A new study found that head injuries are the most common form of injuries to younger children. Car accidents and bike accidents featured prominently in the study. Researchers found that fewer than half the children who suffered a head injury in a car accident did not have a seatbelt on. In addition, fewer than 20 percent of children who were injured in a bike accident were wearing a helmet.
The study looked at 43,000 children and unknown number of injury cases. It was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and it reveals the dangers posed by a young child suffering a fall, regardless of the cause.
But since car accidents and bike accidents play a huge role in this study, let’s focus on them. There are two things we can learn from this study. The first is that since the risk of a head injury is so great for a young child, parents need to make sure that their children are protected when they go out for a bike ride or are taking a ride in their car. Utilizing these very basic safety measures can protect your son or daughter from suffering a head or brain injury.
And with the injury itself in mind, we can focus on the second lesson from this study: these injuries can hamper a child’s development and deal a family a massive financial blow with all of the medical costs that could be involved. If the head or brain injury was caused due to someone’s negligence or recklessness, then you need to consider legal action to help your son or daughter — and your family — get through this unfortunate time.
Source: NorthJersey.com, “The younger they are, the harder they fall,” John Petrick, Nov. 18, 2014