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What is a children’s playground accident?
A playground accident is any type of injury that happens to your child, 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 children can hurt themselves in playgrounds and parks owned by our local councils, schools and local authorities.
In order to make a claim for your child injury claim in a playground accident, you must meet the following criteria:
The playground accident and injury has happened because of someone else’s negligence or mistake. This would normally be the person or authority who owns the playground.
The accident happened in the last three years. (exceptions apply for minors, contact our team for more information).
The injured child must have sought medical care for their injuries, and seen a medical professional.
Child injury claims for any other accidents:
While this page is dedicated to playground accident child injury claims, our specialist solicitors work on child injury claims for a huge number of different accidents.
If you are looking to make a child injury claim for an accident of any kind, whether it is a road traffic accident, an accident at school, or a medical negligence claim for your injured child, then MG Legal’s specialist injury solicitors are here to help, on a no win no fee basis.
Can you sue for a playground accident?
The short answer to this question is yes. If your child has been in injured in a playground accident, then you could be able to sue the council or those responsible for maintaining the playground, and claim financial compensation with our playground accidents solicitors.
Many people think that playground accidents are just part of being a child, and while this is often the case, if your child has been injured because of the negligence of somebody else, then they deserve financial compensation.
To speak to our specialist child injury solicitors about making playground accident claims, simply contact us online here and hear back from a solicitor within one working hour.
What type of accidents can cause personal injury to children 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. To avoid the risk of children being injured on parks, these outdoor play areas must be kept safe for use, at all times.
MG Legal’s personal injury experts deal with child injury claims for children injured on playground equipment or defective surfacing in playground accidents, including school playgrounds, and public parks, on a daily basis. Some 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 leading to playground accidents;
Poorly constructed playground equipment, with missing screws or bolts;
Exposed nails and fastenings leading to playground accidents and injury to children;
Broken swing seats leading to playground accidents;
Broken swing chains leading to playground accidents;
Vandalised playground equipment in need of repair;
Broken or unsteady climbing frames leading to playground accidents;
Unsafe flooring such as concrete or tarmac when wood chipping or rubber matting should be used;
Discarded glass that the council have a duty to clear up leading to playground accidents;
Unsafe equipment with exposed, hard edges, rather than soft padding;
Loose or ill-fitting monkey bars leading to playground accidents
Broken and badly maintained slides, with sharp protruding metal leading to child injury.
If your children have been injured in a playground or park, contact MG Legal for a no-obligation discussion about making a claim for personal injury compensation. Our friendly, local, personal injury solicitors will be able to advise in an instant, if you have grounds to bring a claim for No Win No Fee Personal injury compensation.
Child injury claims for playground accidents- a case study:
Our personal injury solicitors recently settled a playground accident claim for a child who was injured on a local playground. MG Legal worked with the injured child’s father, who acted as his child’s litigation friend and pursued the child injury claim on his behalf.
Our client was injured whilst playing in a local children's park, when his shoe lace became hooked on a protruding bolt from the centre of a roundabout, or, as some people call it, a merry-go-round, or spinner, trapping our client's leg in the structure of the playground equipment. He suffered from a number of fractures within the leg, which required further surgery to correct.
After getting in contact with MG Legal’s personal injury solicitors, we accepted Mr W’s claim on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, and got to work on building his playground accident claim on behalf of his injured child.
As part of building the playground accident claim to be as strong and robust as possible, we attended the park, took video footage of the broken equipment, and returned to the ofifce to research who owned the children's play area, and who was responsible for keeping the area in a safe condition.
It didn't take long for our personal injury solicitors to find out who was responsible for the maintenance of the children's play area, and, knowing that our client had a strong case for personal injury compensation, we arranged for full medical reports to be completed on our client's injuries, from numerous medical specialists- in this case an orthopaedic surgeon, who was used to reporting on injuries to children, and a local psychologist, who we knew would be sympathetic, and caring when dealing with a young person. Here at MG Legal, we have close working relationships with a huge number of medical specialists in all areas of treatment. Because of this, we regularly arrange for specialist medical reports to be created on our clients’ injuries in order to further build the strength of their injury claims.
These medical reports were sent to our client, and his dad, for their approval, before being sent to the council's legal team; the council being the body that was responsible to maintaining the children's play area in question. At this point, the council were still disputing liability for the incident that caused our client to be injured whilst playing on the park.
Unperturbed, our personal injury solicitors met with our client, and his litigation friend, to disuss formulating a one time offer to settle our client's claim for personal injury compensation. We reviewed the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines, and, bearing in mind our client had sustained a fracture to the distal femur. a fracture to the proximal and distal tibia. a fracture to the lower fibula, and psychological reaction, our personal injury solicitors made an offer to settle our client's personal injury claim, in the sum of £40,000.
