Those responsible for the upkeep of a public playground have a duty of care to prevent personal injuries. If your child was injured at a public playground, you may be entitled to claim compensation if it can be proven that the responsible authority was in breach of this duty.
Dangers at a public playground
This may, for instance, be the case if equipment or pathways have been allowed to fall into a dangerous state of disrepair, or if potentially dangerous litter, such as broken glass, needles, other sharps, and so on, have not been cleared up.
In order to claim for personal injury compensation, it is necessary to gather supporting evidence.
This may, for instance, include photographs of the piece of equipment that caused the injury, such as an injury by a sharp edge on a slide or swing, for example, or a pothole responsible for an injury by tripping and falling.
Witness statements will also be helpful. Naturally, you will need to seek medical assistance for your child.
Why seeking medical assistance is import
This is important for two reasons. First of all, you need to see a doctor or visit an emergency hospital to ensure your child’s accidental injury is tended to and is not worse than immediately apparent.
Secondly, your child’s medical records will document the extent of the injury and any medication or treatment your child needed to recover from it.
You should also keep any receipts for medical expenses, transport costs, or provision of care, if, for example, you have to work and have to employ someone to look after your child as a result of their playground injury.
When to claim
When adults are injured by slips, trips and falls on a public playground, claims must be made within no more than three years following their slip, trip or fall.
When a minor is injured in an accident on the playground, the claim must be initiated within three years of the child’s 18th birthday.
What to do next
Next, call us here at Accident Advice Helpline and discuss your child’s playground-related accident with an advisor, who will be able to advise you when and how to proceed from here.
Our freephone lines, 0800 689 0500 if you are calling from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, are obligation-free, open 24/7, and confidential.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice