When you were a child, some of your best memories came from hanging out at the playground with your friends. Whether it was playing tag or swinging from the monkey bars, that was all you really cared about. You didn’t really think about what the playground was made from.
A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency could suggest that old tires that are broken down to create popular synthetic surfaces in playgrounds can contain numerous toxic chemicals. These chemicals can lead to products liability claims from parents if their kids contract health problems.
Our products liability lawyers believe children should be as safe as possible when they want to be kids. As a parent, you should never have to worry about an injury to your child. Besides, children shouldn’t have to worry about what they can be breathing in because the materials making the playground are potentially toxic. Your child doesn’t want to be the coolest kid on the block because he’s wearing the nicest gas mask.
Companies who make products for children need to be extra careful with the products they manufacture. Children are more vulnerable to dangerous diseases and injuries because their bodies are smaller and not as developed.
Playgrounds made out of loose old tire crumbs to cushion falls can contain arsenic, chromium, mercury, benzene, latex, lead, manganese, cadmium and many other dangerous chemicals. Some of these chemicals can cause cancer which could eventually cause wrongful death, and others can cause brain malfunctions causing brain damage.
In April of last year, New Jersey health officials said high levels of dust were discovered in artificial grass on old fields in Newark and Hoboken. That caused some discussion as to whether or not the fields were safe for children. There are more than 5,000 turf fields installed according to the Synthetic Turf Council ranging in price from $500,000 to more than $1 million.
Our products liability lawyers believe that children should have a place to play, but those places should be safe from harm: harm from falling down as well as harm from potential chemicals that can come from what makes the playgrounds. If your child is injured, there are some things you can do to make sure you receive the medical treatment you need.
Hopefully, new information generated from the EPA will serve as a wake up call.
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