Playgrounds have always been a source of fun and entertainment for children. Whether the play equipment is in your backyard or local park, playgrounds can offer the opportunity for socialization, physical exercise, imagination, and a sense of adventure for your child. Unfortunately, playgrounds are not merely fun and games, but also result in more than 200,000 emergency room visits per year for children under the age of fourteen, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). The ladders, slides, monkey bars, and swings all involve a degree of risk and adventure, which is part of the fun of playing on a playground, but also presents an inherent risk of injury while using the equipment. If you or your child are injured while using playground equipment, a Fayette County personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you recover from your injuries.
Children ages five to nine years old have the highest rate of emergency room visits due to injuries from playgrounds. Furthermore, girls are slightly more at risk than boys of injuring themselves on playgrounds. At public parks, climbers are typically the equipment with the highest rate of injury, while at home playgrounds, the highest amount of injuries occur from using swings.
Injuries on playground equipment do not always result from careless behavior on the part of your child, but can be caused by faulty equipment or lack of upkeep. The NCIPC notes that playgrounds in areas with lower income had a higher rate of injury than higher income areas. This is likely due to the lack of regular maintenance and equipment checks performed on playgrounds in lower income neighborhoods. Additionally, home playground equipment may be faulty or may not be assembled correctly, therefore causing injury.
No matter what the cause, if your child is injured on a playground, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney in Fayette County. Calling Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 can help you determine the true cause for the injury and whether or not anyone else can be held liable for the injury. Do not hesitate to call today for your free consultation and to learn whether or not a settlement may be possible.