By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
Many parents seem to be unaware of the substantial number of personal injuries children sustained in their own home. Children are naturally hyper and, as a result, like to run, leap, climb and jump all over the house. A number of these household injuries send children to the emergency rooms. One of the most common injuries occur from children jumping on beds. Although, “no jumping on the beds” is a common household rule, many parents do not realize that child personal injuries also occur from children engaging in other playful activities. For example, many children hit their heads on dressers or nightstands because they were jumping or leaping around the furniture. Children sustain serious lacerations to their head or other parts of their bodies that require medical attention. Another common youth personal injury seen by doctors is hematomas – a collection of blood between the outside of the bone and skin (nicknamed as an “egg” by most doctors). Television sets are another major contributor to childhood personal injuries. Televisions are getting bigger and bigger and are toppling over on children more frequently. In fact, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates over 14,000 emergency room visits by children ages 5 and younger caused by TV injuries. Finally, a common personal injury seen in older children are serious head injuries that are the result of them falling from book shelves or other climbable objects. These types of falls can cause “closed head injuries” which mean bleeding internally and around the brain. The key to keeping your child out of harm’s way in your home is constant supervision – endless, incessant, tireless supervision! If you would like to read more on this topic please see Common household injuries – Things parents need to know.