Kids love visiting the playground. Whether their favorite thing is to climb, slide, or get pushed on the swings, it is a great way to get them out, active, and social. However, if the playground’s equipment is not properly maintained and cared for, this fun little visit can result in some serious injuries. Who is held liable when your child is injured in a playground accident?
About Playground Accidents
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that emergency rooms throughout the country treat over 200,000 children under 14 years of age for playground injuries every year. Approximately 45% of these injuries are considered severe and include concussions, internal injuries, broken bones, and even amputation injuries.
Generally, on public playgrounds, the two most dangerous pieces of equipment are swings and climbers, which are responsible for the bulk of most injuries.
Determining Liability in a Playground Accident
In a playground accident, liability depends on a variety of factors, including how and where the accident took place. In most cases, one of the following can be held liable for the playground injuries a child sustains:
- The operator of the playground: Playground operators must ensure that their property is reasonably safe and does not pose a danger to children who visit the premises. If a screw was loose on a climbing wall, resulting in injuries to a child, the playground operator could be held liable for failing to take reasonable measures to ensure the property was adequately maintained and safe.
- The manufacturer of the playground equipment: In some cases, even playground equipment is properly maintained, it could still be defective or dangerous. In these situations, the manufacturer can be held liable for a child’s injuries. For example, if a ladder’s railings are not long enough to provide protection for a child climbing on it, the manufacturer might face a defective design lawsuit.
- The supervisors on the premises: In cases where a child sustains playground injuries while on school grounds during the school day due to inadequate supervision, the school might be held liable. For example, if the school allows children to go down the playground slide headfirst and a child is injured, the school can be held liable for allowing this sort of dangerous behavior on their premises.
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