Every day we are astonished by the types of accidents that could occur in the playground, and the diverse ways that children find to hurt themselves. Everyone’s done it – the grazed knees, and bumps to the forehead – and usually there’s absolutely nothing for you as a parent or carer to worry about.
However, if your child has suffered an accident in the playground that you believe was someone else’s fault, and you want to claim compensation for your child’s injuries, it is worth having a conversation with us here at Accident Advice Helpline. It might be that your child was injured whilst they were at school or their accident in the playground could have happened at nursery or playgroup – if you think somebody else is liable then you could make a claim for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
You’ve probably heard of us before now. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that was established in the year 2000, specifically to deal with personal injury claims. We practise no other form of law, so all of our expertise and specialism is in personal injury; that includes the injuries of children, and school accidents. We have dealt with thousands of claims for playground accidents and injuries, ranging from minor injuries right through to life-changing ones.
If you’re looking at how to make a claim for an accident in the playground for your child, we have the expertise you need, so call us today and let’s get started.
Your child’s accident in the playground
The best time to approach us to make a personal injury claim is once your child’s treatment for injuries sustained from an accident in the playground has been completed. You don’t have to wait that long, it’s just better if we understand what the long-term prognosis is for your child. How will they recover? How long will it take? Will the injuries affect them over the course of their life or are they a temporary inconvenience? For more information, don’t hesitate to ask when you call. Our expert advisors are on hand offering no-obligation advice, in confidence, so if you have any questions or need any further advice, you can ask us.
What injuries has your child suffered?
Playground accident injuries can range from minor injuries like bumps and bruises to serious head and spinal injuries that could affect the rest of your child’s life. It’s important for us to establish how serious your child’s injuries are, so we’ll obtain copies of their medical reports and liaise with medical professionals responsible for their treatment in order to do this. If your child has suffered a life-changing injury – for example, if they have suffered a head injury which has led to permanent disability – then this will be reflected in their personal injury settlement, which will include compensation for the impact their injuries will have on their quality of life in future.
Who is to blame for your child’s accident in the playground?
We’ll need to know who is liable for an accident in the playground. The accident must be the fault of somebody else. This can be another child, a parent or teacher, the school, or a manufacturer. When you call, we’ll discuss liability with you. For example, did your child fall from a faulty climbing frame? In cases like these, the manufacturer of the climbing frame could be held liable for your child’s injuries. But equally, if their fall was due to a lack of supervision by nursery or school staff, the school or nursery could be held liable for their accident. What if your child tripped on damaged flooring/ground in the playground? The school has a responsibility to ensure that their premises are safe for children of all ages, so they could be held responsible for your child’s accident and ordered to pay you compensation on their behalf.
Don’t worry about making a claim
Don’t worry, claiming on behalf of your child for an accident in the playground is a perfectly acceptable thing to do. The money you receive in compensation will be held for your child in a trust fund until they are grown up. If you choose not to make a claim now, your child will be able to claim in the future. They’ll have three years from their eighteenth birthday in which to claim the money. Nurseries and schools have liability insurance in place which is designed to pay out in the event of an accident, so if your claim is successful, the money won’t be coming out of the school or nursery’s own funds.
Will you have to go to court to claim compensation for a playground accident?
If your child has been injured in an accident in the playground, then you usually won’t need to go to court over this. Accident Advice Helpline can process most claims in full over the phone – giving you one less thing to worry about. If you do end up in court, we will be there to support you throughout the claims process.
We know how to claim compensation for an accident in the playground, so we can take all of the strain. Just one phone call and you’re on your way. What’s more, the cost of making a claim for an accident in the playground is less than you might think, as we offer a 100% no-win, no-fee service to all of our customers, and there’s no charge to get your claim started. This means that even if you are struggling financially after your child’s accident, you can afford to make a personal injury claim. Remember that you may also be able to claim compensation for your own loss of earnings, if you have taken time off work to care for your child after their accident, or to take them to medical appointments for treatment.
Want to claim or looking for more information? That’s fine. Call us on 0800 689 0500 (free from your landline) or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile (charges may apply).
Date Published: 29th July 2016
Author: Lynne Bell