When you spend your time watching the news you could be led to believe that the biggest danger kids face while shopping at a grocery store are issues like peanut allergies and high fructose corn syrup. What the media doesn’t ever seem to cover is the fact that every 22 minutes a child is hurt badly enough in a grocery store to require a visit to an emergency room.
Who knew? Dr. Gary Smith the director of the Nationwide Center for Injury Research and policy did and he recently analyzed data from 1990 to 2011 and what he discovered would give most anyone a horrible headache. During that span of time there was a 90% increase in concussions in kids under the age of 15 and kids under the age of 4 accounted for 85% of all injuries. Actions like falling out of the shopping cart, being run over by a cart all the way to having a cart tip over on them. Each of these only take a moment to occur and can leave behind a lifetime of misery.
It takes just a moment of inattention by a parent for a child to wiggle free from an infant seat or a toddler to reach for a brightly colored box of cereal for serious injury to result. You may have even watched the footage of the Home depot employee that caught the infant in the car seat as they were falling.
A good portion of the problem is the inherently poor design of shopping carts and stores not having and enforcing a policy as it pertains to shopping carts. They know a problem exists and should suggest that parents use the carts that look like fire trucks or police cars that are designed for use by children.
If you have a child that was injured in a grocery store a quick call to the Law office of Guenard & Bozarth is well advised. Injuries like these need to be taken seriously and carefully evaluated because the full extent of any injury in a child may be slow to develop. We have the resources and professionals that can evaluate the extent of an injury and to develop a treatment protocol. We can be reached at 888-809-1075 or at http://www.gblegal.com We Can Help!