A few weeks ago we wrote a blog about head injuries from playing football. While concussions from sports are what most generally think of, thousands of children get concussions every year. How? From doing what they do every day, playing.
Brain and head injuries can happen anytime and these head injuries have happened at playgrounds prominently. A study by the Centers for Disease Control found that close to 21,000 kids, 14 and younger suffer from traumatic brain injuries every year. This number proves that the rate of concussions among children is continuing to rise. While the cause is unknown, the CDC recommends more adult supervision, equipment maintenance, and safer environments at playgrounds in general.
Most of these accidents occur on apparatuses such as the swings or monkey bars; especially when the ground is concrete or another hard material. The CDC recommends playgrounds use rubber chips, wood chips or sand.
Who is Liable if Your Child Gets a Concussion at the playground?
There are many different parties that could be liable if your child is injured at a playground:
- Playground Equipment Manufacturers are responsible to make sure their products are safe for kids to use. They could be liable if a child is injured by using their product. If the equipment lacks safety warnings, is put together poorly or had an incorrect design, they could be liable.
- The location of the playground could also play a role in liability. If the accident occurred on a playground that was on school or city property, you could have a premises liability claim.