The holidays are a time of wonder for children of all ages, but unfortunately this time of year also creates some new hazards for kids. The father-son attorney team at Flaxman Law Group has worked with many families who have been facing a child’s injury and we’ve put together this guide to help you reduce the risk of child injuries in your home and during your holidays.
In Hollywood and across South Florida, it’s now the spooky season. Kids are looking forward to pumpkins, costumes, and trick-or-treating, and adults are putting up decorations to turn homes frightful. There’s no need to be afraid of ghouls, but did you know that Halloween is among the top four holidays for childhood injuries? The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) also reports that over 4000 American adults also sustain injuries related to this season.
At Flaxman Law Group, our family-based law firm is working with younger family members to create a spooky and fun Halloween. But we also want everyone in the Hollywood, Miami, Homestead, and surrounding communities to have a safe holiday, too. That’s why we’ve put together these tips to help you avoid the very real scary risks of this season.
Now that children are settling into the new academic year, ensuring the safety of your children becomes a top priority. Flaxman Law Group has worked with many families who have turned to our childhood injury claims attorneys in our Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood offices after an accident or injury at school. We’re passionate about helping prevent injury, which is why we’ve put together this list of tips to keep students safe all school year long.
Children and minors spend a lot of time learning, and sometimes that learning includes minor injuries. Children may fall from their bikes or get scrapes and scratches from playing in the yard.
However, many early injuries are serious—and entirely preventable. According to the CDC, about 20 children and teens die, on average, each day due to unintended and largely preventable injuries. In fact, injury is the leading cause of death for children and teens in this country.
One of the biggest responsibilities of any parent is to teach. Children rely on their families to teach them the difference between right and wrong and to teach them the basics of what they’ll need to live well. An important thing to teach kids from an early age, too, is safety.
Now that it’s been some time since the holidays, many children have a whole new set of favorite toys they have been playing with for weeks. If you’re a parent, of course you want to make sure your child’s toys continue to be safe. While you may have checked the toys your child got over the holidays, here are some additional steps you might want to take now to prevent childhood injury:
At this time of year, many parents are considering Halloween costumes and getting ready for Halloween season. While in the past parents were worried about tainted candy, today we realize that dangers at Halloween can come from many sources—including pedestrian accidents and even the costumes themselves.
Whether you’re create a home-made costume or buying one from a store, start with these safety tips:
School has been back in session for a bit, and it’s time to review how your child is doing. While we expect school to be safe, kids are injured each year when attending classes and taking part in school activities. Now that your child is settling in, here are some questions to ask:
For many parents, bunk beds are a fact of childhood. They’re often used at camps and at colleges and boarding schools. They can also be a great option for children’s rooms, especially if kids share a room with their siblings or want an extra sleep space for sleepovers.
While bunk beds can be space-effective, a study has found that they have been linked to thousands of injuries requiring emergency room treatment. Between 2006 and 2015, in fact, there were 639,700 bunk bed injuries across the country requiring emergency room treatment. These injuries included: