Long-term Effects of Playground Injuries

A child being injured on a playground is a nightmare moment for any parent.  A child who at one moment was perfectly content, even joyously at play, is suddenly in pain and screaming for help or – even worse – unconscious.  A lot is made of the capability of children to bounce back from harm and to be able to heal quickly.  The truth, according to recent studies, is that some injuries can lead to long-term effects on a child’s health.

Physical injuries like bone breaks or neck injuries can have complications that might lower mobility or otherwise hinder healthy growth and may require additional medical treatment and surgery.  This can be costly and painful for the child.  Brain injuries, however, remain the likely culprit for long-term negative effects.

Two Australian studies looked at children as young as two years who had suffered traumatic brain injuries and found that recovery can take years to happen.  The time between injury and recovery is punctuated by slower learning and difficulty picking up new skills.  Developmental gains are slowed considerably, though between three and ten years later (the studies did not follow the children into adolescence) the children began making gains appropriate to their age levels.

What that means is that therapy and additional remedies may be effective even years after a significant head trauma which makes it important not to close the door on treatment too early.  Such treatments and therapies can be expensive, and if your child was injured on a playground it may be best to seek compensation in order to be able to facilitate the treatment your child deserves – even over the long term.

It’s crucial to remember that the statute of limitations on seeking restitution in personal injury is two years, though it is often beneficial to begin the process within three months of the injury.   If you believe it’s time to take action and seek the compensation your child may need for a playground injury contact Conte Associates at 1-877-614-0008. Based in Vaughan, Conte & Associates works with clients in Vaughan and in the surrounding cities of: Thornhill, Woodbridge, Concord, Kleinberg, Maple and Richmond Hill.

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