Rackspace Faces Child Injury Lawsuit
According to the San Antonio Express-News, a Rackspace Hosting Inc. employee is suing the company because her 19-month-old son allegedly broke his leg while going down a two-story tube slide at Rackspace headquarters in San Antonio.
About the Rackspace Slide Lawsuit
The employee, Lisa Carrol, claims her son, Leighton, injured his left tibia after his foot was caught inside the slide on March 1, 2013. Carroll and her husband are suing for at least $200,000 in damages.
This is not the first lawsuit against Rackspace. In October 2013, A Dallas IT executive sued Rackspace because he fractured his right leg riding the slide. The suit was later dropped.
Rackspace did not respond to inquiries concerning the lawsuit.
Playground Equipment Injury Statistics
- According to the National Program for Playground Safety, 218,851 preschool and elementary school aged children received emergency treatment after sustaining an injury on a piece of playground equipment between 2001 and 2008.
- 51 percent of these injuries occurred on public playgrounds, and 67 percent of the injuries involved falls or equipment failure.
- 40 deaths were linked to playground equipment between 2001 and 2008.
- 27 deaths were caused by hangings or asphyxiation, and seven deaths were attributed to head and neck injuries.
- Slides were associated with 17-percent of all injuries behind climbers (23-percent of injuries) and swings (22-percent of injuries).