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Common Accidents Involving Children

Has your child been injured in an accident that occurred due to the negligent act of someone else?  If yes, you may be able to make a child injury claim.

Due to their curious nature, children often get involved in accidents.  But, if the accident was someone else’s fault, then it may be possible for you to recover financial compensation on behalf of your child.

There are numerous types of child accidents.  Given below are some common accidents involving children.

Road Accidents

It is the responsibility of the driver of the vehicle to ensure the safety of child passengers.  They must be safely secured with seat belts or in a car seat suitable for children.  Although there are safety restraints to protect passengers in a vehicle, road accidents can result in serious injuries to children.

Child Pedestrian Accidents

Children can get involved in accidents as pedestrians as well.  Since they are less careful than adults when walking on the road or crossing the road, they are at an increased risk of getting involved in accidents.  Although parents and schools educate children on road safety, child pedestrian accidents are still common.

Playground Accidents

It is the duty and responsibility of the managers and owners to ensure that playgrounds are maintained in good condition.  Playground accidents can result from the following:

  • Tripping hazards such as defective surfaces, raised surfaces, obstacles on the ground, etc
  • Defective play equipment such as roundabouts and climbing frames

If your child is injured in a playground accident, a claim for compensation can be made against the occupier or owner of the playground.

Accidents on School Trips

Children are quite vulnerable when they go out on school trips.  Accidents and injuries during school trips can occur due to:

  • Food poisoning by consuming food at a poorly regulated restaurant of café
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Animal attacks
  • Dangerous machinery
  • Dirty or poorly maintained accommodation
  • Road accidents
  • Accidents in water parks and swimming pools
  • Lack of supervision and care

Accidents In Schools

Although teachers and staff are responsible for the safety of children in schools, accidents still take place.  School accidents can occur due to:

  • Defective equipment such as defective tables, chairs, desks and benches
  • Slips due to wet surfaces
  • Trips over obstacles and obstructions

Accidents Caused By Faulty Products

Products which are made for children must be designed with extra care.  Every year, thousands of accidents take place in which children sustain injuries as a result of faulty products.  Toys which contain small parts can break off easily and can be swallowed by young children.   When buying toys, it is essential for parents to consider the age restrictions and whether it is suitable for the child.

If a child sustains injuries as a result of a faulty product, a compensation claim can be made.

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