Fort Myers Injury Attorneys: Children Still at High Risk for Stair Accidents

by Carmen Dellutri on April 3, 2012

Port Charlotte injury attorneyAlthough stair-related injuries among young children are on the decline, they are still a common source of injury in the U.S., a new study has found. As Fort Myers injury attorneys, we know how devastating fall injuries can be for small children. Therefore, we agree with researchers that additional safety measures are still needed.

The study, which was published in the March issue of Pediatrics, found that a child younger than 5 was treated in an emergency department for a stair-related injury every six minutes, on average. In 2008, which were the most recent data, an estimated 89,619 young children were treated for stair-related injuries, according to Gary Smith, MD, of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and colleagues.

"Increased prevention efforts are needed, including parental education and improved stairway design, to decrease stair-related injuries among young children," they wrote.

As reported by Med Page Today, the study also revealed the following:

  • The largest percentage of injuries occurred in 1-year-old kids (32.4%).
  • Injuries were more common in boys at all ages than in girls (56.9% versus 43.1%).
  • About one-third of the injuries were soft tissue injuries (34.6%), and most occurred to the head and neck (76.3%).
  • The vast majority of the injuries were not serious, and only 2.7% required hospitalization. That rate was highest in children less than 1 (5.2%).

To further reduce stair-related injuries, the authors of the study suggested improving the design and construction of stairs, discouraging children from playing on or carrying objects down the stairs, avoiding carrying children up and down stairs, not using baby walkers, and using, but not relying on, safety gates.

That sounds like good advice to us.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If your child or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers fall accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.



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