What are the most common injuries sustained by school-age children?

On Behalf of | Jan 7, 2022 | Personal Injury

When you send your children to school, you expect them to be safe. Unfortunately, injuries can happen anywhere, especially on school grounds. If schools do not follow proper safety protocol or watch for your child’s safety, the school may be liable for any accidents.

According to the CDC, the most common reason for death among children is injury.

Fall dangers

To protect children from falls, children in classrooms above the first floor should have protection from falling through the screen. Window guards, for instance, protect children if they lean close to the window.

Children should have soft, shock-absorbing materials to run on when children play on the playground. Synthetic turf, rubber, pea gravel, mulch and rubber cushion children when they fall, so they have less chance of suffering severe injuries, such as broken bones or traumatic brain injuries. Any blow or jolt to the head can cause the head and brain to move back and forth, causing damage.

Poisoning dangers

Young children do not always know how to keep themselves safe regarding toxic substances. Teachers and other staff should take extra precautions to ensure no medications, cleaning products or other materials end up in the hands of children who may consume them. From 2010 to 2019, poisoning death rates increased among Hispanic and black children by 37% and 24%, respectively. Understanding disparities can help teachers and daycare workers prepare and teach children about the risks of poisoning and how to keep them safe.

The leading causes of unintentional injuries are falls, drowning, poisoning, fires, suffocation and motor vehicle crashes. If a crash occurs during transport by the school, the school may have responsibility.