It can happen in the blink of an eye. One second your child is eating Cheerios in his high chair, and the next second he’s on the ground.
Did you know that more than 9,400 children are treated every year in emergency rooms for injuries caused by high chairs? That’s one child every hour.
According to a study from the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the number of children under the age of three who were treated in emergency rooms increased about 22 percent over the last several years.
In another study by Clinical Pediatrics, 93 percent of injuries associated with a high chair or booster seat involved a fall.
High chairs are typically used in kitchens, so when a child falls from the elevated height of the chair, he or she is often falling head first onto a hard surface such as tile or wood flooring – with considerable force. This can lead to serious injuries ranging from a simple bruise to a skull fracture, head injury, or internal bleeding.
Even if you’re sitting right next to your child, a fall can happen so quickly – the chair can tip over too easily – either sideways or backwards.
Parents, make sure your child is really secured in the seat, the straps are tight, and watch him or her every second. In addition, make sure their feet are away from anything they can kick at, causing the chair to tip or fall. Buckling your child in every time you use the high chair can help keep them safe – even if it’s just for a minute or two.
Finally, make sure the high chair you are using is not under a current recall. Over the last several years, millions of high chairs have been recalled for numerous reasons, including potential entrapment and strangulation hazards.
If your child is injured while sitting in a high chair that is dangerous or defective, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to learn if you are entitled to compensation for their injuries and medical expenses.
To know if you have a case start by discussing your child injuries with an attorney from the law offices of Welebir | Tierney APLC, experienced in product liability claims, call by phone or online contact form.