Update: January, 2020
In an agreement reached on Monday, January 6, 2020, furniture retailer Ikea will fund a $46 million settlement resulting from a wrongful-death lawsuit brought on behalf of a toddler who died after being crushed when an Ikea dresser was pulled over by the child.
6 Child Deaths Force IKEA to Recall 29 Million Dressers
June 28, 2016 – IKEA furniture company announced a recall of over 29 million dressers. The dressers and chests are known to tip over if not properly secured to the wall.
If one of your purchases is on this list, IKEA is offering a wall-anchoring kit, or the customer’s choicei of a full or partial refund for the chest of drawers or dresser.
IKEA has asked users of their products to “Please immediately stop using any recalled chest or dresser that is not properly anchored to the wall.” If unable to anchor to the wall, IKEA asks users to place in a room or area not accessible to children.
IKEA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission say they received 14 reports of child injuries due to the chests topling over on young children. Reports of this kind began in 1989.
Initially, IKEA responded to the safety and injury problem by sending out over 300,000 anchor kits.
Child Injury Accidents Common in Austin, Texas
Unfortunately, children are very prone to injury. At a young age they are often more susceptible to harm because they are ignorant of dangers that are glaringly obvious to adults. Running into the street, falling into a pool, grabbing the wrong end of a knife, texting and driving – you name it, a kid or teen has done it. This causes a great deal of child accidents and injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12,000 kids from infancy to their late teens die every year from unintentional injuries, such as burns, drownings, falls, and poisonings. It is important to understand common child injury accidents, and how to prevent them.
Child Injury Facts and Stats
There are many alarming statistics when it comes to child injury. Child Injury Data to keep in mind:
- In the U.S. 9.2 million children are hospitalized annually for unintentional injuries ranging from car accidents to dog bites.
- 12,175 children 0 to 19 years of age died each year in the U.S. from an unintentional injury.
- Accidental injuries are the number 1 cause of death for Texans between 1 and 44 years old.
- Injury death statistics vary by region. In the South fire/burn and transportation death rates are higher than in the northeast.
- The leading causes of injury death differ by age group, i.e. suffocation for infants and motor vehicle accidents for teens.
- Falls are the leading causes of non-fatal injuries for children under 15.
- The death rate for boys and men is around 2 times higher than that of females.
Common Child Injuries & Prevention
There are common circumstances that lead to child injury and fatalities. Here are some of these common injuries, and ways to decrease chances of them ever happening.
- Car Accidents: Vehicle accidents are a common cause of children injuries and deaths and make up the most accidental injuries in Texas. Motor Vehicle accidents are the most common cause of death in children between 5 and 19. Make sure all children in the car are properly belted in. If your child is under 8 years old, they are required by the state of Texas to be restrained in a proper fitting car seat. Before operating your vehicle, make sure all passengers are properly belted in. Always encourage good behavior in vehicles, because many distracted driving accidents occur when parents are distracted by their child. Distracted driving causes 9 fatalities per day, and rowdy kids can be victims as well as part of the problem. Distracted driving also comes into play with teens behind the wheel. 50% of teens will get into a car accident before they graduate high school. Many teens are guilty of texting and driving, frequently changing their music, or focusing more on their friends in the car than on the road. Make sure to teach your children at a young age not to play around when in a car, and once they are at a driving age, drill into their head the importance of focusing on the road.
- Water Accidents: Water, whether that be the ocean or a pool, can be very unsafe for a child. Drowning is the leading cause of injury fatalities in children between 1 and 4. Supervision is key, so always keep an eye on children playing in the water, and go to areas where a lifeguard is on duty. 85% of child drowning fatalities occur at home or at residential pools, because there is no lifeguard on duty, children wander off, or parent’s aren’t watching their child swim. The key to protecting your young children is to always keep an eye on their whereabouts and to purchase a fence or pool barrier so your young child cannot wander into the pool on their own. Also, always make sure your child is wearing the necessary water protection, such as sunblock and a life vest. For more water safety tips read here.
- Animal/Insect Accidents: For children between 0 and 9, the second leading causes of injury are animal bites and insect stings. A study published in the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery followed a doctor who treated over 100 children with dog bites on their face, scalp or neck. The average age of the group of children was six, and 95% of these children were bitten by dogs that they knew, not strays or unfamiliar dogs. Often the dogs are not vicious or feral, they just react from being played roughly with as animals often do. If you have a child under 6, always monitor their interactions with pets, and teach your child not to play with animals they don’t know. For insects, teach your children at a young age which insects could injure them, such as wasps, flees, and fire ants.
- Street/Bicycle Accidents: Although we already discussed vehicle accidents, there are other accidents that can occur on the street. Children riding bikes around their neighborhood could fall victim to a driver going too fast or not paying attention, and children frequently fall victim to falls and head injuries. Falls are the leading cause of non fatal injury for children under 15. Insist that your child always wear protective gear such as helmets and knee/elbow pads when bicycling, rollerblading or skateboarding. Although when it comes to safety, some neighborhoods are better than others, it is still important that you never let your child play in the street. No matter how safe your neighborhood is, one person behind the wheel not paying attention could prove fatal. If you child is playing in your driveway, keep an eye on them at all times, and never let them play unsupervised.
- Sport/Active Accidents: An active kid is a healthy kid, so we want our kids running around playing sports and staying away from the TV. However, injuries from being active are incredibly common in children. As previously mentioned, injuries from falls are the most common non-fatal injuries in children from 0-19. The second most common cause of non-fatal injuries is being struck by or against an object. Roughhousing or playing sports such as football commonly leads to injuries. For children between 10-14 overexertion is another common cause of non-fatal injuries. It is important to teach your children that if they are being active they must be careful not to overdo it and drink a lot of water throughout the day. You can read more information on avoiding sports injuries on McMinnlawfirm.com.
- Sleeping Accidents: Two-thirds of the injury deaths of children under 1 year old are from suffocation. This occurs most frequently when parents sleep in the same bed and accidentally suffocate their child in their sleep. Please refrain from sleeping with your child in your bed, and if you want to keep your infant close by, place the crib next to your bed.
Child Abuse Fatalities in Texas
Horrifically, Texas has incredibly high rates of child abuse deaths. In 2015 171 children died from abuse in the state of Texas – a 20% increase from 2014. This is a difficult thing to think about, but important to discuss. If you see anything suspicious or signs of child abuse please report it immediately.
Child Accident Injury Lawyer Austin, Texas
McMinn Law Firm proudly handles child injury accidents, ranging from dog bites to automotive accidents. For more information on McMinn’s involvement in child injury cases read about Austin’s Child Injury Attorneys. If your child has been injured and needs representation, please contact McMinn at 512-474-0222, use the live chat on our website, fill out the form on this page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.