We try our best to provide for our children, keep them safe and give them the best life we possibly can. Unfortunately, though, accidents do happen, and being accidents, they are generally unpredictable and difficult to prevent. But is there something parents can do to help reduce the risk of serious injury to their child in the event of an accident?
According to a recent letter to the editor published in the New England Journal of Medicine detailing the results of an analysis of data from a large-scale observational study conducted through PECARN, the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network, there is one thing parents can do to help protect their children in the event of an accident, and that is to invest in proper child safety equipment.
The study results found that falls, often from bicycles and scooters, were the most common cause of traumatic brain injury among young children under the age of 12. Among teenagers, car crashes, assaults and injuries related to sports activities were the most common causes of brain injury.
According to Prashant Mahajan, one of the study’s authors, knowing these common causes of head trauma among children and adolescents can provide parents with guidance as to what can be done to reduce the risk of severe head injuries in the event of an accident. Children riding bicycles should use appropriate bicycle helmets, for example, while teenagers should be provided with proper sports safety equipment and encouraged to use seatbelts when in cars and other vehicles.
After a car accident or other accident causing injuries, an experienced attorney is one of the few people who will advocate for your best interests. Robert Greening is the principal attorney at Greening Law, P.C. He has dedicated his 24 years of practice to the litigation of wrongful death and serious injury cases. If you have any questions, contact Greening Law, P.C. at 972-934-8900.