With proper safety precautions many injuries to children can be prevented. Despite this a recent study by Reuters suggests that there has been a “spike in deaths and serious injuries among U.S. children and teens in recent years”. Many of these traumatic injuries and wrongful deaths have resulted from preventable personal injury accidents as well as from intentional acts of violence. The article goes on to cite “murder, car crashes, suicide and addiction” as some of the primary reasons that more children in the country are suffering grave injury that may result in death.
If your child has experienced an injury or had their life taken due to negligence or criminal action, it is recommended to talk to a child injury attorney about your options for filing a claim. Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson, are seasoned legal advocates with over 40 years experience in Bensalem, Levittown, Feasterville, Millbrook, Penndel all over Bucks County and the rest of Pennsylvania. Our attorneys are skilled in securing just compensation for our clients and their families. Our comprehensive and evidence-based approach involves extensive investigation and cooperation among our highly-accredited attorneys. Contact us online or at our Bensalem offices anytime at (215) 337-4915. An honest and complete case evaluation is the first step toward obtaining a desirable outcome.
Increase in Deaths of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Children Reflect National Trend
Between the years 2013 and 2016, the death rate for children between the ages of 10 and 19 increased by 12%. Up until that time, the rate of child injury deaths from personal injury accidents had been on the decline. Injuries now account for about 70% of all deaths among children aged 10 to 19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which conducted the study. This injury death rate is “far outpacing fatalities from natural causes like cancer and heart disease.” The rate of death in 2016—the last year analyzed for the study—was approximately 33 child deaths out of 100,000, which also showed a substantial increase from 2013 when the rate was approximately 30 deaths per 100,000.
The rate of unintentional injury deaths and personal injury accidents increased by 13% between 2013 and 2016. By far the most common unintentional injury deaths resulted from motor vehicle crashes, accidental poisoning, and drowning.
Accident and Injury Prevention For Bensalem Children
As recent studies have shown, there are many ways in which child injuries and fatalities occur. A safety tip sheet from SafeKids.org provides the following tips for parents in order to help prevent child injuries:
- Be sure your child or teen always wears a seat belt
- Be sure to secure all furniture and TVs in your home to prevent a tip-over personal injury accident in which a child or teen can be crushed by a piece of heavy furniture
- Be sure to regularly check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms
- Be sure to identify any places in your home where your child or teen can access medicine and secure those areas
- Learn more about concussions and sports-related head injuries, in addition to methods of prevention for youth athletes
- Avoid distractions when driving and walking
One of the most important things we can all do is to lead by example. When children see parents and others in society behaving in a safe and appropriate manner it allow them to feel better about following this positive example.
Contact Our Millbrook Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyers Today
If your child has been injured or killed due to the negligence or criminal action of another it is critical to contact a compassionate, experienced as well as skilled personal injury and wrongful death attorney. At Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson, our personal injury attorneys believe in the law should. We feel one of the higher purposes of the law is its use to help give fair compensation to injured victims. Since 1972, we have worked to ensure that our clients recover what is rightfully theirs and helped to make their lives whole again. One of our highly knowledgeable attorneys is prepared to assist you with your accident claim. Contact us online, or by phone anytime at (215) 337-4915 anytime for a free, no-obligation consultation.