If you have kids, they might have suffered playground injuries in the past. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), emergency rooms treat over 200,000 kids aged 14 and younger every year for playground-related injuries. Approximately 45 percent of those injuries are severe fractures, internal injuries, concussions and amputations.
Some playground injuries are fatal and result from strangulation and falls. Children are at risk on playgrounds at schools, daycare centers and public parks. Swings and climbing equipment are responsible for the majority of the injuries and fatalities. Not all injuries can be attributed to careless child behavior. Poor and neglected equipment maintenance causes many of the falls and injuries on playgrounds.
Playgrounds in low-income areas are particularly susceptible to injuries, according to the CDC. Those playgrounds have more rusty equipment, trash and damaged surfaces that contribute to falls and injuries. If your child suffers injuries due to poorly maintained playground equipment, someone is responsible for your child’s pain and suffering. Property owners have a responsibility to keep conditions safe on their land.
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Approved by attorney Thomas McWeeny