When people are injured due to hazardous conditions created by others, they may be entitled to compensation for any injuries they suffer or associated expenses. Children are particularly vulnerable to injury, and when they are injured while playing on a playground or schoolyard, the people responsible for maintaining these premises should be held liable. A Coweta County personal injury attorney can help determine whether you have a claim and can help represent you in any legal action you may have.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency rooms treat in excess of 200,000 children 14 and under for injuries sustained on the playground. The large majority of these injuries occur on public playgrounds, schools, and daycare centers. The age group with the highest rate of emergency room visits is children from the ages of 5 to 9, and the majority of these injuries occur while at school. Around 45 percent of playground injuries are severe fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations, or amputations.
Some of the risk factors for playground injuries include:
- Climbers – On public playgrounds, injuries occur more on climbers than on any other playground equipment
- Swings – Most injuries on private playgrounds occur on swings
- Low-income areas – The results of a study conducted in New York City indicated that playgrounds located in low income areas had a higher incidence of hazards related to poor maintenance, such as rust, debris, damaged play structures, or trash.
- Gender – Slightly more girls than boys (55 percent compared to 45 percent) sustain playground-related injuries
How to keep your children safe at playgrounds
- Choose age-appropriate playground equipment for your children
- Make sure there is proper sand, wood or rubber chips, or rubberized matting underneath play equipment
- Ensure that wood structures are made from all-weather wood that is less apt to splinter
- Make sure that metal surfaces are not too hot in the summer months
- Periodically inspect equipment for any dangerous conditions
- Ensure that children are use the all equipment as intended
- Make sure that all equipment is height and weight appropriate for your child. For example, do not let your children climb equipment taller than they are, or use a see-saw with a child of comparable weight
Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
In the unfortunate circumstance that your child is injured in a playground incident, a Coweta County personal injury attorney can help you determine whether you have a claim against the person or party responsible for the playground. Depending on the circumstances of the injury, you may be entitled to compensation for the injury, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost future earnings, or any other damages. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated personal injury attorneys who represent the rights of people injured through the negligence of others. In order to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys, please contact us today at (770) 487-8999.