As a parent, the amount of things that could cause an accident and injure your child can be overwhelming. If you start thinking about it, you might never stop! While you don’t want to be paranoid about your child’s health and safety, it is a good idea to put practices in place to prevent foreseeable accidents. Here, I will discuss some common types of accidents to look out for. If your child is injured in an accident that was someone else’s fault, your family might be eligible for compensation for these injuries.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are a very common cause of injury to all people, and especially children. It can be scary because you can’t control the way that other people drive. Even if you do everything right and strive to keep your child safe while you are driving, other drivers on the road may be careless. Another person driving your child could also make a mistake, or you could in a moment of lapsed judgement.
To prevent car accidents and injuries, make sure that you follow the rules of the road when driving. Be vigilant and proactive, in the event that another driver isn’t paying attention. An accident in this case might not be your fault, but it is still better to prevent one if you can. Also make sure that your child drives in a car with drivers that you trust, and who you know will take the responsibility of protecting your child seriously. It will also be helpful to make sure that your child always uses a car seat or a seatbelt, depending on what is appropriate for their age and weight.
Controlling who your child drives with can become more difficult as they get older. This might especially become problematic when they or their friends get their license. Young drivers tend to make a lot of mistakes, and these mistakes could lead to accidents and serious injuries. Talk to your child about safe driving. They can use their own judgement before getting into a car with someone else.
Other accidents tend to occur while children are playing, whether that is playing a sport, using a playground, or even interacting with other people’s dogs. It can be difficult to avoid some of these accidents, but proper supervision can help you prevent some of them.
Another place where common injuries occur to children is school. It can be difficult for staff members to carefully watch each child, which can lead to injuries. This is especially the case in daycare, preschool, and elementary school. Some of these injuries might be minor scrapes and bruises, but they can be more serious. Serious injuries include concussions, broken bones, or objects falling onto children in a classroom.
Obviously you can’t always be there to protect your child from harm. But, by working with other adults who watch your children and making safety a priority, there are some injuries that can be avoided.
If your child was injured in an accident, don’t panic. A million “what ifs” might be running through your mind, but now is not the time to blame yourself. Now is the time to take action and get help for your family. The best way to do this is by contacting a personal injury attorney who has worked with children before. For more information, you can contact my office at 203-208-3067.