When it comes to liability for injuries suffered, it’s not always black and white as to who’s at fault. Sports such as rollerblading, skateboarding and mountain biking carry a higher than usual risk of injury, and injuries such as fractures and sprains can be expected when taking part in these sports. What happens, though, if you or your child was not to blame for an injury at a public skate park?
Public skate park liability and responsibility
Managers of skate parks are responsible for ensuring that there are no hazards present on site, such as:
- Broken or damaged ramps and riding surfaces
- Obstacles which could pose a serious hazard
- Proper signage
- Surface water
Any of the above hazards could result in a serious slip, trip or fall, which in turn could cause you or your child to suffer serious injuries. In these instances, if the skate park was not properly maintained, then the management association is liable for any injuries that have been suffered. In the case of a public skate park, this would normally be the local authority with responsibility for recreational facilities.
What is the most common cause of accidents in public skate parks?
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has found that the most common cause of accidents in public skate parks where the rider was not to blame, was the improper maintenance of riding surfaces. Damage to the surface can cause a skater to suddenly lose their balance. Prevention is better than cure and it’s important to ensure you wear the correct safety equipment when skating, such as a helmet to protect from head injuries and kneepads to protect against scrapes and cuts on your knees. It is also important to ensure that you or your children wear practical footwear with adequate grip for skating. All of these items can be found at your local outdoor pursuits store.
Make a claim
If you’ve suffered injuries at any public recreational facilities and you weren’t to blame, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 and our friendly, competent advisors will guide you through the claim process without putting you under any pressure to proceed with any claims that may be discussed. Get in touch now on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown