Brain injuries are serious at any age, but when young children experience a blow to the head it can have a profound impact on development over the course of their life. An open or closed head wound can cause bleeding to the brain, and even a mild concussion can result in a change to the brain structure that can still be seen on special MRI’s months after the incident. When a child strikes his head, he may experience permanent brain damage and cell death, leading to cognitive impairments and limited physical functionality.
Unfortunately, many children are experiencing brain injuries as a result of falls from defective high chairs. A recent study shows that between 2003 and 2010, the number of children visiting an emergency room with head injuries due to high chair accidents has increased almost 90 percent. Over this same time period, there was also a 22 percent increase in the number of visits to emergency rooms resulting from high chair injuries. Parents need to be aware of the serious risks associated with high chair accidents and should check regularly to ensure that their chair has not been recalled. If a defective causes or contributes to a child’s injury, a product liability lawyer in Louisville should be consulted to protect your legal rights.
High Chair Falls Can Result in Brain Injuries
As Fox News reported, researchers evaluated emergency room records for children under the age of three from the period between 2003 and 2007. The research was published in the medical journal Clinical Pediatrics and the data showed that an estimated 9,400 kids were injured in high chairs each year. Many of these injuries were fall injuries. By contrast, while around 40,000 children were injured in accidents with traditional chairs or children’s chairs, most kids injured on traditional chairs suffered broken bones or other more minor injuries.
Researchers believe that the higher number of head injuries among children who fell from high chairs indicates that most of the incidents occurred because the children were climbing or because the children were standing on the chair. Children were able to do this either because the restraint system was not properly used or because the restraint system was faulty.
Parents need to carefully follow manufacturer instructions on high chairs to ensure that their kids are buckled in properly. Young children should also never be left unattended in high chairs, and should be secured with the restraint system every time they are put into the chair even if it is just for a few minutes.
Parents must also regularly check the recall information provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure that the high chair they have in their home has not been subject to a safety recall. Researchers who conducted the high chair injury study indicated that “millions of chairs have been recalled in the U.S. because of not meeting safety standards. But usually, a very low percentage of recalled products are actually returned.” If a chair is recalled, it is important that it is returned and no longer used for your child.