Injuries to Children
In the United States, injuries to children are among the most under-estimated public health concerns today. On average, 20 children’s injuries result in death every day from a preventable injury. Injuries requiring medical care or resulting in reduced activity affect approximately twenty million children and adolescents per year, and cost an average of seventeen billion annually in medical costs.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) child injury report, injuries due to transportation are the leading causes of death among children. The highest death rates were among occupants of motor vehicles in trafﬁc, and pedal cyclist deaths among children.
Leading causes of injury death differ by age group. Children younger than one year of age make up two-thirds of injury deaths due to suffocation. While, drowning is the leading cause of injury death for those one to four years of age. Lastly, for children five to nineteen years of age, the most injury deaths are due to being an occupant in a motor vehicle trafﬁc crash.
If you are a parent, guardian, or concerned adult related to a minor who has been seriously injured, you should speak with an experienced lawyer to learn about the compensation you may deserve. Generally, no one under the age of 18 can file a lawsuit without the help of a parent, adult, or guardian.
Children and adolescents are at high risk for many injuries including those caused by:
- Birth injuries,
- Cars and other motor vehicle accidents,
- Day care accidents,
- Household fires,
- Ingestion of household products such as cosmetics and personal care products, cleaning substances, pain relievers, foreign bodies, and plants,
- Playground equipment,
- Swimming-related accidents, and
- Traumatic brain injuries
In some instances, these accidents can lead to death or severe disability. Personal injury lawsuits filed on behalf of children can therefore deal with the extraordinary costs that may be involved with the care of a severely injured child through their maturity and adult life.
At Levin & Perconti, our attorneys have successfully handled numerous cases involving injuries to minors and children and recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients, including:
- A record-setting $10 million settlement for a 5-year-old boy who was run over by a City of Chicago Fire Department truck while playing in an open fire hydrant on the Fourth of July, resulting in the loss of his leg and half of his pelvis, and a
- A $2.3 million settlement for a family whose two young children suffered severe burns and whose third child, a three-month-old infant, was killed in a fire that broke out in a Chicago Housing Authority building. The CHA had allowed rear entrances to be blocked, allowed batteries to be removed from smoke detectors, and failed to sufficiently inspect and maintain an electrical outlet.
If you are a parent, guardian, or concerned adult related to a minor who has been severely injured in the Chicagoland area or throughout Illinois, we'd like to hear from you. Contact us online or call us at 877-374-1417 or 312-332-2872 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.