Back-to-School Can Mean Child Injury in Oklahoma

Though many child injuries occur at home, and active children are frequently involved in accidents during the summer, school and daycare accident attorneys in Oklahoma caution parents, teachers, child care providers, and drivers to be aware of the dangers that may be associated with the start of a new school year. Children can be accident-prone, and bumps and bruises are virtually unavoidable.  However, when unintentional injuries surpass diseases as a health threat to the nation's children, it is important that day care providers, teachers and school administrators, parents, and other responsible adults pay close attention to safety protocols that can prevent injuries and save lives. School and daycare injuries are frequently sustained on the playground, but can come from a variety of sources:

  • Playground accidents
  • School bus accidents
  • Pedestrian and crosswalk accidents
  • Field trip injuries
  • Youth sports injuries
  • Daycare accidents
  • Unsafe equipment
  • Poorly maintained or unsafe premises
  • Inadequate supervision
  • Use of unsafe child and baby products
  • Bullying, abuse, and assault
Numerous stories of children being hurt, critically injured, or even killed at or near schools and child care facilities have plagued Oklahoma in recent years.  In April, a 14-year-old middle school student in Enid was beaten until unconscious and required surgery after a fight broke out during a dodgeball game at Longfellow Middle School.  Also in April, two Tulsa daycare workers were arrested on child abuse complaints after intentionally feeding habanero sauce to a 13-month-old in their care.  Two years ago, as students returned to school in Wyandotte, Oklahoma, a 9-year-old girl was killed after she fell off of a piece of playground equipment and it struck her in the head as she attempted to get up. Yes, accidents will happen to children, but many accidents are avoidable if adults act responsibly.  Playground equipment should be safe and adequately maintained.  Drivers should watch for children in crosswalks and school zones, and should regard school bus warning lights.  Caregivers should closely monitor children to protect their safety.  Schools and childcare facilities should be responsive to threats and warnings of bullying and abuse.  Floors and walkways should be kept clear of hazards and obstructions including spills, ice, loose rugs, and other slip and fall hazards.  School employees and child care providers should be aware of child allergies and conscientious in avoiding allergens around susceptible children.  Coaches and teachers should be aware of weather conditions, including potentially dangerous heat, when allowing students to play outside or practice a sport.  Proper sports equipment should be used to prevent sports injuries, including concussions, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury. If your child is injured at school or daycare, you may be able to receive financial compensation for your child's injury.  Contact an experienced Oklahoma child injury lawyer for help.