New Jersey Playground Accident Lawyer
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger receive emergency room treatment for playground injuries each year. If a playground accident results in injury to your child, a New Jersey playground accident lawyer at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, will have the experience and dedication you need to seek justice on their behalf. In today’s screen-driven world, parents should be able to trust their children are safe when playing in parks and on playgrounds. A personal injury lawsuit can protect other children from suffering the harms your child did and ensure your child receives proper medical care.
Types of Playground Injuries
Scrapes and bruises are a normal part of growing up. However, many playground accidents result in serious abrasions and contusions that require medical treatment. According to the CDC, these injuries make up around 56% of emergency room visits for playground accidents.
More seriously, slip and falls can result in head trauma and traumatic brain injury. The CDC reports more than 20,000 children receive treatment for traumatic brain injuries each year. The rates of emergency room visits have increased significantly in recent years, with most accidents involving monkey bars, climbing equipment, or swings.
Strangulation is a significant injury suffered in playground accidents as well; 68% of playground accident deaths were the result of strangulation from swings, ropes, slides, or a combination of factors.
If your child suffered any of the above common injuries, speak with a knowledgeable New Jersey personal injury lawyer experienced in playground accident cases.
Causes of Playground Accidents in New Jersey
Negligent maintenance of the playground and playground equipment is one of the biggest causes of playground accidents. No matter the quality of the components used in building the playground, without proper maintenance, ropes will fray, metal pieces will rust, wood rots, and pieces come loose or break. These neglected components leave sharp edges that can cause cuts or punctures, unstable pieces that lead to falls, or equipment that fails when in use.
At times, even the most well-maintained playground equipment may fail if it was poorly designed or there is a defect in its manufacture. Companies that design and manufacture playground equipment have a duty to ensure their products are safe for children to play on. In the same manner, those who install the equipment have a duty to ensure that they have followed all the customary procedures to correctly install the equipment.
Children require reasonable supervision to ensure they do not injure themselves while at play. Parents may vigilantly oversee their children while at home, but at school, they must rely on teachers and other school personnel. If a school fails to provide adequate supervision on the playground, or those entrusted with supervising your children are not careful in their duties, children may suffer injuries as a result. Negligent supervision is one of the most significant causes of playground accidents that our New Jersey playground accident lawyers see.
Timeline for Filing a Playground Accident Lawsuit in New Jersey
If an accident on the playground injures your child, you have a limited amount of time in which to file a claim for compensation. New Jersey state law limits you to two years after the date of injury or discovery to file your claim. If the city or another municipality owns the playground, you may have significantly less time to begin your claim.
Protect Your Child’s Rights with a New Jersey Playground Accident Attorney
Playground injuries often require expensive medical treatment and may require you to miss time from work to get your child needed care. You have the right to seek compensation for these damages as well as for your child’s pain and suffering. You also have the right to engage experienced legal counsel to pursue your claim. Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, offers a free consultation for injury victims. Our New Jersey premises liability attorneys will assess your case and help you understand your options. Call (833) 726-6326 to schedule your free consultation today or contact us online.