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Playground injury statistics

For parents in Massachusetts, one of the biggest nightmares they might encounter is when their children are seriously injured. Playgrounds, the classic hangouts of children, pose injury risks that are difficult to ignore.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency rooms treat more than 200,000 children each year for injuries received on playgrounds. Those playgrounds located in inner city locations demonstrate greater risk to the children playing in them as they are often poorly maintained. Of injuries that occur on playgrounds, 45 percent are severe fractures, amputations, dislocations, concussions and internal injuries. Seventy-five percent of the injuries occurring each year on playgrounds happen at public playgrounds, with most occurring at schools and daycare facilities. According to research, injuries for children under the age of 14 occurring on playgrounds cost $1.2 billion in 1995. Climbing equipment posed the biggest risk on public playgrounds while swings located at home play areas posed the greatest risk in those locations. Problems in poorly-maintained playgrounds can include rust, jagged edges, trash and fall surfaces that have become damaged over time. It can be frightening for both children and parents when children are seriously injured while simply playing at a playground. When the equipment has not been properly maintained and the hazards are obvious, the property’s owner may be civilly liable for the resulting injuries. Parents may wish to file a premises liability civil lawsuit against the property owner upon which the playground is located. Property owners owe a duty of care to reasonably repair and maintain playground equipment. If a hazard should reasonably have been noticed but nothing was done in order to correct it, the owner may be held liable to compensate the injured child and their family for the losses sustained in the accident. A personal injury attorney may be able to provide advice about playground injuries that have occurred. Source: CDC, “Playground Injuries: Fact Sheet“, December 23, 2014

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