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What are the most common causes of child injuries?

A child injury is something that no parent ever wants to happen, but unfortunately, it happens all too frequently. Some child injuries are simply accidents -- others are due to the actions or inactions of an adult.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 9,000 children suffer fatal injuries each year, and almost 9 million children between the ages of 0 and 19 are seen in hospital emergency rooms. Injuries are the number one cause of child deaths for those 19 and younger.

The most common cause of child injuries is motor vehicle accidents. This accounts for 150 children seen each hour in ERs across the country. Other causes of child injuries and death vary depending on the age of the child. For instance, the most common cause of child fatalities for children ages 1 to 14 years old is drowning. Each day, drowning claims the lives of three children.

Toddlers are most likely to die from choking on small objects or food. Infants, though, are most likely to die from suffocation while they are sleeping. Younger children are likely to suffer a burn injury from steam or hot liquids. Direct contact with fire is the most common cause of burns injuries in older children. However, for nonfatal injuries to children, the leading cause is falls, accounting for 8,000 ER visits each day.

If your child was injured or killed due to another's negligence, you have a right to seek compensation through a civil lawsuit. A Waco attorney can give you more information on what that process entails.

Source: National Institutes of Health, "What causes pediatric injury?," accessed Feb. 01, 2016

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