When you think of traumatic brain injuries in children and teens, you may think of football injuries or car accidents. While those are both examples of common causes of this type of injury, a new study may show that there is something else much more likely to cause a brain injury: Everyday products you already have in your home. Keep reading to learn more and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you are in need of a free legal consultation.
What the Study Says
According to the study, 72% of emergency room cases involving traumatic brain injury for children are related to some type of consumer product. The study included products such as floors, beds, basketballs, chairs, soccer balls, footballs, stairs, bikes, ceilings, tables, and walls. This was the case for nearly three out of four non-fatal head injuries suffered by people 19 years old and younger.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Of course, to fully understand this issue it is important to begin by fully understanding what a traumatic brain injury really is. It occurs when there is a sudden trauma that causes damage to a person’s brain. This could be a jolt, bump, blow, etc. This study found that there were more than four million non-fatal traumatic brain injuries suffered by children between the years 2010 and 2013.
The Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
The data used in the study came from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System along with the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-All Injury Program. It showed that the most common group of product types were related to sports – 28.8%. They found that home furnishes, as well as fixtures, could be linked to 17.2% of the injuries.
They also found that home structures and construction materials led to about 17% of the injuries, child nursery equipment was responsible for 2.7% o the injuries, and toys were responsible for about 2.5% of the brain injuries.
Further, the study showed that uneven flooring and stairs were common causes of falls. Any type of slipping, falling, or tipping can cause brain injuries. Infants and children up to four years old were most likely to be injured on home furnishings and fixtures – many of which were injured on beds. Kids aged 5 – 19 were more likely to suffer a brain injury while play sports.
If your child has suffered a brain injury due to a faulty product, poor decisions of an athletic director, or another reason that can be contributed to a negligent party then we strongly recommend you contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We can discuss your case, what happened, and how we can help. Call today and let us get started.