Grabbing a shopping cart is a simple habit that many parents have when arriving at a local grocery store or retailer. Shopping carts are very useful when several items are expected to be purchased in the store. Although they are handy and useful they can also be dangerous to children and toddlers.

Shopping carts have a built-in area to carry toddlers and small children, but this attempted safety measure doesn’t translate into safe numbers, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Pediatrics.

Each year, more children are injured in shopping cart accidents than most parents realize. A recent report indicates that hospitals treat approximately 25,000 children yearly as a result of shopping cart-related accidents. These injuries range from minor bruises to serious, debilitating head trauma that can cause permanent physical and mental damage.

The most common risk of putting children in shopping cart seats is the possibility of the child falling from the cart. Babies, toddlers and small children who fall from that height can incur broken bones, spinal injuries and brain trauma.

Ensuring that the cart is equipped with a working seat belt and properly maintained parts is essential to your child’s safety. Using a cart with a low, car-themed seat is a safer choice while also making it a more fun experience for your child.

If your child has been injured in a shopping cart accident, there are many legal options to help you potentially receive compensation for medical bills. If your child has been injured at a local store and you seek compensation, call the personal injury lawyers in Pompano Beach at Bell & Bell, P.A. today at 954-783-2215.