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What Causes Child Injuries?

There are many reasons why children get hurt. As a parent, it’s natural to want to do all you can to protect your child from harm.

Read on to learn why children get hurt.

The Data

According to the latest data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common ways children get hurt are as follows:

  • Burns
  • Drowning
  • Falls
  • Poisoning
  • Road traffic

The world can be a very dangerous place, especially for small children. More than 12,000 children ages 0 to 19 are unintentionally killed due to sustaining injuries. In addition, over 9.2 million children visit emergency departments in order to have nonfatal injuries treated.

Of the most common ways children get hurt from the list above, the following are interesting data points to note:

  • Males are more likely to die from unintentional injuries than females.
  • The leading cause of fatalities for children is due to transportation.
    • Of those children killed in transportation-related accidents, the most common injuries occur due to motor vehicle accidents.
  • Children are more likely to experience certain injuries during different periods of their lives.
    • ⅔ of deaths related to unintentional injuries are the result of suffocation.
    • For children ages 1 to 4, drowning is the leading cause of fatalities.
    • For children aged 5 to 19, the leading cause of injury deaths is due to motor vehicle accidents.
  • Race plays a part in a child’s risk of injury death.
    • American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest injury death rates, while Asian and Pacific Islanders have the lowest.
    • Caucasians and African-Americans have similar death rates.
  • Depending on the cause of death, injury fatality rates differ from state to state.
    • The states in the northeast record the lowest injury death rates, while the highest are recorded in some of the southern states.
    • Transporation-related deaths occur the most often in the southern states, while these deaths occur the least in the northeast.

We’re Here For You

If your child has sustained an injury, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Our attorney at The Abrego Law Firm is highly experienced in these sorts of cases and can help you get the compensation you need. Don’t hesitate to contact our firm with your case right away.

Call The Abrego Law Firm today at (404) 334-3324 to speak with an accomplished attorney about your case.