Like any major American city, Clearwater and the surrounding areas have thousands of public and private playgrounds that local children use on a daily basis. These facilities can be excellent resources for parents and children alike, allowing often high-energy children to play and learn invaluable social and physical skills in a safe environment. Unfortunately, as it turns out, these supposedly safe environments sometimes turn out to contain unnoticed potential hazards, often due to the negligence of the person or party responsible for the maintenance or construction of the playground. In fact, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates  that emergency departments around the United States treat in excess of 200,000 children aged 14 or younger for injuries sustained at playgrounds each year.
It bears noting that while playgrounds are generally used by younger children, older children and adults can also be injured in playground-related accidents, whether they occur while supervising younger family members or engaging in physical activities of their own. Many adults have been known to take advantage of jungle gyms and other playground equipment as makeshift gym equipment while out for a run or other form of exercise.
Why do playground injuries occur?
Playground injuries can occur for a number of reasons, including a person’s own negligence or simple clumsiness. As a result, not all playground injuries are legally actionable. In some cases, however, playground accidents occur because of the negligence of the person or party responsible for the design, construction, or maintenance of the playground. Some of the more common examples of the types of hazardous playground conditions that are often the result of negligence include:
- Exposed hardware
- Sharp edges
- Hard surfaces below climbing equipment
- Slippery surfaces
- Contaminated items
- Pinch points
- Inadequate maintenance
- Entrapment hazards
- Poor equipment spacing
- Lack of guardrails on platforms
Of course, there are many other potential hazards that may be present on a playground and could cause an injury. Whether these hazards constitute legal negligence is often dependent on a variety of factors, so anyone who has suffered an injury on a playground should discuss the matter with an experienced Clearwater premises liability attorney as soon as possible after an accident occurs.
What kinds of injuries can people sustain in playground accidents?
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There is virtually no limit to the types of injuries that a person could sustain while utilizing a playground. They could range from the obvious, such as a broken bone due to a particularly bad fall, to the relatively uncommon, such as a serious infection that resulting from a cut from a contaminated piece of debris. This being said, certain playground injuries tend to occur more than others. Among the most common are the following:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries and concussions 
- Soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
These injuries can range from mild to severe, and sometimes even have the potential to result in long-term medical complications that can significantly alter the course of a victim’s life. Fortunately, Florida tort law allows individuals who are injured by the negligence of others to recover for their losses, including losses that have not yet occurred. These types of damages can be particularly important when the injured party happens to be a young person, as certain injuries may require years of medical care and treatment and may also keep him or her from being able to take advantage of opportunities later in life.
Contact a Clearwater personal injury attorney today to schedule a free consultation
Individuals or parents of individuals who have been injured while using playground facilities may be able to recover significant compensation for their medical expenses and other losses. The Clearwater personal injury lawyers of the Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA are dedicated to helping people who are hurt in preventable accidents hold those at fault for their injuries legally liable. We take all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we do not collect any attorney’s fees unless we obtain recovery on your behalf. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at (727) 451-6900.
Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756