With school back in session and kids running around the playground during
recess and lunch period, accidents can happen. Children who are roughhousing
with one another or taking part in a pickup game of basketball or another
sport might end up with scratches and bruises. There are also the kinds
of injuries that can result during playground accidents. A fall from the
top of the jungle gym or a sweater drawstring getting stuck on a merry-go-round
can lead to catastrophic consequences.
Although these incidents sound harmless enough, they can lead to serious
injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strangulation
injuries, broken bones, and other serious injuries that can change a child’s
life forever. Granted, accidents do happen. However, some playground accidents
might have been prevented if only the playground designer, the manufacturer
of a playground ride, or the school where the playground is located took
the necessary precautions to prevent such injuries to children from happening.
This is where our playground accident lawyers step in.
Our playground injury attorneys represent the families of children who
were seriously injured in playground accidents because of a playground-related
defect. While playgrounds are designed for kids to have fun in, it is
no laughing matter that, according to Safe Kids USA, about 150,000 kids
younger than age 15 end up in the emergency room each year because of
playground injuries involving playground equipment.
About 10 playground deaths happen a year. 75% of playground accidents
take place in public facilities, such as schools and parks, as opposed
to playground equipment in private backyards.
Our experienced injuries to children and minors lawyers can determine
whether your child’s fall accident, burn accident, trip accident,
or entrapment accident occurred because a playground product was defective
or the playground was improperly designed, the playground was made with
improper protective surfaces, such as wood or concrete, the playground
is inadequately maintained, or the school playground equipment used is
age inappropriate for the children who are playing there.
Young children may be old enough to go to school but many of them are
still too young to play unsupervised. Inadequate supervision can create
a hazard that may result in serious injuries if, for example, a young
child who is too young to do so alone climbs the extremely high ladder
of a slide and falls backward.
No. 1 Cause of Injury in Elementary School: Playground Accidents, Safe Kids
Related Web Resources: Preventing Injuries to Children on Playgrounds, Safe Kids (PDF)
EPA rethinks play padding, Chicago Tribune, June 5, 2009