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How often do shopping charts result in a child injury?

In spite of efforts across the United States to implement new voluntary safety standards for shopping carts in 2004, the rate of shopping cart related injuries in children has continued to rise. In fact, according to a study released in 2014, an average of 66 children are treated for shopping cart injuries in hospitals every day across the United States. Some of the most common injuries include closed head injuries and concussions.

The study was carried out by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The researchers looked at information relating to children under the age of 15 treated at emergency rooms for shopping cart related-injuries at United States hospitals from 1990 to 2011. During this time frame, approximately 530,494 shopping cart injuries occurred. That adds up to about 24,000 child injuries every year, one child every minute, or 66 children a day.

Most of these shopping cart injuries involved a fall off of the cart. Other injuries commonly happened after the child ran into the cart, after the cart tipped over, or after the child got caught up inside the cart. Head injuries accounted for 78.1 percent of the injuries.

According to one pediatrics professor and doctor, it is vital that parents understand how dangerous shopping carts are for children. In terms of liability and preventing injuries, grocery stores and department stores must keep their shopping carts safely operational. In the event that a child suffers injury in an accident caused by a defective or poorly maintained and dangerous shopping cart, the child may have a viable claim for personal injury damages in civil court.

Source: Nationwide Childrens', "New Study Finds 66 Children a Day Treated in U.S. Emergency Departments for Shopping Cart-Related Injuries" accessed Jan. 22, 2015

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