Playgrounds throughout the UK offer children an excellent way to enjoy outdoor space, entertainment and exploration activities. In order to maintain this enjoyability, it is important that your child is provided with a safe and reliable environment in which to play.
Owners of playgrounds are legally obliged to maintain the safety of equipment and the surrounding location, and if you or your child has been injured due to a playground accident, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
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The Law Regarding Public Playground Accidents
Owners and managers of public playgrounds in the UK have a duty of care to maintain the safety of equipment and provide a secure environment in which children can play. To maintain lawful management of the playground, owners must make regular maintenance checks and address any potential risks immediately. If the playground is deemed unsafe, the manager or owner is legally obliged to inhibit use until such problems are fixed and made safe for use.
If the public playground that you or your child was injured on is not observant of legal requirements, the owner is responsible for any injuries or losses to you. This means that you may be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation against them.
Am I Eligible to Make a Playground Accident Claim?
If you or your child is injured in a playground accident or on the land where a public playground is located, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation against the local council responsible. Some of the most common playground accident claims that we deal are based on the following situations:
- The playground does not meet the legal standards required for design or layout.
- The equipment in the playground is faulty or damaged
- The play equipment has not been installed correctly
- The equipment in the playground does not have the recommended precautionary measures.
- The grounds of the playground have not been regularly inspected for safety issues
- The equipment has aged or is poorly maintained which has made it unsafe.
- The equipment is not appropriate for the age group that the playground is intended for
- Safety signage is not adequately in place.
Injury solicitors are experienced in guiding clients like you through personal injury claims related to playground accidents of all types. They recognise how traumatic cases involving children are and can assure you that they will process your case with utmost empathy, professionalism and reliability at all times.
What You Should Do in the Event of a Public Playground Accident
If you or your child is injured when using a public playground, it is important to take some steps immediately to promote your wellbeing and secure maximum eligibility for making a claim. Initially, it is important to address any medical needs and receive treatment as quickly as possible.
It is also important to report the accident to the local authority and/or owner of the playground. This ensures that there is an official record of the incident and should also prevent further accidents from occurring to other children.
Thereafter, it is important to obtain evidence regarding the incident. Ideal evidence includes:
- Photographs of damaged or poorly installed equipment
- Photographs of any injuries sustained
- Contact details of any witnesses
- Reports from any public bodies or the owners of the playground
- Copies of medical reports
- Copies of any prescription or treatment needs.
If the injury is serious or if the playground defect could put others in immediate danger, report the incident to the local police who will be able to take quick measures to close the playground whilst investigations and repairs are completed. This offers a further official record of the incident for your case as well as improving the safety for other children like yours.
How Can a Solicitor Help You Make a Playground Accident Claim?
The talented and experienced personal injury solicitors that we work with will happily help you initiate and progress your playground injury claim. They offer all clients a free initial consultation which provides the perfect opportunity to understand your case and explain the benefits of their services. During this consultation, your legal adviser will also be able to offer a realistic outcome and give you an idea of how much compensation you could be entitled to, based on the information that you provide.
If you have a strong case, the solicitor will offer to take your case on a no win, no fee basis. This means that you can rest assured that your claim is being dealt with by dedicated and knowledgeable solicitors, without worrying about expensive legal fees. In the unlikely event that they are not successful in winning your case, you won’t pay your solicitor for the work they have done. The no win no fee service therefore removes the financial risk of making a compensation claim.
Your solicitor will assist you in gathering the necessary evidence and documentation in order to make a strong case and successful claim. They will work closely with you throughout your claim to ensure that your expectations are managed at all points and that you understand all processes involved. The solicitor makes it their job to remove the stress of claiming and obtain the maximum possible award on your behalf.
When Should I Make a Claim?
If your child has been injured in a playground accident, you may be unsure as to whether you can begin a compensation claim on their behalf. Parents are legally eligible to make injury claims on behalf of their children, so long as they are under the age of 18. If you make a claim on your child’s behalf, you will be referred to as their ‘litigation friend’.
Personal injury claims must have happened within the past three years in order to be eligible, and so it is important to initiate your claim as soon as possible. Acting swiftly also maximises the potential for gathering important evidence and maintaining witness contactability.
If you were injured as a child due to a playground accident, you are eligible to make a claim yourself once you reach the age of 18 years old. The three year time limit still applies, but this does not begin to countdown until your 18th birthday.