Children love to ride and push shopping carts around stores. Unfortunately, thousands of cart-related accidents occur each year. Learn why in this article.

Pushing Kids to the Limits: Children Shopping Cart Accidents

Children can’t wait to sit in the shopping cart when their parents go to the store. Whether they are visiting Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Kress IGA Supermarket, or Uwajimaya, they love to push and be pushed in the carts around the store. Although these cart rides are often fun, they can end in disaster.

Shopping ’Til They Drop: Types of Shopping Cart Accidents

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, conducted a study that looked at data involving children younger than 15 years old who were treated for shopping cart-related injuries in emergency departments from 1990 through 2011. Nearly 531,000 children were documented during the study, meaning around 24,000 kids a year—or 66 children per day—were treated in an ER for such injuries. Here, we look at the types of injuries that occur.

  • Falls. Shopping cart falls make up the majority of incidents. About 70 percent of the accidents were caused by children falling out of the baskets or seats of the carts.
  • Collisions, tips, and entrapment. Children running into the carts, having the carts tip over on them, or having their extremities caught inside the cart make up the rest of the major injuries that occur.

The most commonly injured body part in these accidents is the head. While soft tissue injuries are also quite common, the rate of concussions and closed-head injuries rose over the course of the study.

The Andrew Kim Law Firm Can Help

Parents never want to see their children in pain. When kids are injured due to shopping cart accidents, parents typically want answers, and the Andrew Kim Law Firm wants to help them find what they are looking for.

Contact us today to learn how we have helped many in the Seattle area receive the compensation they deserve, and find out if we can do the same for you.