All across Missouri children are heading back to school. Children love playgrounds, where they can slide, swing, climb, run and have fun. However, the U.S. Product Safety Commission reports that more than 200,000 playground accidents occur annually. Many of these incidents require serious medical attention. Even more tragic are the cases of the more than 15 children a year who die on playgrounds.
To make sure your child is safe at school, public playgrounds and home follow the recommendations of the National Program for Playground Safety. The National Program suggests that all play be supervised by an adult, that children play on equipment that is age appropriate, that equipment be monitored for needed repair, and that ground surfaces have debris such as glass removed before play begins.
If your child is injured because of a defective playground, you do have legal rights to pursue damages for your child's injury. Hopefully you won't need this legal remedy if these precautions are followed by Missouri schools and parents supervising play.