Children who are injured or killed as a result of accidents or abuse end up in emergency rooms and hospitals across Virginia every day. In fact, across the United States, injury is the leading cause of death in children and young adults.
Many of the injuries that children suffer are preventable, and often somebody else is to blame. Kids can be hurt by other children, by negligent adults, and even by trusted child-care providers or school teachers.
Child Accident and Injury Facts
- About 2,800 children aged one to fourteen years die from an unintentional injury each year.
- The leading cause of unintentional injury in children is falls. Kids under the age of 15 account for a third of all fall-related trips to the emergency room.
- The second leading cause of unintentional injury in children is drowning, the majority of which happen in residential swimming pools and open water sites.
- Half of all kids involved in a bicycle related accident end up with a traumatic brain injury, and nearly 300,000 kids are treated in emergency rooms each year after bike crashes.
- Babies under the age of one are most often killed unintentionally by airway obstruction, often from choking on food, a toy, or another household item.
- Nearly half of all unintentional injury deaths happen in and around the house. Kids can be killed in a home primarily by fire and burns, suffocation, drowning, firearm accidents, falls, choking and poisoning.
Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics
- Estimates from he National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) reveal that about 2.35 children per 100,000 are killed as a result of abuse or neglect.
- Over 1,700 kids every year die from abuse and neglect across the United States.
- Children under one year of age are the most vulnerable to abuse and neglect, followed by children ages one to three.
- Children under the age of four account for about three-quarters of all deaths from child abuse or neglect. These children are more vulnerable to abuse because of their small size, their dependence on adults, and their inability to defend themselves.
- The perpetrators of child abuse are often young adults in their mid-20s, no high school diploma, living at or below the poverty level, depressed, and perhaps having trouble dealing with stressful situations.
- Fathers and other male caregivers often kill children through physical abuse.
- Mothers and other female caregivers often kill children through neglect.
Do you need help after an accident or abuse situation involving a Virginia child?
Please contact the experienced child law attorneys at Whitehead & Chiocca today. We can help you with any child abuse or neglect situation, child injury case, child dog bite injury, child death, school injury, and much more.