Washington DC Playground Accidents are a Leading Cause of Injuries to Minors

With spring well under way, more kids are making their way back outdoors and onto playgrounds. Unfortunately, playground accidents are a leading cause of injuries to children in the 5-14 age group. SafeKids USA reports about 150,000 playground injuries a year result in ER visits, with injuries ranging from cuts, bruises, and scrapes to traumatic brain injuries, fractures, broken bones, dislocations, amputations, and other serious injuries. Approximately 10 playground fatalities occur in the US annually. Washington DC playground accident injuries can occur in public parks, private backyards, residential areas, daycare centers, on school grounds, and other premises where playground equipment has been set up for kids to use.

Common Causes of DC Playground Accidents:
• Inadequate supervision
• Defective or deteriorating playground equipment and rides
• Poorly designed playgrounds
• Inadequate maintenance
• Rust or sharp edges on equipment
• Inadequate protective surfacing that doesn’t provide a proper cushion in case of a fall
• Not enough space between equipment
• Trip hazards
• Playground equipment that is inappropriate or too advanced for the kids that are likely to use them
• Elevated surfaces that lack guardrails

Playground operators must make sure that their premise and the equipment on it are safe for use and that all precautions have been taken to decrease the chances of a DC playground accident. It is also the responsibility of playground equipment manufacturers to make sure that their products are safe for us.

Examples of Common Playground Accidents
• Falls from slides or jungle gyms
• Trip and fall accidents
• Burn injuries from equipment made of metal that can get hot
• Falls from swings
Playground Injuries, CDC
Playground Safety, Safekids
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Our Washington DC injuries to minor attorneys would like to offer you a free case evaluation. Contact us about your child’s DC playground accident today.

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