Common Causes of Child Fall Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of injury for children. The CDC and Stanford Children’s Health identify the following as among the leading causes of child falls resulting in serious traumatic injuries:
Falls from furniture can present injury risks for infants and toddlers in particular. Falls into furniture (i.e., tables with sharp corners) can lead to serious injuries as well.
Baby walkers are designed to help strengthen infants’ legs so that they can begin walking on their own. However, if they are not designed properly, they can present risks for falls.
Playground Equipment Construction and Maintenance
Playground accidents are among the most common causes of child falls. This includes falls resulting in brain injuries. Many of these accidents result from the installation of dangerous playground equipment or the failure to maintain playground equipment in safe condition.
Playground accidents can also result from the improper selection or maintenance of surface materials. For example, surface materials that are too hard, too slippery or too thin can all lead to falls and increase the risk of fall-related injuries.
Falls While Playing Sports
Sports accidents resulting in falls can happen at any age and at any level of competition. From skateboarding to soccer, all types of sports present fall risks that organizers and facility owners may have a legal responsibility to prevent.
For younger children, supervision is essential to mitigating the risk of fall-related injuries. When schools, daycare centers, children’s gyms, camps and other businesses provide inadequate supervision, they can be held legally responsible for the financial and non-financial costs of their negligence.
Of course, numerous other issues can lead to dangerous falls as well. Slips, trips and falls from height can result from many different factors, and families can seek financial compensation for their medical bills and other losses in many different circumstances. No matter what happened, if your child was injured in a fall and you have any reason to suspect that a company, a school, a property owner or anyone else may be responsible, you should speak with an Atlanta child fall injury lawyer about your family’s legal rights.