By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
Many parents and child care providers do not realize that there is a risk of injury to infants and small children in most homes and day care centers. In particular, children are at risk for injuries while using stairs and when being carried up or down stairs in homes, day care centers, and other locations. Nationwide Children’s Hospital based in Columbus, Ohio conducted research as to the statistics and incidents of children suffering injuries staircase related injuries. It was reported that approximately 25 % of the injuries to children under the age of 1 took place while the child was being carried by a parent or child care provider. The study was reported in the medical journal – Pediatrics. It was estimated that over 50,000 children were treated during a 10 year time period for injuries suffered by a child when an adult lost his or her balance. The injuries to many children where aggravated when the adult fell on top of the child being held. Most of these stair related injuries took place in the child’s own home.
Personal-injury lawsuits generally aren’t filed in those cases. For more information on these type of injuries, go to Staircase Related Injuries Involving Small Children (Under the Age of 5).
Many injuries to children are preventable when parents and child care providers put safety precautions in place and when the parent or responsible adult provide timely and consistent care and supervision of the children.
When a child is injured due to the negligent acts of others including staff members at schools, day care centers, summer camps, and other facilities, the parent may have a cause of action or claim to pursue on behalf of the injured child. Of course, each case must be evaluated on its own facts and circumstances. Not every incident results in a viable claim or case. It makes sense for a parent to see legal advice if there is a question or issue as to the care that was provided to a child.
The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Day Care Center Injuries, School Injuries, Automobile Accidents, Medical Treatment / Medical Bills, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.