The occurrence of playground injuries

Every year, more than 200,000 minors under the age of 15 are treated for playground injuries in emergency rooms across the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Florida parents might be curious to hear the risk factors associated with playgrounds and the types of injuries children often suffer there.

Studies show that girls suffer 55 percent of the reported playground injuries and that children between the ages 5 and 9 are the most likely to suffer playground injuries warranting a visit to the emergency room. Studies also indicate that, when compared to all other types of equipment in public playgrounds, climbers account for the most injuries. However, at home playgrounds, more injuries occur on swings than on any other piece of equipment.

Furthermore, the location of a park might also be a factor worth considering. According to a 1999 New York City study, more playground hazards were reported in low-income communities than in high-income communities.

Among the children injured on playgrounds, about 45 percent suffer concussions, dislocations, fractures, amputations and internal injuries, reportedly. From 1990 to 2000, 147 kids under the age of 15 died from playground injuries, 31 died from falls and 82 died from asphyxiation, studies show. Among these deaths, 70 percent happened on playgrounds at home.

When children are injured on a public playground or at a daycare, their parents might speak with an attorney to ascertain whether premises liability may be a factor. Civil action may be warranted if there is incontrovertible evidence that faulty equipment or poor maintenance contributed to the playground injury. In this way, parents may recover the economic losses they suffered in association with their child’s treatment.

SourceCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, “Playground Injuries: Fact Sheet “, November 22, 2014