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Premises liability and playground injuries

Georgia parents may be unaware that each year, about 200,000 children ages 14 and younger are injured seriously enough on playgrounds to warrant emergency medical center visits. It was estimated in 1995 that these injuries cost $1.2 billion.

According to a 2001 study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 75 percent of nonfatal playground injuries occur on public playgrounds, and about 70 percent of fatal playground injuries occur at home playgrounds. Most public playground injuries happened on climbers, while most home playground injuries happened on swings. This same study showed that almost half or roughly 45 percent of playground injuries are severe and include things such as concussions, internal injuries, severe fractures, amputations and dislocations. The study also showed that girls are slightly more susceptible to playground injuries than boys.

A study conducted in 2001 by Ambulatory Pediatrics found that most public playground injuries occur at daycares and schools and that children between the ages of 5 and 9 tend to be the most likely to need emergency medical attention. A 1999 study that compared high and low-income playgrounds and their hazards showed that playgrounds in low-income areas had more hazards that could lead to injury such as trash and rusty equipment.

If a child is injured on a playground at a daycare or school because of faulty equipment, then that establishment may be responsible for the child's injuries. Parents of children that were injured may benefit from contacting a premises liability attorney. An attorney may be able to assist parents in getting financial compensation to help pay for medical bills stemming from the accident.

Source: CDC, "Playground Injuries: Fact Sheet", December 04, 2014

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