Playground Safety

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Playgrounds are popular destinations for children to run, play and be active. For that reason, playgrounds are places where children frequently get hurt. In the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 years old or younger for playground-related injuries.[1] Children ages five to nine have the highest rates of emergency room visits for playground injuries, with most of these injuries occurring at schools.[2]

Between 2001 and 2008, an average of 218,851 preschool and elementary children received emergency department care for injuries that occurred on playground equipment.[3]

The most common injuries include: contusions…

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