Anyone who has spent time parenting or working with teens knows how eccentric and anomalous the teenage years can be. Indeed, teens are often known for their risky behavior, mood swings, and general angst.
But teens are also often very social, as well as active and athletic. What’s more, the teenager years are when most young people first get their driver’s license, which means that being more mobile becomes a possibility. All of these things combined–a propensity for taking risks and the participation in inherently risk-filled activities (driving, playing sports, etc.)–means that teenage injuries are not uncommon. In fact, teens are much more likely to be injured or killed in car accidents, for example, than are adult drivers. Statistics show that while teens only comprise about seven percent of the population in the U.S., they account for approximately 11 percent of total costs of motor vehicle-related injuries.
Common Injuries to Teens
Teens may be at an increased risk of suffering certain injury types when compared to adults. Some of the most common causes and types of injuries that affect teens include–
- Sports-related injuries. Teens often play sports, such as football, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, wrestling, etc. While there is no doubt that playing sports can be incredibly beneficial for teens, they also are inherently risky. A sports injury can result in a concussion, muscle sprain or strain, bone fracture, internal injury, or back or neck injury.
- Alcohol-related injuries. Despite strict rules throughout Revere and the rest of the country that prohibit those under the age of 21 from consuming alcohol, it is naive to think that the majority of teens aren’t exposed to alcohol at some point during their teenage years. Especially during college, alcohol-related injuries, including binge drinking, can be a serious threat.
- Motor vehicle injuries. As stated above, teens are more likely to suffer serious and fatal injuries due to motor vehicle accident than are adults. This may be due to a number of factors, including inexperience behind the wheel, distractions, and alcohol use.
- Sexual assault injuries. Sexual assault injuries are becoming a growing problem, particularly on college campuses. In fact, RAINN reports that 11.2 percent of all undergraduate and graduate students, experience rape or sexual assault. RAINN also reports that females ages 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.
Recovering Compensation for Harm
All of the teen injury types listed above have the potential to result in both economic and noneconomic losses, including medical expenses, the need for long-term medical care, property damage, loss of earning potential in the future, and psychological injuries and emotional harm. When injuries would not have been sustained but for the actions of another person–whether through intentional action or negligent or reckless conduct–the teen and their family deserve to be compensated for the full extent of losses.
At The Law Offices of Alan Hildreth King & Associates, our Revere personal injury attorneys have experience representing teens and their loved ones in injury claims. If your teen has been harmed due to the actions of someone else, we want to meet with you. Please contact us today at (781) 284-2900 for a free consultation with our experienced Revere personal injury law firm. We care about you, and will work hard on your behalf.