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Can I Sue if my Child is Severely Burned in a Playground Accident?

Playgrounds have been a beloved pastime for millions of kids over the years, and at no time of the year is their popularity more apparent than during the spring and summer. Though a playground is generally a safe place for your children to play, there are dangers associated with equipment that has been poorly designed or installed. One danger that is especially harmful during the spring and summer months when warm days begin to take over is the risk of your child suffering a serious thermal burn. Negligently designed or installed equipment that is exposed to the sun for long periods of time can get dangerously hot and cause playground injuries that require prompt medical attention. When a thermal burn occurs because of faulty design or installation of playground equipment, you or your loved one may be able to recover for their medical bills by bringing a Georgia personal injury claim. If you or a family member has suffered a serious thermal burn on a playground, it is important to schedule a consultation with an experienced Coweta County personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible to get the compensation you deserve.

How can my Child Receive a Thermal Burn on the Playground?

Since most playgrounds are outdoors or exposed to the sun, any surfaces on playground equipment that conduct heat and are not adequately protected can become hot enough to cause serious thermal burns. This is usually caused by negligently designed or installed equipment that either does not have the proper safeguards in place or was not installed correctly to prevent this buildup of heat. Common surfaces that can cause thermal burns on the playground are:

  • Exposed metal on slides
  • Exposed metal on railings or other areas children touch
  • Black rubber on flooring
  • Exposed metal on swings
  • Black rubber used on equipment
  • Other inadequately protected black surfaces

 

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, almost half of investigated thermal burns on playground equipment were from playground surfacing materials. These are not the only ways these burns can occur, however, and an experienced personal injury attorney from the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you determine if you are entitled to compensation due to a burn suffered on a playground.

Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

If you or a loved one sustained a severe burn on a playground, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our wrongful death attorneys, please call our office today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia