When you take your child to a North Carolina day care, you expect your child to be safe. Sometimes, though, a child might sustain an injury while he or she plays on the playground equipment if the staff members do not keep a close eye on the kids. At the Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd P.A., we know you have many questions about how these wounds occur.

Playgrounds can present many hazards to your child as he or she plays. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 200,000 children under the age of 14 sustain injuries at playgrounds each year. Children can get hurt when they trip over rocks and tree stumps or if they fall off the monkey bars and other climbing equipment. Additionally, your child might incur a wound as he or she goes down the slide or plays on the swings. In some situations, a child might get hurt because the play equipment is not well-maintained. Researchers are still trying to understand all of the factors involved in these injuries. 

Playground injuries include abrasions and fractures. Sometimes, though, your child might sustain a traumatic brain injury if he or she falls off a swing or the climbing equipment. A child might be more likely to get hurt if there is a hard surface under the playground equipment instead of mulch or wood chips. 

Although the staff members of many day cares may tell you they have your child’s wellbeing in mind, it may sometimes be difficult for them to carry out the kind of care you expect. Some day cares do not have enough staff members and the care providers may not be able to keep an eye on each child as he or she plays. When this is the case, a child might easily get hurt. More information on this subject is available on our webpage.