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Playground injury Claims | No Win No fee | Personal injury Claims in Scotland
Compensation for Public Playground Accidents
Playground injury Claims: Playground injuries mainly occur at schools, daycares, city parks, private homes, and any other place else with a playground or play area meant for children. Mainly these injuries are caused by careless behavior or unsafe equipment, and fortunately, most playground accidents don’t result in significant injuries.
Children are incredibly accident-prone, and as a parent, you will be used to the cuts and scratch your child comes home. However, while minor injuries are treated quickly with an average first aid kit, on the other hand, there are around 40,000 injuries to children each year that result in a trip to the hospital.
It will be evident to any parent. You should often remember that if your child has been involved in an accident in a public playground, their health and safety is much more vital than any potential compensation claim that you may have against the local council or public authority. If the child has been seriously injured, should call an ambulance immediately.
Playground injuries ( Playground injury Claims)
Children don’t always care about their health while playing, they are naturally accident-prone, and as a parent, you will be used to the cuts and scratches your child comes home with, so it’s no surprise that many children get injured in playgrounds. Usually, injuries are brutal playing with friends, clumsiness, and even regular child play.
Some of the most common playground accidents:
- Sharp objects on equipment or the ground
- barbed wire fencing
- Obstacles that cause a tripping hazard
- Poorly maintained or defective equipment, e.g. roundabouts, swings, and zip wires.
- Missing parts of equipment for children to climb up high
- Soft flooring that is defective or damaged
- Hard or uneven flooring near the equipment
- Play equipment that has been damaged and is exposing sharp edges
- Loose parts of equipment used for play
- Broken play equipment that should have fixed
As a result of these playground accidents, usual playground injuries occur like damage to the ankles, head, internal injuries, bones that are fractured or broken, dislocated bones, and severe bruises.
Councils' duty of care (playground injury claims)
As many children and other people are visiting the public playground, local authorities’ responsibilities are increasing. Council authorities have a legal liability to reduce the risks of injury related to the playground equipment, including fencing and surfaces and any other playground area. They have to save children and other public playground users from injuries.
Law Regarding Public Playground Accidents
According to UK law, playground owners and managers have a legal responsibility to provide a risk-free environment for all users. They have to take the appropriate steps and conduct regular maintenance checks to ensure that everyone who uses the playground can do so safely, without any risk of injury. If they fail to keep up with their responsibility, they will be held liable to compensate for the resultant injuries.
Legal demands on local authorities
As per Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, your local authority has a legal responsibility to ensure playgrounds are safe. The local authority should also ensure that there are the correct and suitable signs up in the playground area, along with contact details of the responsible authority for accidents under the Occupiers Liability Act.
For safety, the local authority must inspect the playground and reduce the risk involved from time to time. The local authority has to carry out the necessary repair work within a logical period if informed of a problem. The local authority will be legally responsible for compensation if the local authority doesn’t repair the fault after the complaint.
Claiming for playground injury claims
If your child has been involved in an accident during the time they spent in the playground and you wish to sue for negligence, you will usually need to provide some form of evidence. It is also necessary to report the incident to the local authority and owner of the playground. It will ensure an official record of the incident and prevent further accidents from occurring to other children.
After that, it is essential to gather evidence regarding the incident. Definitive evidence includes:
- Photographs of damaged or poorly installed equipment
- Photographs of any injuries sustained.
- Contact details of any witnesses
- Copies of medical reports
- Copies of any prescription or treatment needs.
If there is severe injury or if the playground defect could put others in immediate danger, report the problem to the local police, who can close the playground whilst investigations are on and until repairs are completed. It can help as an official record of the incident for your case and improve the safety of other children like yours.
If you are the guardian of the injured child, you should start a claim within three years of the accident on behalf of your child until his 18th birthday. However, you should start the claim quickly while the evidence is fresh.
If you want to make a claim, then speak to a personal injury solicitor about claiming compensation as early as possible. Most of our solicitors will work on a no-win-no-fee basis, which means you don’t have to worry about financial problems to start a claim.