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Hazardous Conditions on Playgrounds can Cause Injuries

For many Georgia children, the arrival of summer means long summer days playing outside in the warm Southern weather.  Among the most popular places for children to play are playgrounds at schools and parks, which are often fitted with equipment for climbing and swinging. While playgrounds are an excellent way for children to be physically active and socialize, they also expose them to an inherent risk of injury. When children are injured in playground accidents that are the result of negligence, their families may be able to recover for their losses by bringing a Georgia personal injury claim against the responsible party. Discussing your case experienced Brooks personal injury attorney is the first step to ensuring that your child’s injuries are fully compensated.

 

Playground Accidents can Cause a Variety of Injuries

According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 200,000 children are treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained in playground accidents. While some playground accidents are simply the result of a child’s own poor judgment or clumsiness, there are a number of ways that a playground accident can occur because of negligent playground construction or maintenance. Some of examples hazardous playground conditions that may indicate negligence include:

 

  • Exposed hardware

  • Improperly installed equipment

  • Collapsing structures

  • Unsuitable shock absorbing material

  • Heights without safety railings

  • Unreasonably hot surfaces

  • Dangerous debris or litter on playground

  • Equipment installed too close to trees or other hazards

 

Injuries caused by these and other hazardous playground conditions have the potential to cause serious injury to both children and adults alike. The injuries people sustain can include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, lacerations, disfigurement, burns, and others. Fortunately, Georgia law allows victims to recover for their losses, including medical expenses, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, and emotional trauma, among others.

Contact a Brooks personal injury attorney for a free consultation

If you or your child has sustained an injury in an accident that you suspect was caused by a negligently designed or maintained playground, you may be entitled to significant compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia