St. Louis School & Playground Injury Attorneys
Does Your Child Have Everything They Need for a Full Recovery?
Playgrounds are fun, carefree places, but playground injuries are no joke. If your child has been involved in a playground accident, you may be eligible for compensation. Though not every case is eligible for compensation, many playground accidents cause severe fractures and dislocations as a result of schools or public parks not properly maintaining these play areas. The Dixon Injury Firm is committed to helping you during this trying time and ensuring that your child and family are taken care of.
Every year, emergency rooms treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger due to playground accident injuries. If your child is involved in a playground accident, it’s important to consult a medical professional immediately. Even if your child seems fine, they could have an internal injury or a concussion. After having your child examined for injuries, it’s important to consult a playground accident lawyer. If your child has sustained playground injuries, our playground injury lawyers in St. Louis understand that this should be taken seriously.
To start learning about your options for a claim, call our firm at (314) 208-2808 today. We can provide you with a free case review.
Playground Injuries Are Far from Child’s Play
A 17-year-old St. Louis student was seriously injured at school due to violence from classmates. The girl suffered severe brain damage and temporary blindness because of the incident. In a report from last year, it was reported that there were 1,336 head injuries suffered by high school football players and various other injuries sustained due to cheerleading, soccer, etc. If your child sustains a school injury, it is critical to have a medical professional examine them immediately. While an injury might seem minor, small injuries can worsen if not treated. Serious internal injuries and concussions do not always have easily detected symptoms either, so it is important to consult a medical professional.
Common School Injuries
Children are unpredictable, so there are various reasons why a school injury might occur. Running across a crowded playground can be dangerous, as can wobbly desks and slick floors.
Some of the most common school injuries reported are:
- Ankle injuries
- Knee injuries
- Head injuries
- Wrist injuries
- Neck injuries
With an average of 23 students to a class and only one teacher to look after them, poor monitoring and supervision can lead to school injuries. A lack of maintained playgrounds, workout equipment for athletes, and classroom seating can also cause many injuries. Schools are insured by large insurance companies who will try and settle school injuries for the least amount possible. If your child has been injured while at school, The Dixon Injury Firm understands child injury and school regulation laws on both the state and federal level.
What Can Be Done to Prevent Playground Accidents
Parents often wonder how they can keep their children safe at school. If your child is involved in sports, ensure that they’re using the right equipment. When choosing clothes, avoid loose fabrics that can catch on things, or slippery shoes. Teach your child to seek adult help if someone is bullying them at school to avoid school physical and emotional injuries. While injuries such as falling out of poorly-built desks and tripping over loose playground happen, you can seek compensation for the damages that occur from the injury. In the event that your child is injured at school, it is important to seek legal help from a school injury lawyer to ensure that your child and family are protected.
Meanwhile, though playgrounds are a lot less dangerous than they used to be, they are still prone to accidents. For example, high monkey bars, tall rock-climbing walls, and wobbly or rusty swings can all be hazardous.
It is essential to look out for these playground hazards that can cause serious playground injuries:
- Potential trip hazards such as rocks, branches, or loose play mats
- Sharp metal edges on equipment, or platforms without guardrails
- Overcrowded play areas to avoid a child being hit by a swing or seesaw
- Concrete surfaces rather than soft mulch, sand, or wood chips underneath
- Children playing on age-inappropriate equipment, such as children under 4 on ladders or other climbing equipment, or playing unsupervised
Consult The Dixon Injury Firm
Our St. Louis school injury lawyers are dedicated to helping parents with their child’s injuries and have the resources and experience needed to seek out the most compensation We utilize a contingency payment plan, which means that legal representation is free. Christopher R. Dixon has been recognized as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” and has repeatedly been awarded the honor of “Rising Star” by The National Trial Lawyers Association.
If your child has sustained school injuries and you need a school injury lawyer, contact our firm today to find out more about what you may be entitled to receive.