New York Personal Injury Lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm Weighs in on New Study about High Chair Injuries

A new study published in the December issue of the journal Clinical Pediatrics states that one child is taken to the hospital due to high chair or booster seat injuries every hour. A majority of the children who suffer high chair injuries are victims of falls, the study states.

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Researchers found that between 2003 and 2010, an average of 9,400 children in the United States were treated every year as a result of high chair-related injuries

New York, N.Y (PRWEB) December 30, 2013

One child visits a hospital emergency room every hour in the United States for the treatment of high chair-related injuries. According to a new study published in the December issue of the journal Clinical Pediatrics, researchers found that between 2003 and 2010, an average of 9,400 children in the United States were treated every year as a result of high chair-related injuries. Researchers analyzed data involving children 3 years and younger who were treated for high chair-related injuries at U.S. hospital emergency departments during the test period.

The most common injury linked to high chair use, according to the study, was closed head injuries, with about 37 percent of children suffering injuries such as concussions, the report states. Other types of injuries suffered as a result of high chair accidents included bumps and bruises (33 percent), cuts (19 percent), head and neck injuries (59 percent) and facial injuries (28 percent), the article said.

High chair-related injuries can be serious or even fatal, said New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "Head injuries such as concussions could have long-term health effects on the child. Children may even suffer permanent injuries such as scarring or lifelong disabilities as a result of injuries caused by high chairs."

Wilhelm said these injuries could occur as the result of the high chairs not being used safely and also because of defective high chairs. "When defective products cause injuries, injured victims can seek compensation for their injuries, damages and losses."

There are also several steps parents and caregivers can take to prevent high chair-related injuries, Wilhelm says:

  •     Keep track of product defect recalls to ensure that the high chair you are using has not been recalled for a safety defect.
  •     Buckle your child in every time you use the high chair.
  •     Make sure that the chair is stable.
  •     Children should be supervised in the chair at all times.
  •     The area surrounding the high chair should be kept clear of objects, which a child can grab or knock over.

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