Keeping your children safe from injury and harm is a priority for every parent. Because falls are a leading cause of injury for children, it is essential for every parent to learn how to best protect their children from falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for children from 0 to 19 years old. If someone else was negligently responsible for causing or failing to remedy the condition that caused you or your child’s fall, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. After an injury-causing accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. One of the lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you evaluate your case and advise you on how best to proceed.
Ways to keep your child safe from falls
The CDC reports that around 8,000 children are treated each day in emergency rooms in the United States for injuries sustained in a fall. That adds up to almost 2.8 million children per year. The good news is that falls can be prevented through simple measures that a caregiver or parent can take. The CDC recommends the following:
- Take steps to reduce risks at home – employ the use of guards on windows on floors above ground level and gates on stairwells. These can keep an active child from accidentally falling and injuring himself or herself.
- Make play as safe as possible – playgrounds are a common source of injury. Before allowing your child to play on a new playground, inspect the area for any obvious hazards.
- Use sports equipment correctly – make sure that your child wears protective gear appropriate to the sport he or she is playing. Use helmets, wrist guards, knee pads, or elbow pads, as appropriate.
- Supervise you children – Always supervise children when there is the potential for a fall.
Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury as the result of a fall you should contact an experienced Fayette County personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If you can show that someone else was responsible for the condition that caused your fall or your injury, you may be able to recover damages through a personal injury lawsuit. Make sure that you gather and keep any evidence from your fall, such as taking pictures of the place the fall occurred or getting contact information from any witnesses. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are experienced Fayette County personal injury attorneys who are dedicated to obtaining the best possible result for each client we represent. To schedule a free consultation, contact our office today at (770) 487-8999.