MELVILLE, N.Y. – As colder temperatures moved across the state this week, it came with some snow. And whenever the snow falls, kids are ready to hop on their sleds and find the nearest slope to slide down but doctors and Long Island personal injury lawyers are urging parents – and property owners – to put safety first.
A new medical study by Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare found that almost a third of the children who were taken to the emergency room after a sledding accident suffered head injuries. In many cases, the injuries were very similar to those seen in skiing and snowboarding falls.
The results have doctors and researchers alerting parents to put helmets on their children when they’re heading out to enjoy the slopes, in any form.
Their rule of thumb is: if the sled, skis, or snowboard can go faster than you can run, wearing a helmet is a wise precaution. A Long Island personal injury lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says property owners should also take precautions to make sure an accident doesn’t happen under their watch.
“It’s now estimated that more than 20,000 kids are injured while sledding every year and over past few years, we’ve seen many serious accidents in Long Island,” personal injury attorney Ross Cellino said. “It’s important to make sure these sledding areas are safe for children and that they’re in prime condition for sledding.”
Long Island personal injury attorneys say many sledding injuries are related to the condition of the property where the accident occurred. Investigators often find dangerous hazards that sledders aren’t warned about before sliding down the hill.
In 2014, for example, a teen suffered severe injuries after hitting a chain-link fence while sledding at a Nebraska school. The school district settled the case out of court.
Whether a sledding injury occurs on public property, private property, with a helmet, or without a helmet, it is always wise to have a professional legal investigator take a look at the circumstances surrounding a sledding accident.
Cellino & Barnes has been trusted by New Yorkers for over 50 years, and with offices across the Empire State, our attorneys have experience handling many types of injuries related to winter-weather and winter sports. If you or your child has been injured while sledding, contact an experienced Long Island personal injury lawyer at Cellino & Barnes for a free case evaluation.
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