Childhood injuries happen; they’re a part of growing up. Unfortunately, some accidents take place because of negligence on the part of a school, medical provider, babysitter or other party. When an accident could have been prevented, you may be considering seeking compensation for the injuries your child has suffered. This is sometimes possible, and something to consider if your child has been seriously hurt.

There are some steps you can take to keep your home and environment safe, so you can try to avoid injuries at all costs. When you’re away from home, for example, consider going to playgrounds that have rubber paths, not concrete, and monitor your child. By going to a park that is made with safer materials, injuries that take place should be less severe.

At home, it’s important to supervise your children. If they are with a babysitter or friend unfamiliar with your home, consider blocking off the stairways and cleaning the halls and stairs so no toys are present to trip over. A clean and safe environment is one in which it is much harder to get hurt.

While swimming lessons are on most parents’ lists to help their children stay safe near water, drowning is possible even when instructors are present. If children are not good swimmers, safety equipment should be used to help them learn. Things like floating paddle boards are often used by weaker or younger children who are learning to keep themselves above the water.

In any case of injury, it’s important to get medical help first, so your child can be stabilized and have the best change of recovery. Afterward, you can review what happened and decide if it’s a situation that warrants legal action.

Source: FindLaw, “Ten Things to Think About: Preventing Childhood Injuries,” accessed Feb. 04, 2016