Our offer was ignored. So what do the best No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors do, when their client is being ignored? They send a wonderfully drafted letter, setting out our stance, explaining why our client deserves compensation for their injuries.
7 days later, the matter settled; for £40,000.
How much can I claim in a playground accident claim?
The injuries that your child has sustained in a playground accident, and the severity of those injuries, will determine how much their playground accident claim will be worth. Many of the damages involved cannot be estimated without knowing the exact injuries sustained, and how they affected your child. This is why we always obtain a medical report on your child's injuries, from one of the well respected medical experts our personal injury solicitors work with, on a regular basis.
As a broad approach to the question of, 'how much compensation can I claim' in terms of the injuries alone, and the associated pain and suffering, MG Legal's solicitors have put together the below table about how much your playground accident claim could be worth, if your child is injured in a public park.
Maximum compensation available
Severe shoulder injuries from a playground accident
Moderate shoulder injuries in a playground accident
Less severe leg injuries from a playground accident
Less severe arm injuries caused by a playground accident
What to do after a playground accident:
If you have been involved in a playground accident, and you or your child have been injured in any way, there are a number of steps that can be taken in order to ensure your safety, secure evidence for a playground accident claim, and obtain financial compensation. Below, our playground accident solicitors have run through some simple steps of what to do after playground accidents:
Report the playground accident to the playground owner or manager (which might be the local authority)- Ensure that you get a physical copy of this report
Seek medical attention for any injuries- if you or your child require medical attention after the playground accident, seek medical attention as soon as possible. This will ensure that you received the treatment you deserve, and the medical records can also be obtained and used in your future playground accident claim.
Take photographs of the incident location, what caused the playground accident, and the injuries that were suffered. Try to do this at the scene, or as soon as possible afterwards.
Request CCTV footage- CCTV footage of playgrounds and other public places can often be wiped and deleted regularly. Because of this, it is always best to try to obtain the CCTV footage of your playground accident as soon as possible. If you have not done so, your designated playground accident solicitor will be able to do this on your behalf if possible, and the footage has not been deleted.
Get in touch with a specialist playground accident solicitor- the most important step after any playground accident that you are hoping to make a playground accident claim for, is to reach out to a specialist playground accident solicitor, such as MG Legal, as soon as possible. When you contact MG Legal, you will speak to a specialist playground accident solicitor on a free, no-obligation basis about your potential playground accident claim, and how much your claim might be worth. If we accept your claim, we will do so on a no win no fee basis, allowing you to make the claim at no financial risk.
What injuries can be sustained on defective Park or Playground equipment in playground accidents?
The personal injuries sustained in playground accidents 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 after playground accidents:
Broken teeth, as a result of a trip on a defective playground surface;
Dislocated shoulders as a result of a child 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 arms and legs because of a playground accident.
Am I eligible to make a playground accident claim?
If your child has been injured in a playground accident, or an accident in a playground, then you are eligible to make a child injury claim for financial compensation on their behalf, as their parent or guardian through a playground accident claim.
Generally speaking, personal injury claims must be made within three years of the date at which the accident took place. However, these rules are slightly different in the case of making a claim on behalf of your child. If you do not make a personal injury claim straight after the playground accident, or only decide to do so at a later date, there is still the option for the child to pursue the personal injury claim on their own behalf. They will have up to three years from the date of their 18th birthday to do so.
For more information on your specific eligibility for playground accident claims, contact our specialist personal injury solicitors, here.
What is the law regarding child injury claims for playground accidents?
While you might not assume that playgrounds are closely governed places, there are actually a number of laws in place to keep you and your children safe and prevent playground accidents. Owners, managers, and caretakers of playgrounds and parks have a legal duty of care to those who visit the playground, including maintaining the park equipment, carrying out regular safety checks, and keeping the area safe and free of debris/risks.
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (1974), sections 3 and 4 of the Act ensure the health and safety of users, so far as is reasonably practicable. On top of this, Occupier’s Liability Act 1957, requires that members of the public, and users of the playground, can expect to be safe and protected from playground accidents when using the playground.
If hazards are noticed while safety checks are carried out, and a piece of equipment is deemed unsafe to be used by children, then it is a legal requirement for the playground to be closed, and access cut off, until any problems are fixed, and the playground is deemed to be safe again to be used by children and the public.
To learn more about playground safety, and how to make a playground accident claim when a playground owner or manager does not uphold this legal obligation to keeping people safe, contact our team of playground accident solicitors here, and speak to a solicitor within one working hour.
Can I make claim for child injured at an indoor play area?
The short answer to this question is yes. Whether your child was injured on an outdoor park, or an indoor play area or an indoor soft play area, you can make a playground accidents claim for any injuries suffered that were caused by negligence.
