Texas School and Playground Injuries

Representing Children Injured at School and Playgrounds

As such, we expect our child’s school to do everything in their power to keep our children safe from harm while under the school’s care.

Thomas J. Henry Law has advocated for young children injured due to the negligence of property owners for more than two decades. Our experienced child injury lawyers have handled a multitude of child injury claims, including those caused by dangerous premises.

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Hazards Present in Schools and on Playgrounds

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), each year more than 200,000 people are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with playground equipment, with the majority of these injuries involving children under the age of 15 years. Oftentimes, these injuries are the direct result of poorly maintained grounds.

Data has revealed that playground-related deaths and injuries often result from:

  • Falls
  • Hangings
  • Impact with moving equipment
  • Entrapment and contact with protrusions
  • Pinch points
  • Sharp edges and sharp points

School and Playground Injury Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • About 45% of playground-related injuries are severe — fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations, and amputations.
  • About 75% of nonfatal injuries related to playground equipment occur on public playgrounds. Most occur at schools and daycare centers.
  • Between 1990 and 2000, 147 children ages 14 and younger died from playground-related injuries. Of them, 82 (56%) died from strangulation and 31 (20%) died from falls to the playground surface. Most of these deaths (70%) occurred on home playgrounds.
  • While all children who use playgrounds are at risk for injury, girls sustain injuries (55%) slightly more often than boys (45%).
  • Children ages 5 to 9 have higher rates of emergency department visits for playground injuries than any other age group. Most of these injuries occur at school.

Was You Child Injured at School or a Playground? Call Thomas J. Henry Law

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.

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Your School Injury Questions Answered

We have straight answers to difficult questions to help you make critical decisions, navigate legal process and help you get justice.

Following an accident at school, there are always more questions than answers. At Thomas J. Henry, we’re here to answer any questions you have about your injury case.

A child injury case may be brought when an individual under the age of 18 is injured due to the fault of another person or organization. Examples of a child injury case include car wreck or semi-truck accidents, dog bites, daycare or caretaker abuse/negligence, birth injuries, burns, choking, drowning, or any other personal injury. The most serious child injury cases involve permanent injury or death. A guardian, usually the child’s parent, is appointed by the court to bring a lawsuit (if necessary) on the child’s behalf.

The first and most important thing is obtaining proper medical care. Once the child’s injuries are being professionally addressed if there is a belief that the injury was the fault of someone else, or because of a defective product or unsafe condition of the property, an immediate investigation should begin. This is most often undertaken by skilled investigators and experts in consultation with skilled personal injury legal counsel. Often evidence that is crucial to proving fault for an injury can be easily and quickly lost. It is very important to preserve all possible evidence and to obtain photographs.

No. The laws have changed dramatically in recent years to protect child injury victims. Even in civil cases involving molestation, the identity of the child will be protected and the child will not be able to be cross-examined in the way the people sometimes see on TV and in the movies. The parent or guardian for the purpose of the litigation will be more involved in the lawsuit, and the child will usually be able to live their normal life without the lawsuit interfering in any significant way. In most instances, a case will settle outside of court and a lawsuit will not be necessary.

Private schools differ from public schools in that they do not receive immunity. For instance, if your child is seriously injured on the playground or on an off-campus field trip, parents may sue the private schools due to negligence and receive compensation for their child’s injuries.

Did you know that if your child is injured at a public school the school may not have to pay any damages for your child’s injuries? Public schools are protected in some situations by governmental immunity. If your child has been injured due to public school negligence, contact our offices. Our experienced child injury attorneys will help determine if your child has a case against the school.

In most cases, you won’t know whether your circumstances give rise to a valid medical malpractice claim until you have talked to an experienced birth injury lawyer. Doctors and medical facilities are governed by detailed professional standards of care during prenatal, delivery, and postnatal stages of pregnancy and birth. Anytime medical professionals fail to follow accepted procedures, injuries can result, and the doctors and hospital can be held accountable for medical malpractice.

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