Every year thousands of children in the United States are treated in emergency rooms for playground injuries.
Playground injuries occur in public playgrounds, schools and daycare centers. Injuries sustained in the playground can range from severe bone fractures, concussions, internal injuries, amputation, or dislocation to a simple bruise or scratch. Falls account for many accidents while some deaths are caused by strangulation.
When playground injuries happen, a number of potential parties may be at fault for the injury, including:
- The playground owner
- The playground equipment manufacturer
- The playground operator or supervisor
When an injury occurs as a result of a maintenance problem, such as failure to properly maintain the equipment and ensure it is safe, or failure to keep the grounds in good condition, the playground owner or operator may be held responsible. The injured victim will need to show that the playground owner was negligent and the negligence led to harm.
A premises liability lawsuit can be filed against private playground owners and government entities; however limited governmental immunities and protections from lawsuits can create additional complications when an injury occurs at a public park or playground.
If a playground injury happens because of faulty equipment, then the playground manufacturer may also be held liable under a product liability lawsuit. Because strict liability rules apply, it is necessary to prove that the playground equipment was being used as intended and injury occurred as a result.
If your child has been injured while playing in a playground, a San Bernardino personal injury lawyer can help you to determine when you have a premises liability suit against the entity or person who owns the playground, and when a product liability lawsuit may be the right course of action.
Because there are so many different possible defendants, playground injury cases can be legally complex. To learn more about how a personal injury attorney can help you, contact the personal injury law offices of Welebir Tierney & Weck. Our team can help you gather the evidence you need to bring a strong case and recover the compensation you deserve.