Playground Injury Liability
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UPDATED: Feb 7, 2020
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When a child is injured on a playground, liability may fall to either the manufacturer of the equipment, the owner of the equipment, or the individuals responsible for supervising the child during play. In some cases, you can pursue legal responsibility against all three. Playground injuries can become complex and involve a lot of different parties, so work with an experienced personal injury attorney for assistance.
- Manufacturer of the equipment: If the equipment on which your child suffered the injury was poorly made, improperly installed, or dangerous in its design then you may have a claim against the company or companies responsible for producing it. All playground equipment carries some risk, so you will need to prove that the risk was beyond what is expected by the type of equipment that caused injury. For example, if the finish on monkey bars is too slippery and your child falls off as a result, you may be able to sue the manufacturer.
- Owner of the property or equipment: When an owner of property that has playground equipment allows children to play on it, he can be held responsible if your child is hurt.
- Individual or company responsible for supervising your child: If your child was injured while under the care of an individual or private daycare organization, then you may have a claim for negligent supervision. If a person or a company commits to supervising your child, then they take on responsibility of injury in most cases.