The school year will be in full swing in about a month and a half. Some children attend school year-round thanks to summer school offerings. A handful of kids are lucky enough to live near a playground or other play space. Others access playgrounds at daycare. However, most children access playgrounds during recess at school.
If your little one is hurt while on a playground or when participating in any school-related function in New Mexico or Arizona, it is time to contact an attorney with experience representing injured children.
At Lerner and Rowe, our legal team knows exactly what is necessary to prove negligence (the lack of due care) and help our clients off all ages obtain the compensation they deserve for injuries and other damages.
Common Causes of Playground Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control, several hundred thousand injuries occur on playgrounds every single year. Nearly half of these injuries are serious in nature, such as:
- Broken bones;
- Dislocations; and,
- Internal and head injuries.
The causes of these serious injuries and the countless small tissue injuries that occur on playgrounds are incredibly wide-ranging. One of the most common causes is the lack of adequate maintenance.
Playgrounds across Arizona and New Mexico have fallen into a state of disrepair. Equipment and structures in these play areas are exposed to harsh sun rays, brutally strong winds, powerful rain storms, and other elements. These weather extremes contribute to splintering, cracking, and rotting, which create all sorts of risks for our little ones.
If your child’s school, daycare, municipality, or other private entity has failed to properly maintain its playground and your child endures an injury, there may be grounds for legal action.
Trips, Slips, and Falls at Playgrounds
Plenty of playgrounds have components that create tripping, slipping, and falling hazards. This is often due to poor design. In some instances, these injuries stem from inadequate maintenance or faulty repairs.
Common slip, trip, and fall hazards at playgrounds include:
- Elevated section of rubber flooring;
- Nails on the playground with exposed ends;
- Extraordinarily large rocks; and,
- Overly-thick sand or scattered debris.
Inadequate Supervision on Playgrounds
Oftentimes, a child’s playground injury can be attributed to the lack of supervision. School and daycare playgrounds should be supervised at all times. Unfortunately, many of these spaces have minimal, if any, supervision.
The bottom line is if you leave your child in the care of a teacher or daycare center staff member, this professional should ensure your child’s safety when enjoying his day away from home.
There is a good chance your child’s playground injury is fully or partially attributable to a school or daycare center employees’ failure to provide due care. Perhaps the employee was distracted by her cell phone. Maybe she was at the vending machines when another child pushed your little one off the edge of an elevated portion of the playground and onto a sharp rock.
Connect with our Arizona and New Mexico playground injury attorneys and we will help you obtain compensation for your child’s pain and medical bills.
The New Mexico and Arizona Playground Injury Attorneys are on Your Side
If your child endures any sort of injury while at a playground or in school, don’t assume it is your little one’s fault. If there is any shred of evidence that the property owner acted in a negligent manner, we will help you obtain compensation. You should not have to foot the bill for medical expenses, pain, and suffering resulting from a playground or school-related injury.
Reach out to us toll-free at 844-977-1900 to schedule a consultation. Our typical office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., yet we’ll take your phone call 24/7.
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