One of the recent headlines on Yahoo News was a story that playground concussions are on the rise.
You might be surprised to find that I think this is great news. Why?
I don’t think the actual number of concussions are rising. Instead, I think parents and school nurses and such are getting much better at looking for and diagnosing concussions.
This diagnoses is important. I not only see kids affected with brain injuries in my practice, but I’ve watched my own kid struggle with a concussion.
These are serious injuries that need to be treated seriously. But they can’t be properly treated if they’re not diagnosed.
There are also potential legal aspects in these claims. For example, depending on the circumstances, a playground injury may give rise to a claim or lawsuit against:
- the party that owned the playground
- the party who designed the playground
- the party who built the playground
- the party who was responsible for maintaining the playground
- the party who made modifications to the playground
If your kid is hurt on a playground, the first order of business is to make sure they get the care they need. After that, if the problems are serious, then talk to a lawyer to discuss your options.