Many common playground accidents can also occur at indoor play areas, or as indoor playground accident, and you deserve financial compensation when this happens.
To make a playground accident claims for your injured child, simply contact MG Legal online here to speak to a solicitor on a free, no-obligation basis.
Can I make a playground accident claim for my child injury claims for playground accidents?
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 The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, (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)
Can I make a claim if my child was injured in the playground at school?
School playground accidents are one of the most common ways in which children are injured while in school. If your child has been injured in a school playground or play area, you may be wondering if you can make a claim for financial compensation through a playground accident claim in the same way as public playground accidents.
If the injury to your child was caused by the school failing to meet their duty of care in the proper maintenance of playground equipment, or failing to properly supervise the area, then you could make a claim for financial compensation with our specialist playground accidents personal injury solicitors.
Get in touch today, here, for a no-obligation chat with a specialist personal injury solicitor.
Slip, trip and fall playground accident claims:
If you or your child has been injured due to a slip, trip or fall on a playground or play area, you may be eligible to make a slip, trip and fall playground accident claim for financial compensation. This is only the case if the accident that led to the injury was caused by the negligence of somebody else, rather than your child simply forgetting to tie their laces properly.
For example, if you or your child have tripped over broken flooring on the playground or due to oil being spilled by maintenance workers, you could well be eligible to make a no win no fee playground accident claim for financial compensation. Simply contact us online here, for a free, no-obligation consultation about your potential claim, and learn how much your claim might be worth.
How to prevent playground accidents:
One of the main ways to prevent playground accidents that could be avoidable is to ensure that children are properly supervised at all times when on a playground. While there is a duty of care with the owners and managers of playgrounds to ensure the safety of children using the playground, mistakes can happen, and it is always best to supervise children at all times to prevent playground accidents. Aside from parental supervision, guardians should always carry out a brief inspection of the playground upon arrival to check for any hazards that could lead to playground accidents.
While these steps are important, the responsibility for the safety of the playground is not on you as a parent or guardian. If you or your child have been injured in any way because of a playground accident, you could make a playground accident claim with our no win no fee injury solicitors.
How long have I got to make a child injury claim?
Subject to the Limitation Act 1980, if you have been injured on a park or playground, you have three years to pursue a child injury 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…
Who is responsible for my child’s injury on a playground or park in a playground accident?
At times, negligence will be glaringly obvious- a nail sticking out of a see-saw is obviously dangerous, and if a child is injured in a playground accident, 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.
Defective equipment playground accident claims:
With playground equipment being used so regularly, and having to safely support the weight of the children using the playground, it is important that the equipment is regularly maintained and kept in good working condition. This includes regular safety checks of the equipment, and ensuring the proper maintenance and fixing of any defective equipment.
If it is not possible for the equipment to be fixed straight away, then the faulty equipment should be taped off, or cordoned off by fencing, and it should be made clear to children and parents that they cannot use the equipment.
If this does not happen, and you or your child have been injured due to faulty or defective equipment, then you could make a no win no fee playground accident claim with our solicitors.
What evidence do I need for a child injury claims for playground accidents?
As with all personal injury claims, any evidence that you can gather related to your injuries or accident can help to build your playground accident claim for financial compensation. Some key pieces of evidence that can help to build the strength of your playground accident claim, includes:
Photographs of your injuries
Photographs of the accident site, or what caused the accident
Any CCTV footage of the accident, if available
Medical report of your injuries and treatment, provided by your doctor (our personal injury solicitors can arrange this for you)
Contact details for any witnesses who saw the accident take place
These are just some of the pieces of evidence that can be useful in making playground accident claims. To learn more about what evidence we might ask for as part of your playground accident claim, contact our no win no fee solicitors online here for a free, no-obligation consultation within one working hour.
If you are unable to gather any of the evidence mentioned above then do not worry, you could still be eligible to make a strong playground accident claim with our specialist solicitors. Get in touch with us online here to learn more about how we can help with your playground accident claim today.
How can MG Legal help with my child injury claims for playground accidents?
MG Legal have over 30 years of experience in all aspects of personal injury claims including play ground or play area accidents. They accept all of their claims on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, meaning that if we do not win your claim, and win financial compensation on your behalf, then you owe us nothing, making the process financially risk-free. Our team are able to work in this way due to our unmatched success rate of over 99%.
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.
If you would like to speak to a specialist solicitor about your playground accident claim, you can do so on a no-obligation basis. Simply get in touch with us online, here, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org , and we will be back in touch within one working hour.
Alternatively, pop into one of our offices in Garstang, Longridge, or Lancaster to speak to a specialist accident claim solicitor.
Remember, we act for clients all over England and Wales, and can act for you, on a No Win No Fee basis, if you have been injured, and do not live near our offices. We act for those who are injured all over the country, on a daily basis, and have many thousands of very happy clients.