When it comes to ATV accidents involving children, it is fairly common for California spinal injury lawyers to find a wide variety of injuries, including head injuries, fractures and crushing injuries that lead to amputations. However, when it comes to spinal injuries, two categories of ATV users seem to stand out in their risk of such injuries. Older children and women were found to be much more likely to suffer spinal injuries in ATV accidents.
In a study published recently in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, researchers analyzed ATV accident and injury data from between 1997 and 2006. During this 10-year period, they found that there was a 240% increase in the number of children hospitalized after suffering an ATV -related injury. During this time, there was also an increase of 476% in the number of children who suffered spinal injuries in the accident.
Broadly, the researchers found that when children suffered spinal injuries in ATV -related accidents, they were also at a high risk of suffering a whole host of other related injuries. These injuries include abdominal trauma, neurological injuries, closed head injury, and other types of spinal fractures. These children were also at a high risk of suffering thoracic trauma, and appendicular skeletal fracture.
The researchers recommend that physicians treat such patients at a high level of suspicion for associated injuries, including additional spinal injuries as well as noncontiguous spinal fracture. There is a special risk of additional spinal fractures being missed during diagnosis, because the first fracture occurs in another area of the spine.
Young children should not be playing with ATVs at all. In spite of assurances by the ATV manufacturing industry, the fact is that these 800-pound machines are simply not safe for a child to use.