As summer is edging closer, more and more families will take trips to the park. Unfortunately, the rising number of park visitors also means there will be more injuries at parks. Here are some of the most common injuries park visitors sustain.
Most common injuries at parks
By far the most common injuries at parks are those caused by slips, trips and falls. Often caused by potholes, broken branches or wet leaves on the ground, slip, trip and fall injuries may consist of anything from minor cuts and bruises to sprained ankles or wrists and even broken limbs.
Another common cause of injuries at parks is playground equipment. Frequently the result of children acting inappropriately, but also occasionally the result of poorly-maintained equipment, playground accidents can cause injuries similar to those caused by slipping or tripping.
Other park users
Sometimes, injuries at the park are caused by collisions with other park users. This is especially a risk if paths are shared between people walking, cyclists and/or people on skateboards, roller skates or blades. Here, too, injuries can vary in type and severity.
Preventing accidents at the park
Park accidents can often be prevented by:
Looking out for and immediately reporting potential trip or slip hazards or defective equipment to responsible authorities
Showing other park users some consideration (this especially applies to cyclists, skateboarders and people on roller skates/blades)
Sometimes accidental injuries cannot be prevented. A water-filled pothole covered in leaves could, for example, easily trip up a jogger or cause a cyclist to be injured by falling off the bike. Similarly, a poorly-maintained park bench may look solid but collapse under the weight of one or more individuals trying to have a rest.
Injured at the park
If you were injured at a park through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. We, Accident Advice Helpline, have more than 15 years’ experience in handling public liability claims. Boasting an impressive success record, our in-house solicitors can help you get the compensation due to you, too.
To establish whether you are indeed eligible to claim and enlist our legal team’s no-win, no-fee help, call our no-obligation freephone helpline. Phone 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a UK landline or your mobile phone respectively now. Lines are open 24/7 and all calls are treated with strict confidentiality.