The Rise in Concussions in Children Due to School Playground Accidents

Very recently, there have been new studies done that show the rates of concussions in children due to playground accidents. Of almost 215,000 kids treated each year aged 14 and younger who received emergency treatment for injuries, almost 10% had traumatic brain injuries. This means that nearly 21,000 children had concussions and other serious brain injuries. So, how do we know that these TBIs are on the rise? Look at the numbers: In 2005, only 23 out of 100,000 kids had injuries, which rose to 48 in 2013. In 2013 alone, almost 30,000 kids were treated in hospitals. This rise may either reflect that more children are using playground equipment, or more parents are becoming aware that their children need treatment after an accident.

The facts surrounding these new studies may astound you. For instance, only 3% of children who have been hospitalized for concussions were transferred elsewhere for additional treatment, and 95% were sent home after the initial ER visit. Half of these head injuries were in kids aged 5 to 9, most of them being boys. It has become a question of whether or not many of these children received the treatment they needed to sustain a perfectly healthy lifestyle.

What You May Not Know About TBIs

Each day, 138 people in the United States will die as a result of injuries stemming from a TBI-related accident. These injuries are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or anything that penetrates the head to disrupt normal function of the brain. Concussions are actually some of the mildest injuries resulting from these accidents, but can still be very serious nonetheless. Many children will face risks when they are of school age not only from what happens on the playground, but also because many children are involved in sports.

Injuries Sustained by Children on the Playground: When Liability Comes Into Play

Playground accidents are fairly common; however, typically they are not very serious. If your child was injured on the playground and was treated with a traumatic brain injury and you believe it was the fault of another party, what action can you take to get the compensation your child deserves for their injury? Here are some of the most common reasons why these accidents occur and what can be done about it:

  • Poor Maintenance or Equipment Design: Many playgrounds contain equipment that may be years old by the time your children play on it. This means that the metal and wood on this equipment might deteriorate and become frail. It is especially important that playgrounds and equipment are regularly inspected and maintained for this reason. However, design problems can pose an issue as well. If equipment is made to be high, then it should have a support system underneath to catch children when they fall.
  • Lack of Adequate Supervision: Adequate adult supervision is needed to provide children with the safest environment when they are using the playground. However, this will depend on the age of the children and the level of risk associated with the activities they are playing.

To find out who is liable for your child’s injuries, you want to look at either the manufacturer that designed the playground, who is in charge of maintenance, or somebody that was supposed to supervise your child but failed to do so. As you can see, brain injuries are always serious and should be treated as such. Protecting the children is most important to help them sustain long, happy, and healthy lives. Call Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi today for more information.