DALLAS, Texas. Does race affect a person’s risk of injury in America? According to the Center for Disease Control, the highest rates of unintentional injuries have been seen among minority populations. Unintentional injury, homicide, and suicide are among the leading causes of injury among youth between the ages of 1 and nineteen years of age. The CDC found that minority children were more likely to suffer unintentional injury than white children. Why?
Populations of children hurt due to unintentional injuries were analyzed closely. Researchers found that American Indian and Alaska Native children were the largest group to be impacted by traffic deaths. Black children were more likely to die due to homicide or due to burn injuries. Overall, black and native children between the ages of 10 and 19 were more likely to suffer injuries than white children. Why are native children more likely to suffer motor vehicle injuries? According to the CDC, these children are more likely to live in rural areas where the traffic risk is greater and they are also more likely to have parents who may suffer from alcohol use disorders. Black children were more likely to suffer motor vehicle injuries as young children, but teenage black children were less likely to suffer these same injuries. CDC researchers believe that this may be due to the fact that black teenagers are less likely to drive.
According to the Atlantic, there is a 20 year life expectancy gap between the poorest people in America and its wealthiest. In America’s segregated cities, America’s poor and black populations are more likely to suffer cancer deaths, diabetes, face high maternal mortality rates, and preterm births. Doctors have not been able to find genetic reasons for this disparity. Social, economic, and environmental factors may be contributing to the life expectancy gap.
Traumatic experiences can shape individuals’ lives, either leaving some individuals suffering intentional injuries due to violence or accidental injuries due to overdoses or drunk driving. Poor housing situations can also compound the problem. Lead exposure and mouse droppings in some urban housing has been linked to asthma problems and developmental problems in children. When families have tried to sue landlords for their children’s lead paint damage, the landlords may claim that they have no money or use shell companies to hide or protect assets. Poorer families not only face greater injury challenges, but they may also face more challenges when seeking damages for their losses.
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident or due to the negligence or neglect of another person or party, you may have certain rights under the law. The Law Offices of Robert Gregg are personal injury attorneys in Dallas, Texas who can help you fight to receive the recovery you may deserve under the law. For example, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. Visit our firm at http://www.gregginjury.com/ to learn more and to protect your rights.
Law Offices of Robert Gregg
2024 Commerce Street, Suite B,
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: 214-559-3592

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