New Designs Necessary to Prevent Injury in Children

New Designs Necessary to Prevent Injury in Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a statement calling for the redesign of potentially dangerous products such as lawn mowers, escalators, and shopping carts.

According to the statement, shopping cart accidents account for approximately 24,000 child injuries each year. Additionally, more than 9,000 injuries sustained by children are caused by lawn mowers and 2,000 by escalators.

Injuries sustained from escalators and lawnmowers range in severity from relatively minor cuts and burns to the accidental amputation of fingers and toes. In some instances, the amputation of feet or hands is later required.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that lawnmower and escalator accidents are the leading cause of death and disability for children under the age of 15.

Shopping cart injuries typically occur when a child falls out of the basket. The most common injuries sustained are those involving the head and neck, including concussions and skull fractures.

One out of 25 injuries suffered by children as a result of shopping cart mishaps require extended hospital stays. Some injuries even result in death.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is pushing for companies to redesign shopping carts, lawnmowers and escalators with children in mind.

Has your child been the victim of a shopping cart, escalator or lawn mower accident? Please contact us today to find out your legal rights and options.  

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