Safety on the Playground
Playgrounds are great places for families to visit on a daily basis, especially during prime summer weather. Your children can have fun meeting other children and making new friends and the rest of the family can relax and bask in the beautiful, open air. However, it is important to keep in mind the various dangers that may leave your child at risk while on a playground. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 200,000 children under the age of 14 receive treatment in hospital emergency rooms due to playground-related injuries every year. The most common injuries are the following:
- Broken bones
- Fractured bones
- Dislocated bones
- Concussions/head injuries
- Internal injuries
For this reason, it is important to supervise your children as they explore and enjoy the playground. While some injuries can be avoided merely through supervision, many injuries are caused by unseen hazards that create danger for small children.
WHAT ARE COMMON CAUSES TO PLAYGROUND INJURIES
Unfortunately, many of the injuries that occur on playgrounds are due to factors that are out of the child and the parents’ control. In fact, many of the injuries that occur are due to poor playground maintenance and poorly design playground equipment. This can be due to a number of factors such as:
- Significantly deteriorated equipment
- Loose bolts or screws
- Frailed ropes that may break
- Sharp edges
- Protruding nails and screws
- Slippery surfaces
- And more
For this reason, it is important that if you choose to take your children and family to a playground, you check the equipment before your children play to ensure there are no obvious hazards. If you do see any potential hazards, it is imperative that you contact the park owner or maintenance team. You could prevent other from injury on the property.
IF YOUR CHILD IS INJURED ON A PLAYGROUND
If your child has been harmed on a playground due to poor maintenance or poor design, contact one of our Central Coast child injury attorneys from Mitchell Law Firm as soon as possible. You may be able to receive compensation for any medical expenses, doctor visits, and emotional distresses you and your child may experience as a result. Do not hesitate. Your child’s health and well-being are important to us.
To discuss you case, contact a Central Coast child injury lawyer from Mitchell Law Firm today! You don’t pay unless we recover money for you!