Emergency departments see cases stemming from playground accidents every year; in fact, more than 200,000 children aged 14 and younger will be seen for serious playground-related injuries. A large percentage of these injuries will be severe, including fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations, and amputations. All children are at risks for injuries on the playground, even though a smaller percentage of those are boys at 45%. You should also know that children aged 5 to 9 have higher rates of emergency department visits for playground injuries than any other age group.
Most Common Causes of Accidents
There are many reasons why playground accidents take place, some more alarming than others and some more common. Find out about all the different reasons and how they could be easily prevented.
- Lack of Supervision: There are playgrounds all over, such as at schools and at daycare centers. Sometimes, parents choose for their children to be in the custody of others. They expect that their children will be able to play safely and remain harm and injury-free. However, the truth is that, when daycare center employees and teachers are overseeing many children, they may become distracted. If someone isn’t watching children on equipment that is designed for older kids, there is a higher chance that they will become injured.
- Slips, Trips, Falls: Playgrounds are inherently dangerous for many reasons. Children can trip and fall, slip and fall from a sprinkler, or catch their shoes in drains and fall.
- Playground Disrepair: Sometimes, playgrounds are poorly maintained. Over time, they become more fragile and components will crack and splinter. Wood may rot away and jagged edges may remain.
Negligence Relating to Playground Accidents
If there is a playground on someone’s property, then they have a legal duty of care to make the playgrounds into a safe area for the children to play. This means, on a reasonable level, they must ensure that there are safety measures taken. This means that they should always make necessary repairs and eliminate dangerous conditions at any cost. So, what happens if a playground’s property owner fails to do everything in their nature to make the playground safe? What is a child becomes injured?
If this happens, the owner has breached their duty of care and they will be held liable for the child’s damages under negligence laws. Some of the most common damages may include medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, medications, medical building fees, and lost wages incurred when you are taking care of your child at home. So what do you do when your child has been injured? What steps can you take?
If your child’s injuries are extremely serious, then you should always contact an accident attorney to help you in your child’s time of need. Attorneys have the ability to deal with the big-name government entities and insurance adjusters. You can settle your case by speaking to us today. At Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, we care about you and your case.