Whenever I hear about parents suing the school district or the city because a child was injured while playing on school or other city property, I think back to my childhood. One day my best friend and I were playing on the monkey bars (smile if you know what monkey bars are) at school and he fell. Suffered a concussion and spent a couple of days in the hospital. No one sued anyone.
As health insurance costs continued to skyrocket annually for the past several decades, I suspect more and more families chose to do without such insurance. Thus, when an accident occurred, there were significant costs involved, and in the eyes of the family, “Someone has to pay!”
Unfortunately, tort reform was not part of the Affordable Care Act. Personally, I think tort reform would have solved 90% of the problems related to health insurance. That would have meant putting the tort industry under the microscope and possibly doing away with most of it.
School grounds here in San Diego don’t have monkey bars…. nor teeter totters…. nor merry-go-rounds…. nor jungle gyms…. However, there are some interesting playgrounds on city property, playgrounds which have to have some interesting liability associated with them. Such as this one at the beach:
The walkways all around that playground have trip hazards embedded in them:
The trip hazards are cute, but they still are trip hazards. I even tripped over one that I didn’t see, and when you’re busy looking at the beach and the ocean, it’s real easy to miss one of these little trip hazard shells.
In one of the sand boxes was this fish out of water:
That fish out of water is made out of bronze and is just the right size for a young child to go climb on it. Unfortunately, outdoor metal in San Diego often gets quite hot in our many days of sunshine. When I touched the fish, it was, indeed, quite hot. No signs warning parents or children that it could be hot, though.
Maybe the City has special liability coverage for beach playgrounds that is not available for school playgrounds.
Maybe with the Affordable Care Act helping so many millions of people, playground equipment will return to our schools….
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