Cape Coral Injury Attorneys: New Report Highlights Child Injuries on Farms

by Carmen Dellutri on March 27, 2012

Cape Coral injury lawyerThe number of farms in Florida has increased by 2,500 over the past 10 years. In 2008, Florida had 47,500 commercial farms, using a total of 9.25 million acres.

With this in mind, we want to share the results of an alarming new study regarding child injuries on farms. As Cape Coral injury attorneys, we are concerned that more than 26,000 kids and adolescents are injured on farms and ranches in the U.S. every year.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, also found that child injuries on U.S. farms cost $1.4 billion a year. "The cost of youth agricultural injury is substantial, comparable to the costs of more frequently discussed risks such as unintentional child poisoning or occupational needle stick injury," Eduard Zaloshnja of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in Beltsville, Maryland, stated.

Fourteen percent of the injuries that occurred there led to hospitalization, compared to just 1.4 percent of the nation's child injuries overall. The report reveals that fatalities were typically due to injuries from machinery, fire, or explosions. Meanwhile, falls and transportation accounted for the most non-deadly injuries.

The study highlights that parents need to pay close attention to their children's safety on farms, and not let them handle equipment or tasks that might put them at risk for injury.

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

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

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