Many parents may prefer to take a quick trip to the grocery store or a go out shopping for the day by themselves, leaving the kids at home or with a trusted babysitter. This preference may often be motivated by the desire to have some quiet time out or to speed up the shopping process, but taking a trip to the supermarket without the kids may have a more serious motive: keeping them safe from unnecessary shopping-related injuries.
A recent study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has revealed that shopping carts cause more injuries to children than many people may suspect. The study estimates that between 1990 and 2011, 66 children per day were injured in shopping cart accidents serious enough to require hospital treatment. This means that during that 22-year period, shopping carts injured over 500,000 children under the age of fifteen.
80% of the shopping cart injuries were to the head, and most were caused by a child under 4 falling out of the cart. Injuries caused by the cart tipping over, by running into the cart, or by extremities being trapped in the cart were also common. The number of injuries has not decreased in the past decade, despite stricter shopping cart safety standards set in place in 2004.
This study seems to indicate even with safety precautions, shopping cart injuries are not likely to come to an end anytime soon. If your child has been hurt in a shopping cart accident, you may be able to recover for his or her injuries. An experienced personal injury attorney can evaluate your case and help you exercise your legal rights. It is important to seek assistance quickly, however, as there may be a limited period of time in which you can bring a claim for injuries caused by a shopping cart accident.
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