With the kind of weather we’ve been having in Georgia lately, it’s no surprise that more kids than ever are out on the playground and playing at the park. But it’s important to remember that there is risk associated with play equipment, and one of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver is to keep an eye on your children when they are on the playground.
According to the Center for Disease Control, there are 200,000 accidental injuries every year sustained by children under the age of 14 on playground equipment. These injuries usually occur as the result of poor supervisio or because of faulty equipment. Play equipment at public parks must be inspected frequently and meet state and local guidelines for safety. It must not be in disrepair or have been constructed without following local safety codes, or the owner of the park may be liable.
It can be difficult to prove liability in a playground injury case. The first thing an attorney will do is find out who is responsible for upkeep of the park. Has a property management company been hired to keep the park safe and maintained? Is it the city? It can be difficult to determine who is truly responsible for injuries sustained at a playground.
If it is the city or municipality, you must then find out if it is excluded from liability. You do this by speaking with a personal injury attorney. Georgia law has protection in place for property provided to the public for recreational purposes.
Once the responsible party is identified, it is necessary to prove that the injury occurred as the result of negligence on the part of the owner or other responsible party. Was the injury the result of faulty equipment? Was it constructed improperly to begin with, or was it poorly maintained? Park owners have a responsibility to make sure play equipment is clean and in good working order unless they are exempted by Georgia law. Did the injury occur due to lack of proper padding beneath high structures like monkey bars or tall climbing structures? There are many different aspects that need to be investigated when dealing with a playground injury case.
Serious injuries can occur on playgrounds. Children face cuts and bruises and broken bones from equipment that is improperly maintained. A fall from a high structure can cause neck and back injuries, or serious head injuries like concussions or brain trauma. With serious injuries like these, medical bills can quickly accrue, putting a family under great financial stress.
If a child’s injury is the result of negligence on the part of the playground owner, the owner is liable for compensation for damages. This includes not only medical bills but also compensation for the pain and suffering sustained by the child.
Remember, not every injury sustained on a playground is the result of negligence. One of the most important things you can do to keep your kids safe is to make sure they are well supervised. But if your child is seriously injured on a playground and you think it is due to the failure of the playground owner to keep it safe, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer right away. These cases can be difficult to pursue, but you owe it to your child to make sure their rights are protected if they are hurt.