A mother whose six-year-old daughter broke her leg whilst playing on a seesaw has requested play equipment be removed from a park. Ruby Taylor, a six-year-old from Yateley, was forced to return to school in a wheelchair after suffering the playground injury, which left her leg crushed. The accident took place at Yateley Green playground on Reading Road.
The seesaw was cordoned off after the incident but has since been reopened for other children to use. Ruby’s parents are furious that this has happened and her mum Samantha commented, “Ruby’s leg was facing the wrong way. It was literally snapped in two. It was horrific. People need to know how awful this seesaw is. It really upset me, seeing other children on it. I can see it injuring another child.”
Ruby suffered a compound fracture of her fibula and left tibia and had to undergo emergency surgery at Frimley Park Hospital. The accident happened after several parents had already expressed concerns that the seesaw was safe.
If your child has been injured in an accident at a council-owned play park, you may be able to claim compensation on their behalf. The council has a duty to protect children from playground injury by ensuring equipment is well-maintained and safe to use.
Playground injuries can happen to anyone
Even equipment which appears safe could cause injury, from swings and seesaws to roundabouts and climbing frames. If you have noticed equipment in your local playground is damaged, you should always report this to the council that’s responsible for the playground. It’s their responsibility to ensure that equipment is safe to use. If your child is injured, you may be able to claim compensation, and you should contact a personal injury lawyer within three years to enquire about claiming. If you don’t claim within three years, you may miss the boat.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you
If your child has been injured, it’s a stressful time. You may need to take time off work to be at the hospital with them, if they need treatment. You may also suffer loss of earnings – Accident Advice Helpline will take these factors into account when you make a claim for compensation. With 14 years’ experience in the personal injury industry, we don’t deal with any other area of the law, so you know we’re experts in our field. Take the 30-second test on our website now, to see how much you could claim, or just call our freephone helpline. We’re here 24/7 to offer confidential advice, and there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim. However your child has been injured, we’re here to make the compensation claims process less stressful.