When you send your child to school, you expect them to be safe. You don’t expect them to be injured in an accident in the playground. But accidents can and do happen – here are just a few of the dangers of playgrounds which could lead to your child being injured in an accident at school or nursery.
Faulty equipment and poor supervision
- Faulty playground equipment. Schools and nurseries have a responsibility to ensure that playground equipment such as climbing frames and swings are safe to use. If they have failed to carry out regular checks on equipment, and your child is injured, you could claim personal injury compensation on their behalf.
- Poor supervision. Staff failing to supervise children correctly when they are playing could lead to accidents occurring. Children could collide with one another or be injured by playground equipment.
- Slips and trips. Damaged tarmac or surfaces in the playground could lead to your child being injured in a slip or trip, which could cause injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises to the more serious, like broken bones.
- Falls from height. Children can easily fall from a climbing frame or other piece of playground equipment if they’re left unsupervised. This could be caused by faulty equipment, poor supervision or even another child. Injuries sustained in a fall could include broken bones and head injuries.
- Injured by other children. Another of the dangers of playgrounds. Accidents can occur when children are playing roughly or if they collide when running in the playground. Whilst most injuries caused in these types of accidents are usually minor, your child could suffer bumps and bruises that may mean taking a few days off school – or even broken bones.
Claiming compensation after your child is injured
When your child has been injured, it’s a stressful time. But you could find you’re eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation, if their accident was somebody else’s fault. You can call Accident Advice Helpline’s freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you could make a 100% no win, no fee claim. We’ve been endorsed by our patron, TV personality and UK consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen, so you know you can trust us with your personal injury claim.
You could be compensated for your child’s pain and suffering as well as any loss of earnings you have suffered if you’ve taken time off work to care for them. Our helpline is open 24/7 and you can get confidential, no-obligation advice from our expert team, however your child has been injured.
Date Published: April 19, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton