Age is not a barrier to getting injured. Although we may think that personal injury just refers to car and truck accidents or perhaps slip and fall accidents at a place of business or a public street, there are quite a few types of injuries that occur through no fault of the injured.
Just recently, I was riding on a public bike bath near a resort town alongside Lake Michigan. Generally, just biking along at a moderate pace, not doing anything other than pedaling and admiring the scenery. A few teens were approaching us down a hilly slope and gaining speed rapidly. Sure enough, mischief ensued when they tried to beat each other to the bottom of the hill and in so doing, were steering wildly to keep their balance. And, as might be expected, one ran into the other, careened off into me. Fortunately, I anticipated disaster and started braking early so I was almost stopped by the time they rebounded into me. All I got was a scrape from the pedal on my ankle and since I was jumping off my bike anyway, I didn’t get hurt much. But I can only imagine how different this outcome might have been had I not been prepared. What was interesting is that the first thing the teens did was to look around and see why this might have been my fault. I was so far over on the side of the path against the retaining wall that clearly, they couldn’t find a reason to blame the incident on me or my bike mates. But you can see how a story like this, had it resulted in terrible injuries, could be interpreted in different ways by the parties involved and who was actually to blame.
Even children as young as newborns can sustain injuries that are not their fault. I was reading about spina bifida birth injuries Asbah and how even newborns or babies that haven’t even been born yet can sustain life altering injuries through no fault of their own or their mother’s. It really does get one thinking about how fragile lives are and how we can be hurt minding our own business. Mothers to be are usually quite careful about how they eat, what activities they participate in and how they take care of themselves and then to have their child hurt through the neglect of someone else is tragic and heartbreaking.
Even children playing on playgrounds are always subject to injury, no matter how safe the equipment or surface is. A child can break their arm falling off a swing or just swinging from bar to bar. Sometimes, it is just no one’s fault; other times, the fall can be directly linked to bad maintenance or a poor design in the equipment that encourages accidents. You really don’t know and of course, you can’t play on jungle jims for your kids, you have to let them do that themselves. There is only so much protection even over protective parents (or helicopter moms!) can provide without locking their children in a box so that no harm ever comes to them.