Local parks, recreation centers, and swimming areas give kids and adults the chance to get fresh air, exercise, and enjoy the outdoors. While visits to parks and playgrounds are a common occurrence, it is important to remember that these areas do present a risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 200,000 accidental injuries involving children under fourteen occur every year, requiring hospitalization or emergency medical care. These accidents are largely preventable, given proper equipment upkeep, and inspections to ensure all local and state building codes are met.
Two of the largest risks involve the inadequate or improper maintenance of park property, playgrounds, and equipment at private daycare facilities. Generally, safety guidelines include proper railings for platforms, and a proper resilient surface under elevated structures such as monkey bars, to cushion a fall and prevent broken bones, head, or back injury.
Public and private swimming pools pose special risks, and extra caution should be taken when using these areas. Pools should be regularly checked and repaired to prevent slipping accidents, head trauma, and drowning. Non-slip treading should be used in any areas where falls could occur due to wet surfaces. Most importantly, drains in a public swimming area must meet code to prevent underwater entrapment.
Whenever using public recreation areas, proper supervision is the key factor in preventing accident or injury. Should your child be hurt or killed as a result of injury at a public play area, pool, or daycare provider, you will need to determine if owner negligence was a contributory factor in the incident. If it is proven that the owner knew about (or should have known about) unsafe conditions, they may be liable for compensation, for your child’s medical care, pain & suffering, in addition to other damages.
If your child has been injured on a Savannah playground, at a Savannah daycare center, or Savannah recreation area, call Savannah premises liability lawyer Ty Wilson to review your claim at 1-866-937-5454.
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