Not Just Fun and Games—the Hidden Dangers of Playgrounds
For the parents of young children, playgrounds represent a child's paradise, allowing children to enjoy outdoor exercise while learning social skills. Sadly, however, the playground is not always a safe place. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Opens A PDF file), there were over 2,600 incidents associated with playground equipment between the years 2001 and 2008, with 67 percent of incidences involving falls. Those same years, an estimated 1.7 million injuries associated with playground equipment were treated across the nation in emergency departments. At least 40 deaths were directly linked to playground equipment. More than half of all injuries happened on public playground equipment, while 19 percent occurred on home playground equipment.
Most playground accidents are equipment related and result from climbing a structure, going down the slide or using swings. More than a third of all playground injuries are severe and involve fractures, concussions, internal injuries, dislocations and amputations. Tragically, the most serious accidents are fatal.
Keeping Your Child Safe at the Playground
To ensure your child enjoys the playground in a safe manner, follow the tips, among others, below:
- Check your child's clothing—loose clothing with dangling cords or straps can become easily trapped in equipment, leading to strangulation. Remove or tighten any draw strings and cords before your child sets off to play.
- Select the right playground—be sure you do your homework and select a playground that is the right fit for you and your child. Children ages five years and younger should only play on playgrounds designed for that age group. Most playgrounds will have signs or notices imprinted that state what age for which they are intended.
- Supervise your child well—parents of young children, especially those five and under, or children with health problems, should closely monitor their children while they play on the playground. Ensure they do not use equipment from which they could fall and all equipment is used appropriately. Parents of older children can give their children slightly more freedom, but should always be close by and keep an eye out for any issues.
If your child has been injured at a playground, consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can examine the facts and circumstances of what happened as well as take the necessary actions to protect your rights. Your family may be entitled to compensation for the damages your child suffered as a result of the accident. At times, the manufacturer of the playground equipment can be held responsible for faulty or unreasonably dangerous equipment. In other cases, the property owner and supervisors who are responsible for creating a safe place for children to play can be held accountable for their negligence. Your attorney will carefully asses the facts and the law surrounding your accident to uncover your best chance at obtaining a full recovery.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Exceptional Personal Injury Attorneys with Over 35 Years of Experience
If your child has been injured in a playground or other related accident, the Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. Our firm has over 35 years of experience in the industry and we accept cases across Georgia and in the Southeast. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery for your injuries. As such, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.