Playgrounds are great places for children to explore and burn off a little extra energy, but they also send tens of thousands of kids to the hospital every year. Many parks and playgrounds have warnings that state that children are free to play at their own risk, but this doesn’t absolve the park from all liability. Below, we take a closer look at how you can pursue an injury claim if your child suffers significant injuries on playground equipment.
Playground Injury Compensation
Playground injuries often involve a dispute of the facts or some uncertainty, so it’s always best to proceed with a lawyer by your side. There probably isn’t video of the incident to backup your claim, and the city’s insurance company will argue that you waived your right to sue when you agreed to play on the playground. However, even if there are clearly posted warnings and liability signage, the owner of the playground has a duty to ensure the safety of those who use it.
Now, if your child misses a step and busts open their lip on the stairs, you may not be eligible for compensation. With that said, if you can prove that certain safety issues existed, you may have the right to compensation. We’ll explain more with some examples.
- Playground equipment needs to pass regular safety checks and be maintained so that is it not presenting danger to the public. If you can prove that regular safety audits were not performed, you may be able to file a claim if an unresolved issue led to an injury.
- If faulty equipment led to your child’s injury, you may be able to pursue compensation from the equipment owner or the equipment manufacturer.
- Even if an equipment malfunction was not present, if you can prove that a design flaw contributed to your injuries, you could be eligible for compensation.
- If your child was directly injured by another party, you may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
There are a number of other factors at play that could influence your child’s injury claim. Were there tripping hazards throughout the playground? Was the equipment improperly spaced from one another? Did guardrails fail? There are often so many more factors that go into your playground personal injury suit than you may realize, so don’t try to argue the case on your own. The city or property owner will certainly have lawyers on their side, and with posted waiver liabilities working against your claim, you need to have an airtight case. Let us build that for you.
Children shouldn’t be exposed to danger due to property owner negligence or structural issues with the playground when all they are trying to do is have a good time. If your child was injured and required medical care, you have nothing to lose by setting up a free consultation with our firm and talking about your legal options. Maybe you don’t have a case, but odds are you have more options than you realize. Let us work with you to get you the compensation you deserve after a playground accident.