When discussing government statistics, child injuries' refers to unintentional injuries that occur among children and teens 0-19 years. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 9,000 children died from injuries in the US in 2009. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in the United States among persons aged 1–19 years, accounting for 37% of all deaths in this age group in 2009, and the fifth leading cause of death among newborns and infants aged one year.
Car crashes, chocking, suffocation, drowning, poisoning and falls are some of the most common ways children are hurt or killed. Injury is the number one cause of death among children.
Unsafe products are causing harm to children.
Unsafe products, such as cribs, toys with lead paint, and items made with chocking or strangulation hazards, continue to cause harm to children. The report, Safe Sleep, Safe Play – Children’s Product Safety and Recalls in 2012, shows that while children’s product recalls dropped, the numbers of incidents (up 49%), injuries (up 42%) and deaths (up 200%) associated with those products rose dramatically from 2011. It is believed that the new requirements under the landmark 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) has resulted in reduced recalls.
According to the popular Blog, Kids in Danger, additional findings of the report include:
- A third of the recalls (31%) were for nursery products bought to be used with the most vulnerable consumers – infants and toddlers.
- Sleep environment products continue to pose a significant hazard, with 7 deaths associated with these products.
The report shows two disturbing trends. First, there are still manufacturers putting products that violate well-established standards into the marketplace. Second, products that are sold for use with very young children, but are not subject to any safety standards.
If your child has been injured by an unsafe product, in a car wreck, on a playground, at an amusement park, or was the victim of another’s negligent or intentional misconduct (including sexual acts), you should contact the compassionate, yet aggressive and highly experienced child-injury lawyers at Lowcountry Injury Law.
Related Child-Injury Web Links
- Vital Signs: Unintentional Injury Deaths Among Persons Aged 0-19 Years – United States, 2000-2009: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
- CDC Feature: Vital Signs: Injury is the #1 killer of children
- National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention
- Parents Central – Keeping Children Safe
- Child Injury: What You Need to Know [PSA – 60 seconds]
For a free consultation and case evaluation, click Accident Questionnaire Form.