Sadly, being injured at a public park is not uncommon; at Accident Advice Helpline we see many cases just like this. Though public parks are wonderful and fun places that bring people together, they can also be quite a dangerous places, especially if they are not well maintained.
Public park injuries are often considered the responsibility of the local council or whoever has the duty of making sure the park is looked after and safe for children and adults to play and undertake a variety of sports. Therefore if you have been involved in an accident within a local public park and have sustained injuries, you may be eligible to claim.
In order to claim compensation the accident in which you sustained your injuries must not have been your fault. Therefore sporting accidents, such as being tackled and injuring your ankle are not covered and you most likely will not be able to claim.
If, however, you sustained a trip or fall as a result of broken pavement or flooring; were to fall off playground equipment that was damaged, or were crushed by part of the park equipment, for example, you may be eligible to claim. If you’re not sure who is to blame, give us a call and we will try to find out.
Preventing public park injuries
These kinds of accidents are easily preventable by the party responsible for the upkeep of the park. In order to prevent public park injuries, all they need to do is:
- Ensure all equipment such as playgrounds are well-maintained, making repairs where necessary to ensure it is always entirely safe to use
- Maintaining all flooring to prevent broken pavements causing trips and falls
- Remove all obstructions and hazards from the fields and play areas
- Make sure all surrounding trees pose no threat such cutting down trees that have the potential to fall down.
If the council or contracted company were to ensure that the park is safe to use at all times, the amount of accidents that occur each and every year in public parks would start to decline. Although there would still be accidents sometimes, it would be much less likely that these would be caused by negligence.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to tell us what happened to you and we will be able to make an assessment of whether you have a strong case for compensation.
Date Published: October 24, 2015
Author: Rob Steen