In the United States, children and teens are relatively safe from many things that, in the past, could have been fatal. For example, children do not pass away from diseases at anything like the levels that have been seen throughout history. However, that does not mean that children are fully safe, as accidents and injuries are still a very real threat.
In fact, nothing kills more children in the United States than injures. Injury is the number one cause of death.
In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 9,000 children and teens ranging in age from infancy to 19, died because of injuries that were deemed unintentional. The number of children who get hurt and wind up in the emergency room, surviving but still needing treatment, was estimated to be in the millions.
These injuries happen in dozens of different ways and in different settings. Children can hurt themselves by not being careful – slipping and falling into the pool, for instance – or they can be hurt by horseplay with other children. The leading causes, also according to the CDC, are as follows:
– Motor vehicle accidents- Drowning- Suffocation- Poisoning- Falls- Fires
The CDC advised that more needs to be done to prevent these injuries, seeing as how many of them can be prevented. This health issue is massively under-recognized, considering how many children are hurt or killed every single year. If your child falls into this category and someone else was to blame, you may be able to get financial compensation in New York through its civil court system.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention,” accessed June 12, 2015