If you can think back to your youth you might remember playing on playground equipment that was set into concrete or tarmac. This is very different from the playgrounds kids play in today.
These usually have the play equipment set into a solid base that is covered by something that is much softer to fall on, such as bark or a spongy surface.
If this wasn’t the case at the playground your child was playing in when they had an accident, they might be entitled to compensation as a result. An accident in a playground can be frightening and upsetting for a young child, and there is the potential for injuries to be quite serious at times as well. Some children have suffered head injuries and broken bones, although thankfully such things are quite rare.
How else might an accident in a playground happen?
Often an accident will occur because the play equipment itself was either not fit for purpose or not constructed or installed in the proper manner. The child will then go to use it and be injured as a result. This is uncommon but even one accident could result in one or more children being hurt.
There have been incidents where children have been hurt while using swings, slides, monkey bars and climbing frames among other items of equipment. Of course we should make it clear that most children will be perfectly safe while using such equipment – it’s rare that it won’t be maintained properly or put together in the right way and installed by an expert.
However every council, school and owner of such equipment has a duty of care towards the children who use it, and to their parents.
Living up to that duty of care
The best way to ensure the number of children injured while playing is kept to a minimum is for those responsible for such equipment to regularly check and maintain it.
Professionals should do this to ensure they are able to spot whatever might be wrong with the equipment.
However if your child has already been hurt you should call us here at Accident Advice Helpline as soon as you can.
You may be able to represent them in a compensation claim. Phone us on 0800 689 0500 now to find out whether you can do this and whether you have evidence of negligence as well.
Date Published: August 9, 2015
Author: Rob Steen