medical bills paid, or intervene with the school district to stop the bullying. Call us at (800) 863-5312 and let us start helping you and your child today.