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How can you prevent a child from getting hurt?

Children are accident prone, there's no question about that. Despite their inexperience in the world, children must be protected as much as possible from unnecessary accidents. When negligence or a lack of oversight leads to injuries, parents may be in a position to file a claim against those responsible.

What is the most common cause of childhood injuries?

Falls are the most common cause of injuries to children, but most of them could be prevented. For example, if a child is staying with his or her mother at a hotel, the hotel is supposed to have the windows made safe with a child-safety lock. If that lock is missing, then the child could fall out of the window and injure his or herself. While not all falls are the result of negligence, when a business or individual doesn't take the steps necessary to keep children safe, they may be held responsible.

What causes the most unintentional deaths among children?

Children under the age of 15 unintentionally die more from automobile accidents than anything else. How can this be prevented? Always make sure your children are buckled in. Use the correct safety seats for those who are young, underweight or under the required height limits. Booster seats and car seats save lives when they are used appropriately. Remember, your children should not ride in the front seat, especially if there is an air bag that could go off. The force is too great for a child's body and may cause severe injuries in the event of a crash.

If your child is hurt as a result of another person's negligence or a lack of precautions, you may be able to file a claim to get the compensation you need for your child's care and ongoing needs following the accident.

Source: FindLaw, "Ten Things to Think About: Preventing Childhood Injuries," accessed Aug. 01, 2017

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