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Illinois Child Head Injuries Result From Auto Accident, Falls, and Recreational Injuries in Children and Adults. Read this article by Cullotta Law Offices to learn more.

April 25, 2019

Over 40 % of all head injury-related deaths and 3/4 head injuries OCCUR TO children age 14 or younger.

Older children are less likely than younger children to sustain head injuries. Soccer is in the estimated top-ten hospital emergency rooms visits (in the US) involving a sports or recreational activity injury and children head injuries (aged 14 and under).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last in Oct. 2011, a 62% rise in ER visits for children (age 19 and younger) with a head injury – concussion or other traumatic brain injury during a sport or other recreational activities.

Below were in the top-ten list of children recreational activities / sports injuries that required ER visits and child head injuries – in the US in 2009. Children soccer injuries was in the top ten.

  • Over than 85,000 – Cycling related accidents. (almost ½ of these cycling injuries involved a child head injury) E.g., Car stikes child on bike.
  • 28,716 – Water sports, Diving injuries – (6,700 were water sports head injuries) Child head injuries while swimming may occur from slip and falls and diving into shallow water. Accidental drowning can occur when child gains access to swimming pool an unsecured or improperly gated swimming pool. According to ABCnews, “The fun of jumping into a pool turns into trauma for about 6,500 adolescents a year who end up in emergency rooms for diving-related injuries.”
  • Close to 27,000 – Powered Recreational Vehicle Injuries – ATV, Mini-bike, Dune Buggy, Go-Cart (1 in 4 people, kids, teens – sustain head injuries using off-road vehicles
  • 24,184 – Soccer injuries – more than 1/3 of soccer injuries included head injuries. Head injuries account for between 4% and 22% of all soccer injuries that a soccer gear company is now selling soccer helmets for children to wear while playing soccer. According to USA Today, a recent study published says a soccer ball may cause brain abnormalities similar to those seen in traumatic brain injuries – maybe? On November 30, 2011, Forbes reported that one researcher indicated further research is needed according to one researcher and that the above study was not peer reviewed.
  • 23,000 – Skateboard/Scooter injury – more than 50% sustained head injuries
  • almost 17,000 –Snowboarding injuries, Snowmobiling accidents, skiing injuries. A study at Mayo clinic found that snowmobile deaths injuries for children and teen is rising.
  • Over 5,000 Child trampoline injuries According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), nearly two-thirds of all trampoline injuries involve children age 6 to 14. These Trampoline Safety

Tips from Mayo Clinic May Reduce Child Trampoline Injuries:

1) Supervise while trampoline is being used

2) Keep trampoline away from tree branches and other structures

3) Use safety pads, floor mats

4) Trampoline safety nets

The AAP says: “Falling off a trampoline or using a trampoline incorrectly can result in fractures and other injuries — including potentially serious head and neck injuries.”

In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says: “The risk of injury is so high that the trampolines should NEVER be used at home or in outdoor playgrounds.”

Common injuries from trampolines include:

1) Broken bones and sometimes surgery to repair,

2) Mild traumatic brain injuries, concussions or other head injuries
or brain trauma,

3) Neck and spinal cord injuries using trampolines can cause death or 
lifelong permanent paralysis for child.

Most child trampoline injuries are caused by:

1) Jumping and landing the wrong way causing neck, head, or other body injuries, or

2) Falling – Landing on the trampoline springs or frame.

If your child sustained a serious neck, head or other recreational activity accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, call Cullotta Law Offices in Glenview, IL at 847-651-7191 to speak with a Chicago Head Injury Lawyer specialized in traumatic adult and children brain injuries.

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