By Steven Smith, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
Playgrounds are present in every community and most every elementary school in the United States. Most playgrounds are equipped with a slide. Unfortunately, children suffer injuries when using playground equipment including swings, ladders, monkey bars, slides, and other areas. With respect to slides, many parents and caregivers enjoy sliding down slides with small children on their laps. A medical study conducted by John T. Gaffney, D.O., Orthopaedic Surgeon with Winthrop Orthopaedic Associates in New York was reported in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. Dr. Gaffney studies the relationship between child injuries on playground slides and the cause or mechanism of these child injuries. The study found cases or incidents that showed that parents, who slide down slides with their small children, can often be the cause of fractures to their children. As child and parent go down the slide, the child’s foot or slide can get stuck on the slide. Due to the weight and force of the parent, an injury can result to the child’s leg or foot that gets stuck. You can read more about this story at Playground Slides – Risks of Injuries to Small Children.