We all know that children enjoy playgrounds, and when used safely, they can be a great place for kids to run, jump, climb, or swing. Unfortunately, when not well planned or maintained, playground can also be a very high risk place for kids to play. Playground injuries usually consist of minor scrapes or bruises, but there is always the potential for more serious injuries, such as broken bones, complex fractures, concussions, and lacerations, just to name a few. If your child is injured playing on a public or private playground, you may be able to recover damages for his or her injuries from the party responsible for the maintenance of the playground. The first step, after receiving adequate medical attention, is to contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney to determine whether you may have a claim. The attorneys of Shane Smith Law are available to help and will meet with you free of charge.
The good news is that playground injuries can be prevented. The Consumer Product Safety Commission provides the following guidance in ensuring that your child’s chosen play area is as safe as it possibly can be.
• Only allow your child to play in places away from roads, driveways, or other places vehicles may travel. In addition, make sure that you can always see your child when he or she is playing. Avoid playgrounds that are not on level surfaces or have nearby obstacles, such as trees, fences, poles, or sheds.
• Only use playgrounds that have are made from safe materials. This means wood that has been treated for outdoor use, checking play areas for exposed hardware such as nuts or bolts, and making sure that the playground does not use lead-based paint.
• Make sure that the playground’s equipment was properly manufactured and assembled. Avoid any playgrounds where the equipment seems loose or rickety, and check to ensure that all equipment is firmly anchored in the ground.
• Check to make sure that any playground your child uses has protective surfacing on the ground. This could mean wood mulch or chips, rubber mulch, sand, or pea gravel. Do not let your child play on playgrounds that have exposed asphalt or concrete on the ground.
Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you or your child has been injured while using a playground, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Playground injuries can result in medical expenses, loss of wages, disfigurement, or may even be fatal. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. These types of claims are subject to a strict statute of limitations, meaning that you have a limited amount of time in which you may bring a claim. To schedule a free consultation with a Fayette County personal injury attorney, contact Shane Smith Law at (770) 487-8999.