CDC Reports Playground Injuries At School
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
As the summer ends, a new school year begins in the Greater St. Louis area.
Another school year means your child will be spending a large amount of
time at school learning and playing. Every parent relies on school officials
and staff to provide adequate
safety for their children not just in the classroom, but on the playground as
well. According to a summary of information gathered by the Centers For
Disease Control and Prevention, over 200,000 school age children, 14 and
younger, are injured on playgrounds every year in the United States. While
some of these injuries are related to at home playgrounds or parks, many
playground injuries happen at school during recess.
A study on playground injuries by the CDC reports 45% of playground injuries
that occur at a park or school are severe and include concussions, dislocations,
fractures, internal injuries, and amputations. The cost of these playground
injuries cost nearly $1.2 billion annually. The CDC report also states
children ages five to nine account for more injuries at school playgrounds
than any other group. Girls are more likely to have a playground-related
injury than boys, but only slightly. The CDC reviews emergency room visits
and those treated medically for playground-related injuries.
No one wants to receive a call learning that their child has been hurt
at school. If your child has been injured at school and you believe negligence
played a role in the injury, please
contact Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC, as soon as possible. An attorney at our
St. Louis personal injury law firm will help you understand your legal
options during a free case review.