Bunk Beds Lawsuit
Injuries on the rise
Bunk Bed Injuries on the Rise in Children and Young AdultsAccording to a Nationwide Children's Hospital study set to be published in June, kids and young adults ages 18-21 years are at risk for bunk bed-related injuries. There's even been a spike in injuries for young adults.
The study, a first of its kind to use national data to comprehensively examine patterns and trends of bunk bed-related injuries among children and young adults (up to 21 years of age), showed an estimated 572,580 bunk bed-related injuries during the 16-year study period, resulting in an average of nearly 36,000 cases annually. With so many mothers giving birth to multiples, summer camps in session, and college freshman entering dorms in a matter of months.
Older children were also found to be significantly more likely to be injured due to bed malfunctions than younger children, perhaps due to the larger size and increased weight.
Injuries occur most frequently among males. Half of the cases analyzed involved children younger than six years of age. Injuries most commonly result from falls. The most common injuries include lacerations, contusions/abrasions and fractures. Body regions most frequently injured include the head/neck and face. Injuries to this area of the body are especially common among small children who, due to a higher center of gravity, tend to fall head first.
JUN-03-08: [MSNBC: BUNKBED INJURIES]
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