Many families spend their summer days at the park, allowing parents to socialize while kids play with their friends on the playground equipment. While almost every child enjoys a fun day climbing, sliding, and swinging, the truth is that many playground trips end at the emergency room. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 200,000 children age 14 and younger visit the emergency room each year due to injuries sustained at a playground. While some of these injuries happen because the child was not using the equipment as he or she was supposed to, many accidents happen because of defects in the equipment itself. Parents should be able to trust that public playgrounds in parks and at schools are safe for their children. Therefore, if your child is injured because of unsafe conditions on a playground, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney in Roscoe to help hold the park or school liable.
Many playground injuries happen because of improper maintenance of equipment. Furthermore, several studies have shown that playgrounds in lower income neighborhoods tend to have more maintenance related hazards and injuries than playgrounds in mid to high income areas. However, because it usually does not cost children anything to play on public playgrounds, children in lower income neighborhoods play on playgrounds more often. Some types of maintenance related hazards include:
- Rusty equipment, especially swing chains that could break while a child is swinging.
- Uneven surfaces on slides that can cut a child’s legs, stomach, or back.
- Damaged or unsafe fall surfaces, or surfaces that have not been updated to current safety standards.
- Exposed nails or screws on monkey bars or other pieces of equipment.
- Trash or other debris that a child may find and pick up.
First and foremost, parents should always keep their eye on their children who are playing on a playground. However, parents likely want to double-check the equipment itself for obvious defects or maintenance problems to help avoid injury. In the case that your child is injured because of faulty or shoddy playground equipment, you should contact an accident lawyer to see if you can recover for your child’s injuries. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at 770-487-8999.