There are more than 200,000 playground injuries each year requiring emergency room visits. While playground accidents are relatively common, they involve an array of legal issues that prove confusing to parents of injured children.
To help you out, we have listed five key questions you should strive to answer soon after a serious playground accident:
- Was the accident on a private or public playground?
- Was the accident caused by another person, defective equipment, or a flaw in the design?
- Was your child using the playground as intended (normal use)?
- Do you have the names and contact information for witnesses?
- Did your child receive medical treatment?
The answers to the aforementioned questions are key factors in whether you have a valid personal injury claim and how you must go about bringing it. For example, if the playground accident occurred on a public playground, you will need to file a notice of claim against the municipal government. If it was owned by a daycare or private school, the process will be different and a lawsuit can be filed immediately. For more information, visit our playground accidents page here.
A few important things to remember immediately after a playground or park accident:
- Get medical attention for any serious injuries or head injuries.
- Do not discuss settlements with an insurance company before speaking with an attorney.
- Anticipate that the property owner, or defendant, will blame you or your child for the injury. Do not admit any fault or wrongdoing.
Playground injury or park accident lawsuits are difficult to bring and have many pitfalls. Get a personal injury attorney involved as soon as possible to avoid making costly mistakes.