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Playgrounds aren't all fun and games

A study out of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control found that there has been a significant increase in the rate of traumatic brain injuries at playgrounds. You would think that one of the few guaranteed safe places for your child would be a playground. Unfortunately, this study may seem to disagree. As with any scientific study, it is a snapshot, not the entire story, so read it with an appropriate amount of skepticism.

The study followed children under 14 from 2005 to 2013. It noted a significant increase in the number of children going to emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries. Boys accounted for 58.6 percent of injuries.

The authors theorize, rather than a rash of shoddily constructed playgrounds being the culprit, that instead it is an increased awareness of brain injury harms. This would coincide with the increasing media attention on brain injuries in sports, specifically football. This increased awareness may have prompted parents to take brain injuries more seriously and take their children to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

The vast majority of children, 95.6 percent, were treated and released without need for further care. So while the rate of emergency room admissions may be up, it does not appear that overall rates of brain injuries are up for young children on playgrounds. The study emphasizes that if you are concerned, it is better safe than sorry. There are many unseen injuries that can manifest later.

If your child was injured due to a doctor's error or carelessness, then you may have an actionable claim. You may want to speak to an attorney to review your options. Medical malpractice cases are notoriously complex which is why it is all the more important you speak to a lawyer who has handled these cases before. Getting the compensation you deserve or the answers you need is not always easy, but that does not mean you shouldn't try.

Source: ABC News, "More Children Are Suffering Traumatic Brain Injuries at the Playground, Study Says," Gillian Mahoney, May 2, 2016

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