On behalf of Mike Clancy
As parents, we want to make sure that our children grow up happy and healthy. Part of growing up healthy is feeding our children a good, well-balanced diet. Every morsel that we feed to our child must meet our healthy standards, but is it the chair, not the food that poses the real risk?
A group of doctors looked at emergency room data from 2003 through 2010. With 9,400 children visiting the ER for highchair-related injuries, it averages out to one injury per hour. What might be more shocking for parents is that the majority of the injuries that were suffered were on the child’s head or neck — 59 percent of all cases to be exact.
As for other injuries, 28 percent of all cases involved injuries to the child’s face, 33 percent involved bumps or bruises, and19 percent involved treating a cut. If you are doing the math in your head, the tally goes over 100 percent. Why? In some cases, the child may have suffered more than one type of injury.
Of course, even when placed in the safest chair on the market, children should never be left alone. But even under close supervision, some chairs pose a danger to the child. With 93 percent of all cases involving a fall, restraint systems were a concern for the doctors in this study. Doctors suggested that in some cases the restraint system probably failed to work properly.
When a child suffers a consumer product injury, there may be a product liability claim for compensation. In this situation, the first reaction may be to get the product out of the home, but parents should keep in mind that the product would be used as evidence. Store the product and get the advice of a Chicago personal injury attorney.
Source: Growing Your Baby, “One Child an Hour Treated for Highchair Related Injuries in the U.S.,” Cathy, Dec. 9, 2013