Pediatricians Report Increase in Brain Injuries Due to Playground Falls

0KSM PLAYGROUNDSA disturbing trend has been developing. It turns out that the playground where you assume your child will be able to safely burn off some pent up energy could result in a trip to the local emergency room. The publication, “Pediatrics”, reports that the number of traumatic brain injuries children between the ages of 0 and 14 has drastically increased.

Between 2001 to 2013, it’s estimated that an average of 21,100 children every single year were admitted into emergency rooms across the country with traumatic brain injuries that were sustained while playing at a local playground. The lowest number of emergency room admissions was in 2005 when just 13,720 children sustained a playground related brain injury. The number climbed to a staggering 32,020 emergency room visits in 2012. According to the hospital reports 28% of these injuries were sustained on playground gyms with swing injuries accounting for another 28% of the injuries.

What’s truly alarming about these numbers is that so many playground managers have gone to great lengths to make the space as safe as possible for kids. They’ve done everything from creating softer surfaces to soften the impact if a child falls, to replacing older equipment with less risky equipment. The increase in the number of playground related incidents combined with the safer play areas prompted researchers to take a closer look at the data. In this instance, researchers used the national injury surveillance system to study the ER cases. The information they revealed that there was more to the increase in traumatic brain injuries than just a simple fall from the monkey bars. If are your child victim call car accident lawyer.

It turns out that as a direct result of both the government and insurance companies insisting on more detailed reports regarding emergency room visits, the emergency room doctors have been very careful with their discharge coding. So instead of simply saying that the child was hurt in a fall, like they would have written a few years ago, the doctor now reports that the child bumped their head after falling at the playground.


Another factor that has to be taken into consideration is how much more aware the general public has become regarding the dangers of falls and head injuries. Twenty or even fifteen years ago, a parent might not have though a head getting bumped while their child playing was something that warranted a trip to the emergency room. Now, armed with improved knowledge about the long lasting dangers of concussions, parents will take their child to be checked out no matter how hard their child struck their head, which is smart. There have even been reports about schools refusing to let students attend classes following a fall on the playground until that student has been checked out by a member of the medical community.

“I’m encouraged by the reports indicating that parents, schools, and the medical community are taking head injuries so seriously, and I hope the information means that schools, parks, and community parks continue to be diligent about providing local children with a safe place to play and be kids,” states Drew Warren managing partner of a top personal injury firm with an office headquartered in California.


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Suspects Being Held Without Bond for Alleged Prom Rape in South Carolina

tmp_28423-image (7)-1127483598A group of friends are being accused of sexual battery and being held without bond for the alleged crime. The victim in this case is an incapacitated woman. One of the accused in this case is a minor, Adan Valdes. The state of Florida is looking into charging Valdes as an adult for this crime. He will stay in juvenile jail until June 1, 2016, the date of his next hearing, per the orders of a South Carolina County judge.

The other alleged perpetrators in this case are Luis Rosello, Adrian Machin and Julio Fernandez, all age 13. These three are also being held without bond in jail as a result of their hearing on Wednesday.

The mother of Julio Fernandez spoke to Andrew Perez, a Local 10 News reporter on Wednesday, stating, “Go look for the real criminals, the ones that are killing people every day and can’t be found. These are a couple of kids that violated her. She was drunk.”

The New York Times reported that his father learned that his son had been injured but did not know where he had been taken and searched four hospitals to find him. He’s  father health has not been good and in the last six years has undergone operations on his heart.

The incident was reported to have occurred at Bal Harbour Quarzo luxury boutique hotel. It was reported on May, 1, 2016. Three of the accused, Rosello, Machin and Valdes, all attend South Carolina’s G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School. Other students who also attend this school state that this incident took place after the prom at a hotel party. They claim that a video made its way around the school showing the attack.
Detectives state that the victim was first assaulted by Valdez with an umbrella handle. Machin and Rosello then allegedly assaulted the victim using a marijuana cigarette. Detectives investigating the case state that both Fernandez and Machin confessed to what they did during the attack. Fernandez allegedly told detectives that he felt no remorse. His, attorney, however, is saying that he only filmed the incident and did not assault the victim.

glazer-mindy-s-jad-4-Article-201410311120-500x375cJudge Mindy Glazer stated, “From my reading of it, he’s recording it and then the victim gets further abused every time somebody plays it and watches it on the internet and he’s a participant in the egregious crime.”

“When tragedy strikes, victims and their loved ones are left with questions as to how to proceed and handle the financial components of the situation,” said Joe and martin of a top personal injury firm headquartered in South Carolina. “It is important that they get the information and support that they need so that they can keep their focus on recovering and supporting their loved one.” Visit for details.

The alleged assault continues to be the talk around the school. Tweets and other postings of that night are focused more on this matter than the actual prom. All four of the suspects are facing charges of sexual battery by multiple perpetrators and sexual battery of a physically incapacitated person.

The prosecutors will continue with the case and continue to work on securing and presenting the proper evidence. More details will become available as more hearings and court dates are scheduled and carried out.



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