According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 200,000 children who visit the emergency room with playground-related injuries sustained at daycare centers or school. Girls are slightly more likely to suffer playground injuries than boys, and children between the ages of five and nine are most likely to be hurt on playgrounds compared to any other age group. Most injuries are due to children falling off of equipment. But what is absolutely horrifying is that upwards of 45 percent of playground-related injuries are severe. These severe injuries include:
- Broken or fractured bones. Children can fall off of playground equipment, or can be struck by a part of the equipment that is moving with high velocity or force, such as a tire swing or merry-go-round. A sharp and sudden impact can cause a child to suffer a fractured or broken bone.
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. If a child falls off of equipment or trips on an unsecured portion of the playground or loose soft floor or ground covering, the child can strike his or her head and sustain a concussion or traumatic brain injury.
- Dislocations. Children can suffer dislocations of joints if they get stuck in playground equipment and trip or fall. A child can get tangled in a swing and fall off of it, dislocating a shoulder, or a child can step into a hole or through a part of the equipment, which could dislocate a knee.
- Internal injuries. If children trip or fall onto unsafely protruding portions of the playground, this can cause serious internal injuries. Similarly, falling off of the equipment can cause a child to crash to the ground with such force that the child suffers internal injuries.
- Amputations. Playground equipment that can lead to a child losing a limb or finger is dangerous, and yet many children suffer amputation, either directly or indirectly, from the equipment. The equipment could have a dangerous condition that bears sufficient force to pinch the appendage of a child, or crush the appendage of a child so severely that doctors can do nothing but amputate the damaged appendage.
- Death. On average more than 10 children a year die while playing on playground equipment. A majority of these children lose their lives due to strangulation (when the child’s head or neck gets stuck in unsafe swing ropes or chains), or due to falls from unsafe heights off of the equipment. Most playground-related deaths occur on home sets, rather than public playgrounds at daycare centers or schools.
Playgrounds that are not properly maintained or are in poor condition have a higher likelihood of causing injuries to children. If the equipment appears unsafe, children should not play on it.
Contacting A Playground Injury Lawyer
A child can be seriously injured while playing on unsafe or unstable playground equipment. If your child has been injured while on a playground, please contact the playground injury lawyers at The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. Contact us either online or by calling (215) 557-8686 for a free initial consultation today.