A playground is supposed to be a safe, fun place for children to enjoy themselves. But things can go horribly wrong when swing sets, merry-go-rounds, slides and other recreational products are defective due to poor manufacture, insufficient maintenance or inadequate safety provisions. Suddenly a relaxing day out with your family turns to a painful and possibly tragic trip to the hospital.
Each year, over 200,000 children require emergency medical care due to injuries received on playgrounds. More than two-thirds of these injuries occur on public playgrounds. Injuries can range from cuts and bruises to broken bones or head injuries, some requiring hospitalization.
Injuries Caused by Playground Equipment
The most common injuries sustained in defective playground equipment incidents are, in order of frequency:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Bruises and abrasions
- Strains or sprains
Climbing equipment is the most common culprit in playground injuries, with falls being the major cause of injury. Since climbing equipment can be dangerous even when it’s properly maintained and not defective in its original manufacture, it can be even more devastatingly dangerous if it proves to be defective.
Avoiding Playground Accidents
Always be sure your child follows safety rules on the playground. Following safety rules and being sure there is adequate supervision can prevent most playground equipment injuries in normal circumstances. In cases of defective equipment, however, even these precautions may not be enough to keep your child safe.
Don’t assume an accident was due to carelessness on the part of you or your child — let a dedicated team of professionals determine whether or not you have a case due to a defective product on a playground. To schedule a free consultation with the Duncan Firm at our office in Little Rock, Arkansas, please contact us online or call 877-638-6226 today.