The playground is a place where we expect to be able to take our children to safely play and be outdoors. These areas are often equipped with swings, slides, climbing equipment, or merry go rounds that are designed for young children to use. An unfortunate fact is that every year children sustain serious injuries while playing on playgrounds and using the very equipment designed for their use. If you or your child have been injured while using playground equipment you may be able to recover through a Georgia personal injury lawsuit. The Fayette County personal injury attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping people injured by the negligence of others recover.
Playgrounds and playground equipment are inherently dangerous, and it is important for parents and other caregivers to make sure that any risks posed by playground are minimized. For steps that an adult can take to ensure that a playground is safe for children to use include making sure that all equipment is properly constructed, that there are no obvious hazards such as exposed screws or bolts, that there is appropriate shock absorbent material on the ground, or that slides or other equipment are not too hot to touch. In addition, it is important to know what groups are most at risk for injury on a playground. According to statistics adopted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following groups are at risk for playground injuries:
- Girls account for 55% of playground injuries, while boys account for 45%
- The age group with the highest rate of playground injury that results in emergency department visits are children from age 5 to 9
Because these groups are particularly at risk for playground injuries, adults and other responsible parties should be sure to carefully supervise children in these groups when using playgrounds. Playground injuries can be very serious and could potentially result in long term disability and significant medical expenses.
Contact a Fayette County premises liability attorney for a free consultation
If you or your child have been injured in a playground accident, you should contact an experienced Fayette County personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Playground accidents could result in medical bills, property damage, loss of quality of life, or pain and suffering, all of which may be compensable through a personal injury lawsuit. Depending on the circumstances of your case, other damages may be available as well. In order to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Fayette County premises liability attorneys, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.