Playground Injures in New Jersey


Posted by: Wiley Lavender on Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Playground injuries are far too common in New Jersey as they are throughout the United States. According to The National Program for Playground Safety’s website, more than 200,000 children are injured and require medical attention from playground injuries each year across the US – staggering numbers indeed.  That is equivalent to more than 500 children per day.  Many of these injuries are quite serious.  These injuries include cuts, broken bones, head trauma, internal trauma and even death. 

Besides kids being kids, there are causes of these injuries that are of no fault of the injured child.  For example, a broken swing or ladder may be the cause of an injury.  Or perhaps the equipment has a defective design which makes it unsafe for children.  Whether public or private, playgrounds need to be safe and maintained for safety.  If your child was hurt due to dangerous, damaged, or defective equipment, you may be able to pursue a legal claim.

Another cause of a playground injury may be the playground itself.  The property owner can be responsible for injuries causes by unkempt property.  The owner is responsible for safety which may include proper fencing, playing surfaces, cleanliness and security.  For example, whose fault is it if a child jumps off a swing and lands on a pile of glass? 

Lastly, a child could get injured, or worse, due to the lack of supervision.   A parent expects that his or her child will be watched and cared for when in daycare, camp, or school.  The playground is a common destination in these situations.  Is the child at fault if he or she gets strangled by a climbing rope and nobody is watching?    

The playground should be filled with fun and laughter.  If you have a playground situation that turns tragic, call us for help.  We will fight for your rights and those of your child.  For more information email us at larry@wileylavender.com.