Did you know that each year an average of 17 children die because of playground accidents? One expert on playground accidents says that many of the injuries and deaths could be prevented with better safety design and more supervision.
Whenever a child is injured on a playground at school, first aid should be administered and the parents should be notified if more care is needed. Most of the injuries are rather minor and will not need additional medical care. However, 10 percent of the playground injuries in elementary schools are serious enough to require follow-up care. The parents are notified by the school and told that further care is needed.
More than 40 percent of playground injuries occur when proper supervision is lacking. Seventy percent of injuries that happen at school occur during physical education or recess.
In many personal injury lawsuits involving a playground injury, there is an allegation of inadequate supervision. However, does a supervisor always have to observe every child on the playground for every single minute? What if a child’s behavior wasn’t particularly unusual or dangerous? Can a playground supervisor be held liable for a child’s injuries?
An experienced personal injury attorney can answer questions such as these. When accidents occur when your child is under the care of another person or entity, you may have cause for a personal injury lawsuit. Your attorney can provide much more information on how such a lawsuit would proceed through the court in order to seek compensation for your child’s medical bills, pain and suffering, scarring or disfigurement and much more.
Source: Peaceful Playgrounds, “Playground Liability: Accident or Injury,” Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer, accessed March. 31, 2015