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Can I File a Lawsuit if My Child Was Injured on a Playground?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 31-May-2017

Cuts, scrapes and bruises are common injuries caused by playground accidents. However, some children may suffer more serious injuries. Statistics collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show 200,000 children are treated in emergency rooms each year after being injured on a playground. More than 21,000 of these cases involve traumatic brain injuries, such as a concussion. An estimated 15 children die from playground-related injuries each year.

Some of these cases may be caused by negligence. Depending on the circumstances, parents may be able to file lawsuits in cases that include:

  • Inadequate supervision: Many playground accidents are caused by a lack of supervision. Schools, daycares, summer camps and other recreational centers have a duty to supervise children who are using their playground equipment.
  • Defective equipment: Playground equipment may contain manufacturing or design defects. For example, equipment may contain unsafe levels of lead. In other cases, design defects can put children at risk of falling.
  • Poor maintenance practices: Playground equipment should be inspected and properly maintained. For outdoor playgrounds, equipment is constantly exposed to the elements. Unsafe equipment that has deteriorated over time may cause children to suffer injuries.
  • Lack of warning signs: Playground equipment manufacturers should clearly state the possible safety risks associated with using their products. For example, certain types of equipment may be unsafe for children of a specific age group.

It is also important to consider the location of where a playground injury occurred. Playgrounds are found within public schools, restaurants, private and public recreational centers, and many private businesses. The location may affect the outcome of a potential premises liability claim.

How Can a Personal Injury Lawsuit Help After a Playground Accident?

If your case involves injuries that resulted the disability or death of your child, it is crucial to discuss legal options with an attorney. Damages from a lawsuit could help you pay the cost of medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, and pain and suffering.

The Washington DC premises liability attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can help parents of injured children explore their legal options. In one case, our law firm recovered a $4.7 million settlement for a child who suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling from playground equipment.

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