There’s no better way to let your children release their pent-up energy than a visit to the playground. Unfortunately, some parks are peppered with hazards.
More than 200,000 children visit emergency rooms every year with playground injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Common playground injuries include:
- Fractured or broken bones;
- Traumatic brain injuries; and
- Internal injuries.
If your child was injured on a playground, then you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages. A Baton Rouge accident attorney from Morris Bart, LLC will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
Taking legal action not only could help you recover much-needed compensation, but it also may save other children from the same injuries.
Schedule a free initial consultation today by calling 800-537-8185.
Let’s take a look at six common causes of playground injuries:
- Unsafe Surfaces
According to the CPSC, playground surfaces should be soft to help children avoid bone fractures and breaks, head trauma and bruises. Your child’s playground should have at least 12 inches of mulch, sand, gravel, wood chips or pea gravel.
Some modern playgrounds have soft mats. Make sure these are made from rubber or a similar material. This protective surface should extend at least 6 feet around the equipment.
- Structure Spacing
Structures that are more than 30 inches tall should be at least 9 feet apart.
- Dangerous Hardware
Check equipment for dangerous hardware such as S hooks, protruding bold ends, or exposed nails.
- Small Spaces
Look for small spaces that might trap children. Openings in guardrails or between ladder rungs should be wider than 9 inches or narrower than 3.5 inches to prevent your child from getting stuck.
- Sharp Edges
Investigate all of the equipment for sharp edges. Check slides, handrails and ramps for protruding or worn edges that might cut your child.
- Tripping Hazards
Check the playground for tripping hazards. Common examples include uneven pavement, tree stumps and rocks.
How common are playground injuries?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly three-fourths of all nonfatal playground injuries happen on public playgrounds, and about half of those injuries are severe. Between 1990 and 2000, more than 140 kids aged 14 and younger died in playground accidents.
Do I have grounds for a personal-injury claim if my child sustains an injury on a playground?
If your child was injured on a playground, then you may be able to recover compensation by making a personal-injury claim. Depending on the circumstances, the liable person might be the property owner, the playground designer, a playground equipment manufacturer, the organization that is responsible for playground maintenance, or another party.
A Baton Rouge accident lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC will help you fight for the maximum settlement. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.