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Climbing Wall Lawsuit Sends Strong Message About Playground Dangers to Parents and Child Facilities

Attorney Spencer Aronfeld represents parents of toddler who was badly injured after fall, says accident could have been prevented.

2010-08-11
MIAMI, FL, August 11, 2010 (Press-News.org) Spencer Aronfeld of Aronfeld Trial Attorneys has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Ninoska Castellanos whose two-year-old daughter, Emma, was hurt after falling from an indoor rock climbing wall at Jumping Jelly Beans in Hallandale, Fla.

Emma's accident came as the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported more than 200,000 children nationwide are injured on unsafe playground equipment every year. Some 10 to 20 children die from their injuries.

"Falling off playground equipment is the number one cause of summertime mishaps," said Aronfeld. "The injuries may include cuts, burns, bruises, sprains, chipped teeth, broken bones, concussions, and even strangulation."

The incident occurred during a children's party at the indoor entertainment facility, which is owned by Sprout Entertainment. Castallanos said her daughter wanted to play with other children in the group. The mother claims she did not notice any warning signs around the equipment. Emma fell several feet to the floor and severely fractured her leg.

"The manufacturer of the wall claims it is designed for children five years of age and up, not two like Emma," said Aronfeld. "We also discovered that there was inadequate padding at the base of the climbing wall. This could have prevented the injury."

Aronfeld said this incident should serve as a lesson for manufacturers of playground equipment, businesses, schools, municipalities, and homeowners who provide playground areas.

"We want our kids to be active, but the facility owners must provide proper maintenance of their equipment and grounds, plus follow the suggested guidelines set by the National Playground Safety Institute," said Aronfeld. "There should be a 'no fall zone,' an unobstructed space located under and around playground equipment. Playground equipment must have at least six feet of unobstructed space on all sides to help protect children during a fall. Also, all playground equipment must be at least six feet apart, which covers the fall zone, but further apart is better.

Aronfeld added that children should climb, slide and cross play equipment one at a time to keep from pushing and hurting other children."

Aronfeld Trial Lawyers consists of nationally recognized legal advocates who represent individuals and families needing a strong legal ally and fair compensation for their injuries. Led by founder Spencer Aronfeld represents clients in a wide variety of areas including Medical and Dental Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Automobile Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Slip and Fall Incidents, Product Liability, Civil Rights Claims, Workplace Injuries, Maritime Law, and Sexual Assault. Every client receives the full benefit of the firm's experience, resources, and commitment. You can learn more about the firm by visiting www.aronfeld.com.


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[Press-News.org] Climbing Wall Lawsuit Sends Strong Message About Playground Dangers to Parents and Child Facilities
Attorney Spencer Aronfeld represents parents of toddler who was badly injured after fall, says accident could have been prevented.