Here's What You Need to Know About Serious Playground Injuries

Personal injuries can happen to anyone, but what should you do if your child is the one who gets hurt?

Each year, there are nearly 40 million doctor's visits for unintentional or accidental injuries. In many cases, these injuries have occurred due to negligence, dog bites, slip and fall accidents, or even car accidents. A personal injury can affect anyone. Regardless of where you work, live, or go to school, you can become hurt. What happens if the person who becomes injured is your child, though? One of the most common ways children experience personal injuries is on the playground. Children who play outside on playground equipment generally just want to have fun with their friends; however, they sometimes experience serious injuries that can quickly destroy any chances of having fun or enjoying themselves. Although playground injuries may be common, they can sometimes be quite serious. More importantly, the injury may not be your child's fault.

So what should you do if your child is injured on a playground? Here's what you need to know.

What kind of playground injuries can occur?

Some of the most common playground injuries include fractured bones, including wrists, arms, or legs. In many cases, a child may fall off of playground equipment and become injured. In other cases, equipment may malfunction and lead to injury. Sometimes, a responsible caregiver may turn their head or fail to monitor a child's actions on the playground. This can lead to slips, falls, and broken bones.

Who is responsible?

One of the first questions you might have when dealing with a playground personal injury is, "Who is at fault?" If your child was injured at school, for example, you may wonder whether there was adequate supervision of your child. In some cases, the school may be responsible for the injury if they did not have enough people supervising your child while they were at play. Similarly, if the school failed to notice that equipment was damaged or otherwise unusable, they may be responsible for the accident entirely.

Sometimes, the playground manufacturer may actually be the responsible party. If faulty equipment was provided or if there were no warning signs visible on the equipment, they may be shown to be responsible for the injury that occurred. For example, the manufacturer of the equipment will need to clearly state if the playground should be used by children of a certain height, weight, or age.

What should you do?

Once your child has received proper medical care, make sure you meet with a personal injury lawyer who can assess the situation. Your attorney will consider the situation, ask you questions about what happened, and explore reasonable solutions with you. In some cases, you may choose to move forward with a lawsuit. Your lawyer can explain the process to you and talk about what your next steps should be.

Remember that no matter what you're dealing with, your first step should be to seek medical treatment for your child and then to consult with a personal injury attorney who can evaluate the situation and talk about your options with you.