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The Seven Most Common School and Daycare Injuries

Every parent and guardian wants their child to be safe at all times, even when out of sight. This same expectation of safety continues when you drop your child off at school. You hope and believe that your child will be safe under the supervision of the caregivers and teachers in charge.

But accidents, and injuries, can occur, even when your child is at school. Receiving a phone call that your child has been involved in an accident and suffered an injury can be disastrous.

School and Daycare Injury Statistics

School and daycare injuries might be more common than you would think. Each year, unintentional injuries result in over 12,000 deaths for children between the ages of 0-19 years. 

Additionally, millions of kids are admitted into emergency rooms each year due to injuries. Many injuries occur on the playground, while at school or daycare.

Most school and daycare injuries are preventable and knowing the risks can help you keep your children safe. These are a few of the most common school and daycare injuries:

Unintentional Strangulation

Playground equipment can be dangerous. Ropes or swings can wrap around your child, leading to accidental strangulation. This is why school authorities and staff are required to ensure all equipment is safe before use. Children should also never be left unsupervised when on the playground.


Fractures or broken bones are also common on the playground. This type of injury usually occurs from trips and falls. Broken bones can be problematic as children’s bones are still growing.

Head Injuries

Children can fall off of equipment on the playground, leading to head injuries. Similar injuries may also occur if they slip and fall. Head injuries require immediate medical attention to ensure they do not have a concussion.

Internal Injuries

Internal injuries are also possible and can be especially scary, because they are not always easy to identify. They are also one of the deadliest injuries. One of the most common signs of internal bleeding is a bruise that will not heal.

Lacerations and Contusions

Lacerations and contusions come in all different degrees of severity, depending on the type of injury. Faulty equipment or falling on sharp objects can lead to deep cuts. These injuries will often require stitches.

Joint Dislocation

Dislocating a joint is common in contact sports. This painful injury requires immediate medical care to remove pain and re-locate the joint.

Sprains & Strains

Sprains and strains can occur on the playground as well and are one of the most common types of injuries in children. Sprains and strains often come from trips and falls, either when playing on the playground or in gym class.

Reach Out to a New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer Today

The majority of school and daycare injuries are preventable with the proper safety protocols in place. When a school fails to provide children with a safe environment, they may be found negligent. Your child doesn’t deserve to suffer an accident due to someone’s negligence. If your child recently experienced an injury at school, one of our New Jersey personal injury lawyers will help you get justice.

Contact a Hudson County Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your School or Daycare Accident Case in New Jersey

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a school accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Birkhold & Maider LLC represent clients injured because of a school-related accident in Essex County, Hudson County, Mercer County, Union County, and throughout New Jersey. Call 973-784-8583 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 189 Franklin Avenue, Suite 1, Nutley, NJ 07110, as well as an office in Hamilton, NJ.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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