As a parent or guardian, you want to be able to trust that your child’s playground is a safe place. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Every year, many thousands of children are injured, some seriously, in public and school play areas.
A survey by the National Program for Playground Safety found that more than 200,000 children per year experience injuries severe enough to require a trip to the emergency room. Fractures are the most common injury, followed by lacerations, abrasions and sprains/strains, in that order. Falls to the playground surface were involved in nearly 80% of all injuries. Among children ages 5 to 15, the most common injuries occurred when climbing on equipment and swings.
Bumps and bruises are a fact of life for children, but some injuries can cause permanent damage and/or disability, affecting the individual’s entire life. When a child is injured as a result of negligence or faulty equipment, compensation should be made.
Has your child suffered a playground injury as a result of someone else’s negligence? It is important that you contact legal counsel as soon as possible. The preservation of evidence needed to prove your claim is of utmost importance and may be lost or destroyed if not preserved immediately. Contact our office today to schedule your free initial consultation.