Children today love to go to the playground. Whether it is the one located on their school campus or at a local park nearby to your home, children enjoy having the freedom to run around and just let loose. Unfortunately, playgrounds can become a hazard for some children, especially those who are inexperienced with climbing or generally don’t play around other kids. And sometimes, these hazards can lead to your child sustaining a serious or even fatal injury.
KARE reported back at the beginning of August that a nine-year-old boy died as a result of a playground accident in Comfrey, MN. Comfrey Police Chief Eric Schwarzrock stated that emergency crews “responded to a medical call about an unresponsive child at 112 Eastern Avenue” at around 5:30 p.m. The child was transported to Springfield Medical Center where medical staff attempted to resuscitate the child, however, their efforts were unsuccessful. It was at the hospital where the child was pronounced dead.
Unfortunately, this child isn’t the only one to suffer from a playground accident. Kidshealth.org highlighted that “more than 200,000 kids are treated in hospital ERs for playground-related injuries” each year. But, the truth is, many playground accidents can be avoided when the right safety precautions are put into place. And because we understand how important it is for your child to be safe while playing, below we are sharing with you a few safety tips for those who enjoy taking their kids to the playground.
- Don’t forget to supervise. While playgrounds give parents a break from entertaining, never should a parent or caregiver leave a child alone and without their supervision. According to the source, “adult supervision can help prevent injuries by making sure kids properly use playground equipment and don’t engage in unsafe behavior around it.” And in the event a child does get hurt, the adult responsible for supervising them is right there to tend to them or get them the medical help they need.
- Check the playground surfaces to be sure they are safe to play on. Not only should you inspect the actual playground equipment to be sure there is nothing sharp or hazardous sticking out, but you also want to be sure the ground is “soft enough and thick enough to soften the impact of a child’s fall.” The source says that if the ground is made of concrete, asphalt or blacktop, it is not safe and is unacceptable for your child to play on.
- Be sure your child is playing on equipment that is age appropriate. Playgrounds are built based on different age groups, which include infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged kids. Your child is the safest when they are playing in the area that is appropriate for their age group.
- Check that the playground is clean and well maintained. The source says there should be no broken equipment, and if there is anything made out of wood, it shouldn’t be “cracking or splintering.” You also don’t want your child to play on anything that is rusted or is made of a material that can burn them.
Kidshealth.org has many other playground safety tips to consider and if you are interested, you can read them by clicking here.
You may be entitled to file a personal injury claim on behalf of your child if you believe the City of Minneapolis was responsible for causing the accident they engaged in at the park or on the playground.
Now, aside from being cognizant of the ways you can keep your kids safe at the playground, you should also be aware that in the event your child ever sustains an injury while playing at a park or playground in Minneapolis, MN because it wasn’t maintained, or the equipment was unsafe, you may have a personal injury claim on your hands.
The city is responsible for the upkeep of local playgrounds and if they failed to do this, you may be able to recover compensation for the pain and suffering your child endured as a result of an accident. To learn more about how you can file a claim against the city of Minneapolis, MN, contact The Law Office of Martin T. Montilino at 612-236-1320 to speak with a qualified Minneapolis accident attorney.
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