Children are involved in “too many” accidents on the roads and at home, it has been expressed.
New figures released by Public Health England (PHE) show that hundreds of youngsters die in serious examples of children’s accidents each year, many of which are entirely preventable.
Thousands more are admitted to hospital with serious injuries.
Health officials are calling for much more to be done to prevent children from dying needlessly from car crashes or injuries sustained in the home.
Poorest children at risk
The figures reveal that between 2008 and 2012, a yearly average of 525 children and young people under the age of 25 died in car collisions and accidents at home – plus a further 53,700 were admitted to hospital each year.
In light of the findings, PHE has issued two new toolkits for local authorities to help them prevent unnecessary accidents among their residents; a move welcomed by charities and organisations nationwide.
The Child Accident Prevention Trust is one of those backing the call for better protection for children.
It claims the poorest children are at greatest risk of being involved in unnecessary accidents. It believes local councils and their partners can achieve a step change for children, often at low cost, by prioritising the accidents that matter and mobilising existing services.
Claiming compensation for children
Accident Advice Helpline can help when it comes to claiming compensation for children who have been involved in an accident.
As with any other injury case, the amount of compensation they can expect to receive is based on specific criteria. This includes the severity of the injury, loss of amenity, and current and future financial losses.
Submitting a compensation claim as soon as possible is very important, because there is a three-year time limit on all compensation cases involving children.