School & Playground Child Injuries
REPRESENTING CHILDREN INJURED AT SCHOOL AND PLAYGROUNDS
The average child spends approximately 14,256 hours in school throughout his or her lifetime. 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 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.
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.
INJURIES SUFFERED AT PLAYGROUNDS
Data has revealed that playground-related deaths and injuries often result from:
- Impact with moving equipment
- Entrapment and contact with protrusions
- Pinch points
- Sharp edges and sharp points
LEADING CAUSES OF PLAYGROUND ACCIDENTS
While there can be an numerous of reasons why playground accidents occur, some of the most common are as follows:
- Unsafe landing under the playground equipment
- Damaged fall surfaces
- Lack of fall safety measures
- Ladder defects
- Swing set defects
- Loose screws and nails holding the equipment together
- Rusty play equipment
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.
CAN I SUE A PUBLIC SCHOOL FOR MY 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.
CAN I SUE A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR MY CHILD’S INJURIES?
Private schools differ with 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.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED CHILD INJURY LAWYER
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.