How often to you allow your child to run carefree around a playground? If your answer is more than zero, click here to learn his risks for injury.

The Risks of Play: Types of Playground Accident Injuries

Empty swing in foreground with kid swinging in background

You take your children to the playground so they can socialize with other children and burn off some energy. In addition to them having fun, you get the added bonus of wearing them out for a more peaceful night. Although accidents happen and the occasional tear is shed when one kid knocks another one down, the benefits outweigh the risks.

Or do they?

The one thing you don’t expect when allowing your child to run around the playground is to have to rush him to the emergency room for suffering a catastrophic injury. Unfortunately, many parents have had to do just that as a result of their child falling off the jungle gym, getting smacked by another swinging child, and a host of other dangers.

Playground Injury Risks

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency rooms treat over 200,000 children under the age of fifteen for playground accident injuries each year. Between 2001 and 2008, 40 of these children succumbed to their fatal wounds.

The most common types of injuries associated with playgrounds include:

  • Concussions and head injuries. Children very often climb in, on, and around tall structures and inevitably misstep. If they fall and land on their heads, the impact force can cause severe brain injury and external cranial damage. 
  • Neck injuries. The most fatal types of playground injuries, accounting for 56% of deaths, are neck injuries. These occur as a result of being strangled on ropes, swings, or by having clothing caught in equipment.
  • Fractures and dislocations. Falls and impact with metal equipment can easy break a fragile bone. When a child’s limbs are caught in equipment such as slides, the gravitational force pulling them down can also dislocate shoulders and elbows. Depending on the forces applied and how the limb is caught, these kinds of accidents can even cause amputations.
  • Internal injuries. The force of a fall, the pressure of being squeezed between metal bars or other equipment, and the crushing effect of equipment collapsing on your child can all cause serious internal injuries. Furthermore, in addition to the fracture itself, a broken bone such as a rib can puncture internal organs and lacerate veins, causing internal damage and bleeding.

Stop Allowing Safety to Slide

Playgrounds are supposed to be a fun and safe place for your children to act like children. However, it’s important that you not only know the risks involved with playground equipment but also take the proper precautions to keep your child safe during and after his playtime. For more information on child accidents or to speak an attorney about a recent playground accident, contact our office today. We’re happy to provide you with the resources, guidance, and support you need.