Playground Accidents can Leave Children with Serious Injuries
Public and private playgrounds are an excellent resource for busy parents and children alike. In addition to allowing active children to expend their excess energy, they also serve as places where children develop important physical and social skills. Most of us have fond memories of playing on the playground as children, as well as the occasional memory of the skinned knee or bruised elbow. While some of these injuries are unavoidable and the result of normal play, others can be extremely serious and may be the result of some issue with playground equipment or the playground itself. When this occurs, victims may be able to recover for their injuries by filing a personal injury claim against the person or party that is responsible for the design or maintenance of the playground at issue.
Playground accidents injure thousands of children each year
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), emergency departments around the country treat over 200,000 children under the age of 14 each year for injuries sustained in playground accidents. In addition, nearly half of these injuries were severe, including fractures, dislocation, concussions, amputations, and internal injuries.
Negligence can cause serious Boca Raton playground injuries
Not every injury that a child sustains on a playground is legally actionable. In many cases, a child falls or trips due to simple clumsiness or as part of the normal course of play. In others, however, someone’s negligence was the reason a particular accident occurred. Some of the more common examples of hazardous conditions at a playground that may be the result of negligence include the following:
- Lack of shock-absorbing material underneath playground fixtures
- Unsafe premises
- Inadequate security
- Defective fixtures
- Exposed hardware
- Inadequate supervision
- Fixtures installed unreasonably close to trees or buildings
- Dangerous debris on the premises
- Surfaces that can become unreasonably hot
There are many other examples of dangerous conditions at a playground that could result in an accident, so it is important for anyone whose child has sustained an injury while playing at a playground to discuss their case with a Boca Raton personal injury lawyer.
What types of injuries can a child sustain in a playground accident?
The kinds of injuries that a child may sustain at a playground are similar to those that he or she may sustain while engaging in any physical activity. Some of the more common are listed below.
These and other injuries that children can sustain in playground accidents may result in thousands of dollars in medical expenses and may significantly affect their quality of life. In addition, children may develop disabilities after an injury that significantly alters the course of their lives. As a result, it is extremely important for parents of children who have been injured to ensure that their legal rights are protected by discussing their options with an experienced Boca Raton personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact a Boca Raton personal injury attorney to schedule a free consultation
The Boca Raton lawyers of Lavalle Brown & Ronan are dedicated to representing the rights of people injured in preventable accidents. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at (561) 395-0000.