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Is a School, Day Care Center, City, County, Community Association, and / or Manufacturer Liable for Injuries Sustained on a Playground?

By Steven Smith, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


Children are often times injured on playgrounds at schools, day care centers, community associations, counties, cities, and other locations. When a child suffers an injury at a playground, there may be a civil claim or case for the personal injuries suffered by the child. Some child personal injuries that take place on a playground center are actionable due to the negligence of the school, day care center, property owner, adult supervisors, and / or the manufacturer of the playground equipment. Of course, there are some risks with any playground center; however, if an injury resulted from a dangerous design or defect, improper maintenance, or improper supervision, then a civil action or claim may be warranted to pursue damages and compensation for the child’s injuries.

When a child is injured in a playground as a result of negligence, a parent will typically have many questions and concerns including but not limited to the availability of medical coverage, liability insurance, medical treatment, medical bills, valuation of the claim or case, providing statements and information to insurance companies, and other topics. Due to the complexity of these cases, it is important for a parent to consult with a Child Injury Attorney for advice and legal representation. These cases are handled on a contingency basis (No Recovery – No Attorney Fees). The initial consultation on playground child injury cases are free. The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Playground Injuries, School Injuries, Day Care Center Injuries, Medical Bills / Medical Treatment, Damages / Compensation, and other topics. Get his parent resource book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

When multiple injuries take place at a particular playground, further investigation and research is often completed to determine the cause and preventability of the injuries. In some instances, the owner of the property, day care center, or school will make modifications or changes to the playground in an attempt to make the playground safter for use and play by the children. In Inwood, New York, a slide was closed off and will be removed from the playground. There were reports of injuries involving this particular slide at other playgrounds. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission even issued a warning as to this slide. See New York Playground Slide Removed Due to Safety Concerns.

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