Personal Injury Lawyers for Playground Injuries
Fighting for Your Child’s Rights
Though they are meant to be a source of entertainment, enjoyment, and innocent
fun, playgrounds can also be a source of real danger for your child. When
playgrounds are poorly maintained or fail to meet the necessary safety
codes, they pose a serious risk to children. Though we never expect a
playground to be a hazardous place for our children, the truth of the
matter is that playground injuries are more common than you may like to
believe. If your child is one of the many, look no further for aggressive
and effective legal advocacy than our personal injury lawyers of Sweetser
Every year across the United States, over 200,000 children are rushed to
emergency room departments due to injuries they incurred on the playground.
These dangerous injuries are usually the result of hidden dangers on faulty,
dangerous, or defective playground equipment while a child is swinging,
climbing the monkey bars, or sailing down the slide.
Schools, recreation facilities, municipal parks and childcare centers are
responsible for ensuring playgrounds are safe. The sad reality is, most
playground equipment is usually decades old, and deteriorates over time.
This equipment can rust, screws can loosen, wood can rot, ropes may wear
out, and sharp or protruding edges may emerge.
Oftentimes, playground injuries can be severe, if not fatal. There are
countless reports of children who have been strangled after becoming entangled
in faulty equipment. Additionally, defective equipment may cause falls
from heights, causing serious fractures, dislocations, concussions, internal
injuries, and sometimes amputations. The highest risk children are those
from low income households, as they are so often dependent on childcare services.
Child Safety Laws Need to Be Enforced
Playground injuries are often preventable. Washington State safety laws
and regulations are designed to protect our children--but only if they
are followed and enforced. Minimum safety standards for playground equipment,
design, and supervision have been developed by the
Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The following are the 2 main factors which contribute to playground injuries:
- Poor maintenance or upkeep of the facilities
- Lack of proper supervision
At a young age, children do not fully appreciate risks as they are not
aware of their own limitations. However, it is not their responsibility
to be concerned over these matters--it is the responsibility of those
who supervise, protect, and oversee these playgrounds. Teachers and childcare
providers are most commonly trusted to be attentive in order to address
dangerous situations, preventing injury. Legally, daycare centers and
schools are required to act with the responsibility and foresight of a
parent while supervising a child.
Contact Our Personal Injury Lawyers Today
If your child was injured as a result of negligence from their supervisor,
or the lack of regular inspection and repair of the playground equipment, our
personal injury lawyers want to fight on your child’s behalf. At Sweetser Law Office,
we feel a sincere sense of duty to protect the innocent victims who have
been harmed at the hands of another--don't let your child face these
injuries without the experienced and skilled legal backing of a member
of our team.
Schedule your first, free consultation with a member of our team today.
Contact us by calling (509) 219-0020.