A local Orlando Hospital has recently seen an alarming uptick in the number of children suffering injuries after auto accidents.
Pediatric trauma director Dr. Donald Plumley from Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children stated: “It’s just, it’s easy. You’re talking on the phone. You’ve got groceries. It’s raining. You put the kid in the car seat, and you forget to buckle it. It’s just one of those things you’ve got to stop and think for a minute.”
Over the past six years, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children has treated 680 pediatric trauma cases which include children of all ages. These injuries are a direct result of children not being buckled up, or being improperly restrained at the time of the car accident.
Shelley Jennings, a clinical nurse at the nearby Winnie Palmer Hospital Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology, assists new parents leaving the hospital with their car seats. “They might not realize that when facing the rear, it needs to be the height of the harness, and needs to be at, or below.” She ensures that it is properly installed in the vehicle, and that their newborn is snugly restrained. “To me, your kids are your most precious commodity, “she said.
Orlando Auto Accidents
Here at the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A., we want all of our families and friends to be safe when they’re travelling on Florida’s roadways. But accidents do occur, and we’re here to help if and when that happens.
Auto accidents can range from minor fender-benders, to T-bone accidents, to those involving fatalities. Some different types may include:
- SUV Rollovers
- Hit-and-Run Accidents
- Texting Accidents
- Rear-end Collisions
- Pedestrian Accidents
Injuries may include:
- Broken Bones
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
Helpful Car Seat Installation Information
On the second Tuesday of each month, Orange County Fire Rescue offers free car seat safety inspections at local fire stations. To schedule an appointment, call 407-836-9886. The inspection location is subject to change, so when calling, be sure to confirm which fire station you’ll be going to.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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