When your child is injured in an accident, it’s normal to feel angry and frustrated, wondering if you could have done anything to prevent their accident from happening. But often it’s not a case of what you could have done – it’s a case of what the playground owners could have done. If your child has been injured by faulty playground equipment, they might need to take time off school, affecting their development and their confidence, not to mention the pain of recovering from physical injury. If they are seriously injured, the rest of their life could be affected. But you could make a claim for personal injury compensation if your child has been hurt as a result of somebody else’s negligence.
Common playground injuries
Being injured by faulty playground equipment sadly isn’t unheard of, and it may be that your child has sustained some of the following injuries:
- Head injuries after a fall from height from a faulty climbing frame
- Crush injuries caused by being trapped under a faulty roundabout
- Lacerations from faulty seats on swings or sharp parts on slides
- Cuts and bruises or broken bones after tripping on faulty steps – for example steps up to a slide
- Back injuries, head injuries or broken bones after being flung from a faulty slide or bouncy ride
If your child has been injured and you’re wondering who is at fault, it could be whoever is responsible for maintaining the playground. In some cases, this will be your local council, and they could be held liable for your child’s injuries and ordered to pay you personal injury compensation.
Here’s why you should claim compensation
When your child is injured by faulty playground equipment, it’s not just about getting compensation for their pain and suffering. You might need to take time off work to care for them or take them to medical appointments. Not only does this cost money, it can also mean you’re missing out on work and being affected by loss of earnings. It can be a difficult time for your family emotionally and financially, which is why making a personal injury claim can really be helpful.
Accident Advice Helpline has over 15 years’ experience handling personal injury claims, so we understand the stressful time your family is going through. You can call us 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 to get confidential, no-obligation advice from our expert team of advisors, or take the 30-second test on our website right now, to see how much compensation you could claim.
Date Published: June 13, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton