by Jonathan Rosenfeld
Terrible Playground Accident
It was a wonderful spring afternoon in 2011, and Amanda Bryant decided to take her children to the playground after school rather than return home and go inside. The family was only at the playground five minutes when Amanda’s daughter Catie ran to her mom seeking help: Ned was bleeding. Amanda was surprised that Ned, who was six at the time, was not crying, but she would later realize that was due to shock. Ned had suffered several fractures so severe that bones were protruding from the skin.
The Long Healing Process
Paramedics arrived quickly and stabilized the situation, and then Ned was taken to the hospital, but that was only the beginning of a long journey that is still ongoing. Dr. Leon Benson is the surgeon who performed the orthopedic surgery on Ned’s broken arm. The arm has required three surgeries so far, including a nerve transplant. Prior to the transplant, 8-year-old Ned had very little range of motion in his arm or hand, and he even had trouble grasping cups, utensils and other basic items.
Safe and Accessible Playgrounds
An interesting detail about Dr. Leon Benson, who is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), is that he is deeply involved with the AAOS’ annual Safe and Accessible Playground event. Dr. Benson has dealt with many broken arms and other injuries from playground accidents, and he and his peers warn that our playgrounds are much more dangerous than most people realize. The annual event is an opportunity to spread that message and to make the country safer one playground at a time.
Dangerous Playgrounds are Common
According to the AAOS, more than 220,000 serious injuries to children occur on U.S. playgrounds each year. The primary culprits are monkey bars and climbing walls, which often allow the child to climb higher than his or her age or ability allow or that the playground supports. Ideally, play heights should be dictated by the play surface. Sand, for instance, provides an easier fall than concrete.
Injuries on a Playground
When children suffer injuries on a playground, many parents simply assume that it is their responsibility and foot the bill for the orthopedic surgery through their medical coverage. That may be a mistake, however. If a playground accident occurs, seek assistance from a lawyer immediately because you may have a right to damages that will at least cover the deductibles and likely much more.
Source: Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC. / www.rosenfeldinjurylawyers.com