With cooler temperatures upon us, children are more active, and local parks and playgrounds provide the perfect place to enjoy time outdoors. Parks and recreation areas are a great option for kids to get much-needed exercise, meet up with friends, and enjoy an active lifestyle. It is important to recognize that using playground equipment or recreational facilities does carry some risk, however. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), on an annual basis, kids under 14 suffer more than 200,000 accidental injuries requiring hospitalization or emergency medical aid. Many of these injuries are avoidable with parental supervision, park and equipment upkeep, and inspections to ensure abidance of local and state structural codes.
Equipment in disrepair and equipment that is unsafe due to code violations represent two concerns at public recreation areas, playgrounds, and private daycare venues. Play structures should comply with all local building ordinances, and be in safe and clean condition. Elevated play structures such as monkey bars or rails must have a soft surface beneath them to prevent fractured bones, concussions, or neck injury in the event of a fall.
Whenever making use of public recreation areas, supervision is the most important factor in preventing accidents. Should your child be hurt or killed as a result of injury at a public play area, pool, or daycare, it is vital to determine if negligence on the part of the owner was a contributing factor in the accident. If it is proven that the owner knew about (or should have known about) unsafe conditions, they may be liable for providing compensation for your child’s medical care, pain and suffering, as well as other damages.
If you or a family member have been injured in an auto accident, motorcycle wreck, public transportation wreck or at a recreation area, call Atlanta personal injury lawyer | Savannah personal injury lawyer Ty Wilson for an evaluation of your injury claim at 1-866-937-5454. Ty is dedicated to educating the injured and the families of the injured as he helps them to navigate their personal injury claims.