Children love to play, especially on playground equipment. When a playground becomes a danger zone, it can take the fun right out of a child and cause injuries plus physical and emotional scarring.
Playground-related injuries in Iowa and throughout the United States have more than doubled since 1980 and are caused by a number of factors, including: defective playground equipment, swing accidents, failure to provide protective surfacing in case of a fall, lack of adult supervision, and more.
According to a playground safety fact sheet from Safe Kids USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing childhood injuries, hundreds of children have died on public playground equipment over the years, and hundreds of thousands have sustained playground-related injuries.
Facts on Playground Injuries and Fatalities
Although playground falls are typically non-fatal, there are many fall-related deaths associated with playground equipment. According to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) study, about 80 percent of public playgrounds had protective surfacing to protect children in case of a fall. That means about 20 percent of playgrounds do not have protective surfacing and can increase your child's risks for head injuries and fatalities in the event of a fall.
3 Things You Can Do to Help Reduce Your Child's Playground Injuries
If your child suffered Iowa playground injuries after a playground accident at school, at a public park, or at someone else's house, you need to find out your rights. Call an experienced Cedar Rapids product liability lawyer to speak with a qualified attorney at the law offices of Brady Preston Gronlund at (319) 866-9277 in a free legal evaluation.