Distracted Parents Could Be to Blame for Increase in Injuries to Young Children

1377498_smart_phone_icon.jpgSpring Hill, Florida – Recently, injuries as a result of cell-phone-related distractions have captured the media’s attention. Everything from distracted driving to distracted walking has been covered. Now, experts are claiming that smart phones could be driving an increase in injuries among young children across the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children 4 and under received around 2.5 nonintentional injuries last year that resulted in trips to the emergency room. This is an increase in the 2.46 million injuries received by children in 2010. The number of injuries to children in this age group has been on the rise since 2007, when the number of injuries was at 2.20 million.

The concerning trend has lead experts to believe there is a causal relationship between child injuries and parents distracted by mobile devices.

Just five years ago, in 2007, around 9 million Americans over the age of 13 owned smartphones. The first iPhone was released that year and in 2010 the number of Americans using smartphones skyrocketed to 63 million. By July of 2012, an estimated 114 million Americans owned smart phones.

While there are currently no studies that have proven a direct correlation between parents distracted by mobile devices and the increase in child injuries, many doctors and public safety experts believe that statistics back this theory up. It is a popular belief that parents of small children often find themselves distracted by their smartphones or mobile devices to the point that they miss opportunities to keep their children safe from various dangers. Distractions can occur everywhere – in the home and anywhere else a parent takes a child. Young children cannot be responsible for themselves or their actions, therefore parents and caretakers must make sure to always be on the lookout for potential threats to their kids’ safety.

If your child has been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence in Spring Hill, Brooksville, Ridge Manor, Weeki Wachee, Hernando Beach or Masaryktown, the Hernando County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you recover the compensation needed for your child to make a full recovery. You may be eligible to receive financial compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation, physical therapy and pain and suffering. Contact us today online or call our Spring Hill office at 352-666-2121.

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