Children can suffer devastating injuries in playground accidents. Here, we discuss the causes of these tragic incidents and the injuries that children suffer.

Children Can Suffer Devastating Injuries in a Playground Accident

playground accidents and injuriesDespite the safety of modern playground equipment, children continue to be injured in playground accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20,000 children 14 years old or younger are treated in emergency rooms for playground injuries each year. Approximately 75 percent of these injuries occur on public playgrounds like schools and recreational parks and facilities.

Because these playgrounds may be owned by municipal governments or public school districts, the time period to file a lawsuit may be shortened and there could be special notice requirements that the victim’s family must comply with. If your child was injured at the playground, you need to retain an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you pursue your child’s claim for compensation and comply with the time periods for doing so.

What Are the Causes of Playground Accidents?

There are a number of reasons that children are commonly injured at the playground. These include the following:

  • Improper design. Sometimes playground equipment is designed in a way that makes accidents more likely. Sharp edges or hard ground surfaces are a few possible design defects that could result in kids being injured.
  • Lack of maintenance. Playgrounds need increased maintenance due to the wear and tear from children playing on the structures and being exposed to the weather constantly. Ropes can fray, nails can become rusty and stick out, and parts of the structure can become unstable when repairs are not made.
  • Slip, fall, and trip accidents. Elevated ground levels, debris, large rocks. and protruding nails are some of the tripping hazards at playgrounds. When equipment is slippery or water is left to pool, children can be injured in a slip and fall accident.
  • Improper supervision. Lack of proper supervision, especially of younger children, is a main reason playground accidents occur. If the child is at school, daycare, or a camp when the accident occurs, these caregivers may face responsibility for his injuries. Supervising your children if you are on an outing at a playground can help prevent a tragedy from happening.

Common Injuries That Children Suffer in Playground Accidents

Because children often fall from a height on a playground structure to the hard ground, they can suffer serious injuries or death. Common playground injuries include:

  • Concussion, traumatic brain injury, or other head injures
  • Neck injuries
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Eye injuries
  • Strangulation if clothes get caught in equipment
  • Bone dislocations
  • Internal injuries—sometimes fatal

Was your child hurt in a playground accident? Call our office today to schedule a free consultation to learn how you can hold the playground owner responsible for compensating your child.