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Common Back-to-School InjuriesBy Pyle Law, September 02 2019 4:04 pm
You’re getting ready to send your kids back to school, and there is plenty to do. Taking a minute to think about safety can help ensure that your child does not suffer a back-to-school injury. Knowing those injuries that are most common to the season can help your children avoid them. If your child sustained a back-to-school injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence, consult with an experienced Kansas personal injury attorney today.
If your children walk or bike to school, it’s important to review the rules of safety with them. Mapping out the safest route and going on a dry run beforehand will help ensure that your child knows how to handle himself or herself safely and will allow you to scope out any potential risks that you may not have considered. Choose a route with fewer crosswalks, and teach your child to cross where there’s an adult crossing guard whenever possible. If your child bikes to school, make wearing a helmet mandatory. If your children take the bus, talk to them about entering and exiting the vehicle safely. Traffic accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists are exceedingly dangerous and can lead to serious injury.
Even playgrounds that are designed for safety and are well-kept can lead to dangerous accidents. If the playground at your children’s school is not properly designed or maintained, it can be a dangerous place. Playground surfaces that are hard and unyielding – such as concrete – can lead to broken bones in falls from playground equipment. Further, equipment that’s in bad repair can lead to dangerous falls, cuts, and abrasions. Climbing bars and hand-over-hand bars are the most dangerous of all and are responsible for a good portion of falling accidents. Swings and slides are safer choices.
The school your children attend can also lead to accidents. Slippery, fraying, buckled, or otherwise worn flooring can cause dangerous slip and fall accidents. Schools can harbor any number of additional injury risks, including:
Your children picked out special backpacks to begin the new school year, but if that pack is overloaded, it can cause back strain and can even injure your child’s growing body. The best rule of thumb is for young children to carry backpacks that weigh no more than 10 to 20 percent of their current weight. If, for example, your son weighs 50 pounds, he or she should carry a pack that weighs no more than 5 to 10 pounds.
Going back to school is an exciting time for kids everywhere, but accidents happen – and injuries can be the result. If someone else’s negligence caused your child to be injured, the dedicated legal team at Pyle Law is here to help. Attorney Tom Pyle has the experience, skill, and compassion to aggressively advocate for the compensation to which you are entitled. We’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 620-241-9000 or (888) 381-1155 toll-free today.