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Be Alert for Unsafe Playground Equipment

May 8, 2018
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Hundreds of Thousands of U.S. Kids Injured Annually

Unsafe Playground Equipment Often to the Culprit

Do you know whether your child's playground has unsafe playground equipment?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports each year that more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger are treated at emergency departments for playground-related injuries sometimes caused by unsafe playground equipment.

“You're going to see a lot of broken ankles, broken wrists, broken elbows,” said Jeffrey S. Trespel, a personal injury attorney at Will Ferguson & Associates. “Kids trip and fall a lot when they're playing.”

Trespel was recently interviewed on unsafe playground equipment by Albuquerque's KOB-Channel 4. Watch that interview here.

Trespel, who has handled child-injury cases, said when it comes to playgrounds, safety responsibility falls on whoever is in charge of designing and maintaining the playground equipment.

 "Schools and/or the city parks, and a lot of the issues are similar,” said Trespel. “You're dealing with defects in the design and the maintenance of those areas."

A school district's excuse that they don’t have enough money for playground maintenance will not protect them from damages for child injuries caused by unsafe playground equipment. "Lack of budget is not a sufficient legal defense to not providing a safe place for the children to play," Trespel said.

Trespel urged parents to check their children's playground equipment themselves for unsafe playground equipment and to be alert for equipment that may be broken or rusted.

He urges that if your child or the child of a relative is injured on a playground and you suspect faulty equipment is to blame, to call him at Will Ferguson & Associates for a free evaluation of your case.

Will Ferguson & Associates is New Mexico's largest personal injury law firm. Its lawyers specialize in claims involving injuries caused by the negligence of others, including the makers of unsafe playground equipment. Call Jeffrey S. Trespel at 505-633-7070.

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