Data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Safe Kids Campaign shows that the top five causes of accidental injuries to children include burns, motor vehicle crashes, poisonings, drownings and falls.
Children are particularly vulnerable to burns. These types of injuries don’t just result from fires but can be caused by an electrical or chemical exposure or close contact with a hot liquid or object.
Each year, over 4,500 children and adults die from fires or burns in the state of Tennessee and throughout the rest of the United States. At least 600 of those individuals are children.
At least 65 percent of the burns that children suffer come from them being exposed to flames or scalding liquids. Another 20 percent of these injuries are caused by them coming in close contact with chemicals or hot objects. Scalding tap water accounts for more children’s hospitalizations and deaths than any other hot liquid.
According to the CDC, at least 75 percent of the burns that children suffer are preventable.
Children in Knoxville who are under the age of 5 are most likely to get burned by a flame when they’re left unattended to play near fireplaces or fire pits or with cigarette lighters or matches. Children this age are likely to receive scald burns from tipping over boiling liquids left on a stove or from gaining access to the water dial in the bathtub.
School-aged kids, particularly male ones who are between 5 and 10 years old, are at the highest risk of being burned by a flame when they engage in horseplay around fires. Females of this age group are most likely to get scalded by hot liquids in the bathroom or kitchen.
Teenagers who are males often get burned because they are challenged by their peers to do dangerous things with flammable substances such as gasoline. Scald injuries that adolescents receive most often occur because they take dares and come in contact with electricity.
Serious burns can leave individuals with significant disfigurement and functional injuries in addition to emotional trauma. Time is of the essence in these types of cases. That’s why it’s important that you work with a personal injury attorney who will help you compile evidence and file suit to work toward getting compensation for your child’s pain and suffering and mounting medical costs.