Bringing joy to parents everywhere, children can be a constant source of happiness. They can also make parents incredibly worried, as the world – with all its dangers – becomes their playground of experimentation. Suffering scrapes and bruises is a normal part of growing up, but there can be more serious injuries too. Falling down the stairs, for instance, can cause very serious injuries. Here are some of the most common accidents that toddlers have:
- Slips, trips and falls: children need to grow into their feet; children are unsteady and will even fall over themselves. This is unavoidable, but safeguards can be implemented, such as not leaving items lying around for them to trip on and removing things they could hit their head on. Falls account for 44 per cent of all childhood injuries.
- Choking. Children explore their world with their mouth as much as their hands, which means there’s a risk of them choking on items. Prevention is better than cure, so it’s important to not leave small objects in their reach.
- Trapped fingers. Children like to touch things, and this often results in tears when their fingers get jammed in something that moves – like a door.
- Burns. Hot bath water is the main cause of severe and even fatal, scalds in young children, but inquisitive minds can also find hot drinks, lighters, hair straighteners and ovens.
- Poisoning. Children will think nothing of swallowing medicines, make-up or other cosmetics they find within reach. It’s therefore, important to keep everything potentially hazardous out of both their sight and reach.
Filing a claim for a slip in public
Accidents don’t only happen at home; children can also be injured in public and if that happens for reasons outside of your parental control, you could file a compensation claim.
In order to determine if your case makes you eligible for compensation, contact Accident Advice Helpline for no-obligation advice – and if the case can proceed, the company operates a no-win, no-fee* policy, giving complete peace of mind that the success of the case is what the lawyers are fighting for. There are two ways to contact Accident Advice Helpline: on the 24/7 Freephone number to talk to an advisor and through the website, where you can use the Compensation Calculator to determine eligibility.