Children of all ages enjoy spending time outdoors. Many children spend a majority of their time on playgrounds. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that each year in the United States, emergency departments treat in excess of 200,000 children 14 years or younger for playground related injuries. A trip to a playground can easily turn into a parent’s worst nightmare. As parents, caregivers, and guardians, it is necessary to know the risks that may befall our families and guard them against as many of them as we can.
In the meantime, the surest way to avoid a pedestrian accident is to be well aware of your surroundings and to avoid any potentially dangerous traffic situations. Some accidents are unavoidable. However, where you have suffered physical and emotional injuries as a pedestrian, you may need an attorney’s assistance to recover just compensation.
Children injured at playgrounds often suffer from a variety of injuries. Between 1999 and 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionindicate that 147 children ages 14 and younger died from playground-related injuries, 82 of them died of strangulation, 31 died from falls, and many of these deaths occurred on home playgrounds.
Most of the injuries that children suffer occur at homes and daycares. Approximately 45% of playground related injuries involve fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations, and sometimes even amputations.
Risk Groups and Risk Factors
While all children are at risk of being injured when playing at a playground, girls have a slightly higher rate of being injured and children between the ages of 5 and 9 are also injured at a greater rate.When taking your children to these playgrounds it is also important to know that equipment that requires climbing results in more injuries.
Swings often also cause many children to become injured. Playground accidents can also result from defective equipment. Public playground owners have the duty to inspect their property and should post warning signs about any dangerous condition.
Who is Responsible?
Most of playground accidents occur while a child is at school. Most children spend a majority of their young lives at school. Thus, schools and school administration have a duty to protect our children from harm. Schools are required to provide school children with a safe environment. A safe environment includes proper supervision as well as safe equipment. If a child is injured while on school property, the school, school administration, and/or school district may be liable.
Additionally, if a child is injured on a playground that is on private property, the private owner may also be held to be responsible for that injury. An experienced attorney will be able to explain the requirements needed to hold a private property owner liable.
If an injury results at a playground, it is first imperative that proper medical treatment is sought. Injuries like concussions are not always obvious. Moreover, a child can suffer an internal injury and have little to no symptoms. Thus, medical treatment is extremely important. Next, get the names and phone numbers of all witnesses so proper documentation can be provided to authorities if or when they are involved.
Feel free to also take photographs of the scene of the accident. Lastly, contact our office as our attorneys are here to help you. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. Get the compensation you deserve.