Multiple Wyandanch School District Children Injured In Long Island Accident Involving An Inflatable Slide
LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK (June 16, 2022) – Multiple children from the Wyandanch school district were injured in Long Island inflatable slide accident.
Suffolk County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday. Multiple children were playing on a blow up slide when it buckled and flipped over.
Several children were tossed off of the slide and landed onto the tennis court. There were a total of 14 kids on the slide when the accident happened.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help all of the victims. Several children were injured including one child who sustained a broken leg.
A full investigation into the Wyandanch school district accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Long Island Playground Accidents
Playgrounds are supposed to be places of socialization and fun for children. But far too often, children sustain serious injuries on playgrounds. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “About 45% of playground-related injuries are severe–fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations, and amputations (Tinsworth 2001). Between 1990 and 2000, 147 children ages 14 and younger died from playground-related injuries. Of them, 82 (56%) died from strangulation and 31 (20%) died from falls to the playground surface.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to accidents at school playgrounds.
- Inadequate supervision by school officials
- Faulty or inadequate playground equipment
- Wet or uneven surfaces
All schools have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. This includes the maintenance of the school equipment that children play on. A school could very well be liable for children who are injured due to a dangerous condition on their property. When a school has actual or constructive notice of a dangerous condition on their property, they must take action to correct that dangerous condition.
Moreover, school officials must adequately supervise children to protect them from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. As explained in Mirand v City of New York, “Schools are under a duty to adequately supervise the students in their charge and they will be held liable for foreseeable injuries proximately related to the absence of adequate supervision.” If children are engaging in dangerous activities, school officials should intervene. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any school playground accident.
- Surveillance footage of the accident site should be taken.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Maintenance records should be sought.
If a child is injured in a playground accident, their family can seek some measure of justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the expenses that can come with a serious injury. Many victims may not realize the full extent of their injuries for several weeks or months after any accident. A personal injury attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Long Island Playground Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the family of the Wyandanch school district children injured in this accident. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent similar accidents.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a playground accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.