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 less than 15 years old. Although most playground equipment injuries involve fractures or concussions, fatal playground equipment injuries occur fairly often. In fact, between 1990 and 2000, 147 playground equipment deaths were reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Most commonly, playground equipment injuries and deaths result from:

  • falls
  • hangings
  • impact with moving equipment
  • entrapment
  • contact with protrusions, pinch points, sharp edges, and sharp points

About 75% of nonfatal injuries related to playground equipment occur on public playground equipment, usually at schools and daycare centers. While all children who use playgrounds are at risk for injury, girls sustain injuries (55%) slightly more often than boys (45%). In addition, children ages 5 to 9 have higher rates of emergency hospital visits for playground injuries than any other age group.

Children Playground Injury Risk FactorsOn public playgrounds, more injuries occur on climbers than on any other equipment. On home playgrounds, swings are responsible for most injuries.  According to a study conducted in New York City, playgrounds in low-income areas have more maintenance-related hazards than playgrounds in high-income areas. For example, playgrounds in low-income areas have significantly more trash, rusty play equipment, and damaged fall surfaces.

Children Playground Equipment Injuries Lawyer If your child has suffered serious playground equipment injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for your child’s injuries. However, obtaining the compensation a child deserves requires a skilled and experienced child safety lawyer.

Our experienced playground equipment injury lawyers will scrupulously examine the details of your case and determine the best way to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Depending on the circumstances, our experienced lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation for medical bills, future medical care, pain and suffering, lost income, and more.

Was your child injured by playground equipment? Contact our experienced lawyers today to learn more about your legal rights and options.

Published November 17, 2011 by