Getting hurt is a necessary part of growing up for children. In order to build up a sense of self preservation and common sense tactics to prevent more significant injuries, kids often have to face various minor instances of harm. This doesn’t mean a child should be subjected to serious injuries, especially not within a school setting.
You may not be aware of all the accidents that can possibly happen to a child on school grounds. The Island Now helps define a detailed numbering of most common accidents that occur at school.
1. Gym Class or Extracurricular Sports
These are easily among the most common activities for accidents to occur. Physical activity is often necessary for growing children, so a good majority of schools require or encourage sports and physical education.
Both non-athletic and athletic kids alike can get hurt using certain equipment, running long distances, or playing competitive sports against other kids. Common injuries can include concussions, TBIs, fractures, sprains, ACL tears, and overuse injuries like Little Leaguer’s Elbow.
2. School Authorized Buses and Vehicles
There are a variety of plausible accidents that may occur on a school authorized vehicle. In worst case scenarios, buses can be involved in traffic accidents. Injuries may also occur as a student boards or exits a bus, or as a result of reckless driving that may not necessarily result in a collision but does cause a student to fall from their seat.
3. Playgrounds and Recess Areas
Playgrounds are also another common place for children to get hurt. Some playgrounds offer age-appropriate equipment such as monkey bars that may be extremely dangerous for younger kids.
Lack of supervision and strict rules can lead children to make bad choices that may put them at risk for injury while using outdoor equipment.
4. Clumsy Behavior (Stumbling, Tripping, etc.)
Children wearing ill-fitting clothes or untied shoes can be susceptible to tripping on doorways or even stairs. Those who aren’t self-conscious of their surroundings can easily overlook an object and fall.
5. Other Children or Bullying
Bullying is a serious problem that persists in most schools. Children can be forced in situations where they must fight or face harassment from multiple kids at a time.
Thousands of children each year suffer from injuries at school and on playground equipment. Sadly, many of these accidents could have been prevented altogether if the property owners took the proper steps to ensure a safe area for children. When negligence causes your child’s injury, you may be entitled to recover damages, including medical costs, psychological trauma, or pain and suffering. If your child was injured at school or at a playground, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our child injury attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to provide you with a free legal consultation.