Playground accident claims for personal injury.
If you, or your children have sustained an injury in a public place, including a playground or park, and it was due to someone else's negligence, you have a right to claim compensation for any personal injury you have sustained.
MG Legal’s leading personal injury experts are here to help you get the compensation you deserve, and all on a no win no fee basis.
What is a children’s playground accident?
A playground accident is any type of injury that happens on a public playground or park.
From bumps, bruises and cuts and grazes to legs and ankles, to more severe playground injuries requiring medical attention, such as broken bones, deep cuts, damage to the brain and internal organ injuries, dislocations and concussions, there are many ways we and our children can hurt themselves in playgrounds and parks owned by our local councils, schools and local authorities.
What type of things can cause a personal injury in playgrounds and parks?
As new housing developments appear throughout the UK, there are more and more parks and playgrounds being built, with equipment for children to play on. These outdoor play areas must be kept safe for use, at all times. While the local council, school, or park owner is not responsible for the supervision of children using the park, it is their responsibility to ensure equipment is of good quality and that appropriate surfaces are installed to ensure that injuries to ourselvs and our children are prevented.
MG Legal’s personal injury solicitors have won compensation for children injured on slides, climbing frames, see-saws and swings and roundabouts and monkey bars.
Despite having a duty to maintain parks and playgrounds, local council inspections often overlook glaring defects and hazards, leaving sharp edges, missing bolts and screws and leaving playground equipment loose, unstable, and often missing parts.
MG Legal’s personal injury experts deal with compensation claims for children injured on playground equipment or defective surfacing, including school playgrounds, and public parks, on a daily basis. Some examples of compensation claims our personal injury experts have won against councils and local authorities, have been because the playground or park equipment has been, by design, inherently dangerous. Other examples include:
Climbing frames and slides with sharp edges created by broken metal fastenings or broken wood or metal
Poorly designed equipment, with sharp, dangerous edges
Poorly constructed playground equipment, with missing screws or bolts
Exposed nails and fastenings
Broken swing seats
Broken swing chains
Vandalised playground equipment in need of repair
Broken or unsteady climbing frames
Unsafe flooring such as concrete or tarmac when wood chipping or rubber matting should be used
Tripping hazards from warn our flooring, and holes in the floor
Discarded glass that the council have a duty to clear up
Discarded bottles that have not been cleaned up
Unsafe equipment with hard edges rather than soft padding
Loose or ill-fitting monkey bars
Broken and badly maintained slides, with sharp protruding metal
Councils and local authorities have a duty to keep you and your family safe when using the equipment on a park, or playground be it a school playground or at the local park. Often councils and local authorities are guilty of lack of maintenance, incorrect installation, with nuts, bolts and screws missing from equipment, poor site inspection, leading to poor maintenance, or quite simply installing the wrong equipment for the intended age of those using the park or playground.
If you or your children have been injured as a result of any of the above defects, contact MG Legal for a free-of-charge discussion about your incident. Our friendly solicitors will be able to advise if you have grounds to bring a claim for No Win No Fee Personal injury. Our solicitors are highly experienced in handling injury claims on behalf of children and their families. Contact our personal injury experts and if you have a claim, we will explain, step by step how the process works, and can your personal injury claim started the same day on a no win no fee basis at no financial risk to you.
What injuries can be sustained on defective Park or Playground equipment?
The personal injuries sustained on playgrounds and parks are as varied as you can imagine. MG Legal’s personal injury solicitors have successfully won compensation for our clients as a result of the following injuries:
Broken teeth, as a result of a trip of a defective playground surface
Dislocated shoulders as a result of a client falling from a defective climbing frame
Broken bones in the leg, as a result of bolts being loose and our client’s shoelace becoming trapped
Strangulation as a result of falling from a poorly maintained swing, and becoming tangled in the chain
Cuts to the knees from the council failing to remove broken glass from the area
Cuts to a clients head, as a result of a fall on a concrete floor, that should have been replaced with wood chip or rubber coating
Broken ankles as a result of a fall from a loose monkey bar, onto concrete below
Cuts and abrasions to legs
Can I make a claim for my child being injured on a playground or park?
