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What are some dangers that exist at New Haven parks?

As the weather warms during the next few months in Connecticut, it's likely that more people will start heading out to parks to get fresh air and enjoy the sunshine. It's as the weather warms up and more families venture out to the parks that injuries tend to soar. Some are more common than others.

If you have kids, then you probably worry most about them getting injured on one of the pieces of playground equipment.

During the spring and summer, parks in New Haven have so many visitors that the monkey bars, slides, swings, see-saws and everything else on the premises get a lot of use. Without routine maintenance, screws are bound to come loose, and sharp surfaces are likely to become exposed. Anyone who uses the equipment there is vulnerable to getting seriously hurt.

Parks that have waterworks are also dangerous. Kids often track water into the bathrooms there. This makes them vulnerable to slipping and falling.

If the bathroom isn't kept locked or closely monitored by staff, then it's possible for someone to enter it and cause harm to individuals inside.

Many parks offer paved walkways to help visitors better navigate the rugged terrain. Even still, visitors are at risk of tripping, slipping or falling on uneven pavement. Paved surfaces have a way of breaking down with wear and tear and in extreme temperatures.

Individuals who play sports at area parks are also at risk of getting injured. They're most likely to get hurt if they get their foot stuck on the cracked pavement on a poorly maintained basketball court. Soccer or football players may also slip and fall on grass that's overly muddy, something that can be caused by the field having poor drainage.

Park and business owners have a responsibility to keep their premises safe for those who visit it. They must take reasonable precautions to reduce the chance of an adverse event occurring. Individuals who've been hurt while visiting a public place should consult with an attorney who has experience in representing injured people across Connecticut. They can let you know if you have a valid injury claim.

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