A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that there has been a staggering rise in the amount of child concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI) for children under the age of fourteen. The study found that of over the 215,000 TBI injuries that were brought into the emergency room, more than percent had suffered some form of concussion. The study found a shocking result from 2006 to 2013 that the rate of brain injury for a child doubled for some age groups. If your child is hurt on the playground, regardless of the extent, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the creator and owner of the playground, the equipment and anyone in charge of maintaining the playground. It is important you talk to a reliable Rhode Island personal injury lawyer to discuss your options.
Why Are Concussions Dangerous for Children?
Although concussions are considered the least serious among the traumatic brain injuries, many children can see the effects of the injury for days or even months after hitting their heads. However, if a child was to get multiple concussions because of hitting their head at playgrounds, this could lead to more serious brain injuries, or worse, brain damage. Because of the proportionality of the child’s head to their body, falling off a swing or hitting their head on a slide could be more serious than an adult, with children being much more vulnerable to this injury. Signs of a concussion to look for after hitting their head at a playground include confusion, dizziness, vomiting, headaches and nausea. With some children, they may experience a “woozy feeling” leading to a loss in balance and concentrated eye sight.
Where Are The Most Common Places for Children to Get a Concussion?
As discussed above, playgrounds are a common source for children to sustain head injuries. This is because of the amount of running around and enjoyment this can bring to a child. Some frequent spots where a child could receive an injury would be on the swings, where it is easy for a child to fall either backwards or forwards and make contact with the ground with their head, the monkey bars, where a child can easily fall and hit their head and on a slide, where a child can slip when sliding down and hit the back of their head on the plastic or metal slide.
Of course, the child could also simply trip and fall, be pushed over by another child, or slip on a wet surface. With all of these potential dangers and the children moving at a fast pace while playing, it is important that the adults have concentrated supervision on their children. This is especially vital when the child falls, as it is important to make sure that your child has not sustained one of the above injuries.
Contact a Rhode Island Injury Lawyer
The experienced Rhode Island injury lawyers at d’Oliveira & Associates have many years of experience, which they can put to work for you. If you or someone you know has been injured, contact one of our experienced Rhode Island injury lawyers located throughout the state. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. No fees are received unless you win your case. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out our contact form online.