Every day thousands of children up and down the country head out into their school playgrounds to enjoy using up some energy in between lessons. There could be games to play outside, along with play equipment to use throughout the break time. The vast majority of children will enjoy the experience and will return to classes feeling a lot better for the exercise afterwards.
It is actually pretty rare that a break will see children injured in the school playground. The area should be – and normally is – very safe to use. Kids do trip and fall of course, and in the majority of cases these are simple accidents. However in some instances negligence could be discovered to be the root cause of what occurred.
How might negligence play a part in an accident?
Imagine a playground that has some items of play equipment the kids can play with. If the equipment is not properly anchored into the ground, or it is not attached to a soft surface to help break any falls, this could constitute negligence. In another case if children go outside on a cold day, the playground surface should be treated to ensure it is not icy and may cause an accident.
Many children injured in the school playground will incur nothing more than bumps and bruises and no one else may be responsible for their injuries. Accidents do happen, after all. Yet in other cases negligence is discovered to have been the cause and a compensation claim could be lodged as a result.
Making a playground a safe place to be
Risk assessments should be conducted to ensure playgrounds are safe and good for all kids to use. The risk assessment will highlight any potential hazards and outline the steps that should be taken to ensure no dangers are present when the children use the playground. As such there should be no reason why anything untoward could potentially happen.
Accident Advice Helpline is here for those times when things do go wrong. Call us on 0800 689 0500 if your child has been hurt in an accident like this and you suspect there is evidence that negligence was involved. By calling us as soon as possible you can find out soon whether you have a good case to make to get compensation on behalf of your child in court.
Date Published: May 30, 2015
Author: Rob Steen