According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 75% of the accidents that occur on a playground will happen in a public area. Additionally, children between the ages of five and nine years old are the most likely to be severely injured when using playground equipment. Serious injuries and accidents can occur for different reasons. However, specific elements of the design or maintenance of playground equipment often make a certain playground more dangerous than others. Elements of playground equipment that often causes injuries include:
- Slick equipment surface
- Overly hard or soft equipment surfaces
- Poor equipment installation
- Rusty or poorly maintained equipment
- Openings which would trap a child’s head
- Low railings on elevated equipment
These problems in the design or construction of a playground are just some of the few that can cause your child to become severely injured when playing. Companies that are negligent in the creation, testing, or maintenance of their equipment should be held responsible for the damage they cause to others.
Common Playground Injuries
Typically, the most common cause of injury when a child is injured because of the playground design is a fall from an elevated surface. However, other equipment, such as slides, swings, or teeter-totters can cause serious injuries if they are not well designed, maintained, or repaired. No matter the type of equipment your child was playing on at the time, the consequences can be severe or life-changing. The most common injuries children sustain on playground equipment include:
- Bruises or cuts
- Strains or sprains
- Broken bones
- Injuries to internal organs
- Damage to the neck and spine
- Brain injury
When your child has been injured on the playground, their injuries may be both physical and emotional. Your son or daughter may be managing the consequences of this accident for the rest of their life. If this is the case, you do not have to accept these consequences, and you may be entitled to financial compensation as a result.
Contact a New York Playground Injury Lawyer Today
If your child has been the victim of a serious playground injury, you need the support of an attorney to get justice. The lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP understand what you are going through, and we are prepared to help. Contact us today at (212) 779-0057 or reach out to us online to set up a free consultation to discuss your case.