Research indicates that there are roughly 40,000 children injured on public parks and playground equipment each year. Although, we are pleased to say, it rarely happens, some incidents do result in death.
A recent survey by ROSPA found that the playground and public park equipment injuries sustained to children can be broken down into the following percentages:
Swings 40% (Falls from, being hit on the head and face by swings)
Climbers 23% (Falling from, legs caught in the climbing frame, and bumped heads)
Slides 21% ( Getting stuck on the slide, banging head on the slide, or cuts and burns)
Roundabouts 5% (Trapped, broken fingers, arms and legs)
See-Saws 4% (Broken ankles, legs, bumps, bangs and bruises to the head and face)
Fireman's Poles 1% (Burns to the hands, sprained and broken ankles)
Who will be responsible for my child’s injury on a playground or park?
At times, negligence will be glaringly obvious- a nail sticking out of a see-saw is obviously dangerous, and if a child is injured, than you have the right to claim for personal injury compensation. But who would be liable, and who would MG Legal’s personal injury specialists pursue on your behalf? If you or your children have been injured on a playground or park, then a claim for compensation would usually be brought against the local council, as they have a duty to erect, maintain, inspect and repair the parks and playgrounds within the area.
Sometimes our personal injury solicitors have found that it was the local village residents association who are responsible for neglecting to have parks and playground equipment maintained and repaired, and so our team have successfully pursued the local residents’ association instead. Councils and local authorities are duty bound to have a policy of public liability insurance in place, compensating those who have been injured on playgrounds and parks, as a result of the council’s or local authorities’ negligence.
What to do, if you are injured on a playground or park?
If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in such an incident, provided you are not seriously injured, it is important to take pictures of the defective, or poorly maintained playground equipment that has caused you, or your children to be injured. If you have suffered a trip or a fall, then take pictures of the defective floor, including any holes, debris or objects nearby. If there are witnesses to the incident we always recommend that you approach them and obtain names, contact telephone numbers, and Facebook or Whatsapp details so you can keep in touch, should you need their assistance to prove liability to the park owner, or local council. If a park warden is present, ensure that you complete a full accident report, and sign a report or accident book. If the accident happened on a school playground, then a teacher should always be informed, with first aid sought, and again, an accident report prepared with mum and dad being informed of the incident. Always check that the entry in the accident book is accurate as this is often used as evidence later in your claim. It is also worth asking if there is any CCTV of the incident that caused the personal injury. Always look after your health and if in doubt, contact your GP or attend the local Emergency Department for treatment. Your medical records can be obtained and provided to any medical expert later in your claim. Contact MG Legal’s Playground and Park personal injury compensation solicitors and we will get straight to work on your behalf.
How long have I got to make a claim?
Subject to the Limitation Act 1980, if you have been injured on a park or playground, you have three years to pursue a claim for personal injury. There are exceptions, for those under 18 years old at time of the injury, in that minors have three years from their 18th birthday within which to make a personal injury claim. Time limits may differ if you are acting on behalf of someone with limited mental capacity, if you are acting as guardian or subject a lasting power of attorney. If you have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to contact one of MG Legal’s personal injury experts, here…
Why choose MG Legal for my Playground and Park personal injury compensation claim?
MG Legal are a small, dedicated team of solicitors, with a department dealing specifically with public liability injuries, such as those occurring to children on playgrounds, parks and any other public place where children may play. Our experts are aware that all playground equipment must be installed and erected in accordance with the 7 EN1176 Standards set by the British Standard body for safety.
General safety requirements and test methods
Specific safety requirements and test methods for swings
Safety testing for slides
Safety tests for runways
Safety requirements and testing methods for carousels
Safety and testing requirements for rocking equipment
Guidance for installation, inspection, maintenance and operation
MG Legal’s personal injury experts have successfully won personal injury compensation for those injured on playgrounds and parks, be it from failing to maintain or repair a protective flooring, to defective equipment. MG Legal’s expert personal injury solicitors have successfully pursued claims for our clients, subject to breaches of the following statutory acts: Occupiers' Liability Act 1957, Occupiers' Liability Act 1984, Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
All personal injury claims we accept are subject to a no win no fee agreement, with no financial risk to our clients.