Parks are one of the most fun places to be when you are a child, as many of us remember spending our time hanging from the monkey bars or spinning our friends until they got dizzy on the roundabout. Although they are fun places to be, they can also be dangerous if not properly maintained. There is often the risk of falls and trips as children run around and play on playground equipment, however, this risk is increased if the equipment is too old, neglected or unstable.
Sometimes children injured in parks are just the victims of over exuberance youthful energy, but injuries are also sometimes caused by a failure to protect park users due to a lack of precautions. This is something we at Accident Advice Helpline are only too familiar with. Have a think about whether your child’s injury could have been avoided had the park been maintained better, perhaps it was not just an unlucky accident.
What can go wrong?
Whether it is the local council’s responsibility or a company contracted to look after the park, it will be somebody’s job to make sure all areas of the park are as safe as possible. This includes making sure any hazards are clearly marked; ensuring damaged trees are made safe by removing broken branches or cutting down the tree, or even just making sure there is no gardening equipment lying around. If the responsible party has failed to do this and someone has been injured, that may be considered as negligence and a claim for compensation could possibly be made.
Injuries sustained range from broken bones to head injuries and lacerations. There are often water features in parks and young children are particularly at risk of slipping or drowning.
If your child was involved in an accident that was not their fault, such as if they fell on broken paving, fell from playground equipment as it was damaged, or had a piece of playground equipment fall on them, there may be a valid claim for compensation to be made. Of course, it is usually down to the parents of children injured in parks to make the claim, and the best way to begin that process is by calling us now on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: October 24, 2015
Author: Rob Steen