Connecticut Accident Attorneys
Minor playground accidents are just part of growing up, but when a child is seriously injured it can change the course of his life. Playground safety includes having the proper cushioning materials on the ground, well maintained equipment, and proper supervision of children at play. If your child was injured in a playground accident as a result of someone else’s negligence or a defective product, we can help you recover fair compensation so that your child’s needs are taken care of now and in the years to come. Please, do not hesitate to call the Stamford playground accident claims attorneys of Hastings, Cohan, and Walsh, LLP, to learn more about how we can help.
Common Playground Hazards
Examples of hazards which can cause playground accidents and injuries include:
- Inadequate cushioning material beneath playground equipment; appropriate materials include sand, mulch, rubber, pea gravel, and wood chips
- Equipment which is not anchored properly
- Worn, broken or damages equipment
- Protruding objects, such as S-hooks, screws, and bolts
- Sharp points and edges
- Missing guards
- Wood that has become splintered, jagged, or weak
- Cracked or brittle swing set seats
- Damaged or worn swing chains
- Loose screws, bolts, nuts, and S-hooks
- Defective ladders, guardrails, or slides
- Openings in equipment which are the wrong size allowing for a child’s head to get stuck; openings should be narrower than 3.5inches or wider than 9inches
- Ice, standing water, and other slipping hazards
- Filthy ball pits
- Hazards, such as broken glass, in cushioning material
- Weak or damaged webbing
Playground Accidents Happen on all Types of Playgrounds
Depending on the cause of your child’s playground accident, you may be able to recover compensation no matter where the accident occurred. If defective equipment was the cause, you may have a claim even if it happened at your own home. More often, playground accidents occur on someone else’s property including:
- Daycare centers
- Shopping malls
- Apartment complexes
- Private homes
- Public parks
- Party play centers
Serious playground accidents can occur on both outdoor and indoor playgrounds.
Playground Accident Responsibility
Responsibility can depend on several factors, including who was responsible for the equipment, who was responsible for supervising your child, and whether the equipment itself was defective.
- If the equipment was defective, the manufacturer or seller can be held responsible.
- If the equipment was improperly installed or poorly maintained, you claim may fall under premises liability with the property owner held responsible. This can include individuals, private businesses and organizations, and government entities such as those in charge of public parks.
- If your child was injured at school, daycare, or in another setting where another adult was caring for your child, you may have a negligent supervision claim.
To learn more about how we can help you and your child recover the compensation for serious injuries caused by playground accidents in Connecticut, please call the us at 1-855-850-1711 today.