Most parents understand that minor bumps, bruises and scrapes are a normal part of childhood, and each child has their own propensity for being injured; children that spend a lot of time unattended, outdoors, or who are naturally rambunctious are more likely to have an injury than their more sedentary and calm counterparts.
Kids’ personalities aside, there are many tragic circumstances that can cause serious injury or even death to children and infants, either due to malicious intent or negligent behavior from adults whose care they are entrusted with.
From a 2007 Childhood Injury Report conducted by the North Carolina Division of Public Health, the rate of hospital and emergency unit visits shed some light on the high rate of nonfatal injuries to children in North Carolina. There were 263,062 emergency department visits from 2006 to 2007, 12,210 hospitalizations and 442 deaths.
Most parents leave their children in what seem to be loving and capable hands, but there are times when the people we trust to keep our children safe fail to do so, and their negligence, ignorance, or carelessness can bring serious injury or even death to the most innocent of victims.
If you or your loved one has experienced the pain and frustration of an injury to a child or infant, you know too well the feelings of helplessness and confusion that result from the incident, as the parent or as the child who has been injured. If your child or infant is wounded, maimed or loses their life because of another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering or other costs incurred because of that injury.
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Where Can Injuries To Children And Infants Occur?
Child or infant injuries can truly occur at any place, any time, and in a matter of seconds. If the person responsible for watching your child turns their back for a moment, or simply neglects to provide a reasonable amount of care for their needs, tragedy can strike and a parent’s worst nightmare can come true.
Bearing this in mind, some of the most common situations that could result in child or infant injury are:
- Around pets or exotic animals
- Birthday parties
- Daycare centers
- Gas stations
- Homes of friends or neighbors
- Playing with toys
- Swimming pools
- …and many more
The contributing factor in each of these circumstances relates to a child being left unattended, or with people and things that could potentially cause them harm.
Animals, for instance, may be unpredictable and a large dog could turn on a toddler who doesn’t know better than to pull on the dog’s tail to play. If the person watching your child has an animal that bites or otherwise harms the child, they could be liable for damages related to any injuries the child sustained while in their care.
Children that spend several hours at daycare or at school are potentially going to be exposed to unsupervised time with other young children, and it is the teacher or the coach’s duty to provide a reasonable amount of care to each child, because accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.
Some common injuries that can harm children or infants include:
- Accidental poisoning
- Hurt by a falling object
- Injured by a piece of equipment
- …to name a few.
Sadly, the list of harmful events that can injure children and infants in North Carolina is a long one, as they are more vulnerable to danger, and rely on adults so much.
If you or a loved one has experienced the loss of a child or your child has been injured because of another person’s negligence, contact an attorney to find out what legal course of action you can take to bring the responsible parties to justice for their behavior or inaction. Compensation may be due to you for the medical bills and pain and suffering that you and your family experienced from the incident.
Contact Our Winston-Salem Personal Injury Attorneys Today
Injuries to children and infants can occur in so many situations. The talented legal team of Lewis & Keller want to help you or your loved one recover due compensation. With over 150 combined years of legal experience, the lawyers at our firm are well-versed in personal injury law and can skillfully represent you or your loved one to ensure that justice is brought to the responsible parties.
In addition to offices in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, N.C., the talented litigators of Lewis & Keller also proudly serve the following areas:
- Chapel Hill
- High Point
- …and most other surrounding towns in North Carolina.
The effects of an injury to a child or infant can be traumatic and long lasting, and there’s no need to suffer in silence or without competent representation.
To find out how Lewis & Keller can help you understand your rights and bring the responsible parties to justice, call us nationwide at 866-299-1769.
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