ROCHESTER, N.Y. – There are countless ways children can get hurt– and almost every parent will discover this fact of life. Whether it’s a cut, a scrape, a broken bone, or something else, emergency rooms across the country treat thousands of children every day but falls cause more injuries than any other incident.
According to doctors with the Mayo Clinic Health System, nearly 2.8 million children are treated after a fall every year. Researchers said most of those falls happen at home but children can get hurt anywhere: in shopping carts, changing areas, playgrounds, or playing near a window.
Slip and fall attorneys at the law offices of Cellino & Barnes urge parents and other adults around children to be mindful of the hazards of windows.
“Children can take a dangerous fall out a window and there’s an even higher risk when it’s summertime in Rochester,” slip and fall attorney Ross Cellino said. “Screens won’t keep children from falling out a window and it doesn’t matter how high or low that window is; every fall can be serious.”
Researchers estimate 14 children will get seriously injured from falling out of a window every day. Accidents like a fall account for hundreds of deaths each year and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accidents are considered one of the top three causes of early childhood death.
“Some of these falls result in serious brain and spine injuries,” Cellino said. “If a child is on a bike, that child is much safer wearing a helmet and if your children are in a car, they’re much safer when they have the proper safety seat and they’re buckled in.”
Researchers found that falls caused nearly 40 percent of all head injuries to children between the ages of 2 and 12. The younger the child, the higher the risk; the same research found 77 percent of all head injuries to toddlers and infants could be related to a fall.
With summer in full-swing (and with windows open), Rochester slip and fall attorneys hope parents will take precautionary steps to prevent these kinds of accidents.