Playground Accident Injuries in Oklahoma

As the Oklahoma weather continues to warm, but ahead of the blistering dog days of summer, local playgrounds are buzzing with children enjoying the spring weather.  Oklahoma child injury lawyers would like to take this opportunity to remind families to use caution and be aware of potential hazards of playgrounds and playground equipment. At least two Oklahoma children's deaths have been attributed to playground accidents since late August 2010. On August 19, 2010, nine year old Alyssa Avila suffered a head injury on the playground at Wyandotte Elementary School.  Alyssa had been playing on the X-Wave, a new piece of playground equipment, when she fell off.  Though she suffered no injuries from the fall itself, the X-Wave struck the girl on the head as she attempted to get up.  She was transported to the hospital, where she died approximately two hours after sustaining the injury.  Cathy Collins, the mother of the girl, has filed a lawsuit in her daughter's death, naming Xccent, Inc., manufacturer of the X-Wave; Noah's Parks and Playgrounds, of Edmond, which sold the X-Wave to Wyandotte Elementary School; and Wyandotte Public Schools as defendants. On November 11, 2011, the body of nine-year-old Hannah Todd was found buried in a sandbox at a Tulsa playground.  Investigators say that children liked to dig tunnels in the sand, and that Hannah's death was likely the result of a tragic playground accident. Oklahoma City playground accident lawyers understand that most parents work diligently to protect their children, but a new report from pediatric orthopedists around the nation is showing that one "protective measure" taken by parents is responsible for a dramatic increase in one specific playground injury.  According to a Yahoo! article by Lylah M. Alphonse, one pediatric orthopedist began seeing so many cases of toddlers with broken legs that he began to evaluate the cause.  In less than one year, Dr. John Gaffney of Winthrop University Hospital saw fifty eight cases of children with broken tibia (shin bones).  In thirteen of those cases, the children had broken their legs while going down a slide on the lap of a parent or older sibling. Many parents choose to ride the slide with their toddlers to try to keep their little ones safe from falling.  However, if the child's shoe snags on the side or bottom of the slide, there is a good chance the child's leg will break as a result.  A child sliding alone is generally able to stop himself or herself to free the leg, but in the lap of a child, the velocity is too great, and the parent generally does not even realize their child has been injured until they reach the bottom of the slide. Experts caution parents from sliding with their children, saying that if a child is too young to slide unaccompanied, then he or she is too young for the slide and should find a more age-appropriate piece of playground equipment. While some injuries result from unfortunate accidents, others could be prevented if playground equipment is properly designed and maintained and if those responsible for the park or playground implement safety measures on the equipment and surrounding grounds.  If your child's playground accident was caused by the negligence of another person or entity, call an Oklahoma City child injury lawyer for help.