Children can be seriously or fatally injured by fall accidents in Asheville, Statesville or elsewhere, especially when they occur out of a window from the second floor of a building. The results of a recent study published by MSN indicate that it’s a sensitive issue and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. More than 5,100 injured children show up in hospital emergency rooms following a fall out of a window.
Hickory injury attorneys know that accidents can happen but falls from out of a window should be preventable. Though many of these types of accidents occur at home, it is important that parents know their children are safe under the watchful eye of a daycare center or child caregiver and that the necessary safety precautions are taken to avoid a child fall injury.
The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System was used in an analysis of child fall injuries taking place throughout the United States. From 1990 to 2008, more than 98,000 children under age 18 were given medical attention for injuries after falling out of windows. This equates to a rate of 7.3 injuries per 100,000 children.
In the first study of its kind, researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that 1 in 4 children sustained injuries severe enough to be admitted into the hospital from fall accidents out of a window.
“We continue to see this problem, especially in younger kids, despite the fact that we know how to prevent it,” said Dr. Gary Smith, a lead researcher of the study.
Toddlers have a high center of gravity and are typically the age most at risk of falling out of a window because when they lean out the window for curiosity sake, they tend to topple over. Toddlers are accountable for roughly 66 percent of all window fall accidents.
When a child falls out of a window, especially from a second floor level, they typically fall head first. Almost 50 percent of children who land on their head suffer severe face and head injuries.
Safe Kids USA reports these general fall accident statistics:
- On average, 103 children die each year from fall accidents.
- For children 14 and under, falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries.
- The 10 and under age group account for 4,000 injuries and 12 deaths related to window falls each year.
- 23 percent of fall injuries for ages 5 to 14 years occur at school.
- The most common locations for window falls are in large urban areas and areas with overcrowded housing.
- Children residing in apartment buildings are 5 times more likely to suffer a window fall than a child living in a residence.
Parents are advised to keep their children safe at home by investing in window guards for every reachable window in your house. You should never leave a window open more than 5 inches when small children are present. Remove any furniture or cribs near a window that are easy to climb on and close enough to crawl out of a window.
Parents should also never assume that a window screen is strong enough to prevent a child from going through. In most incidents, this is not the case.