Playground & Park Accidents
NY Lawyers With Answers After Serious Playground Injuries
Playgrounds and parks are supposed to be safe places for New York City children to play. Yet about 45 percent of playground accidents involve severe fractures, dislocations, concussions, internal injuries or amputations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
These park accidents often lead to expensive medical care and rehabilitation. Severe injuries may involve permanent disability, disfigurement or scarring. There may be other consequences, too, such as pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment.
The personal injury law firm of Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick can help you sort out the complicated matters involving your accident. Our New York premises accident attorneys offer FREE consultations and can quickly begin discussing your legal options. Call 866-502-9091 or contact us online.
Who Is Liable For Playground Accidents?
To determine liability for a playground accident, the first question is whether the injury occurred on public or private property.
According to the CDC, 75 percent of nonfatal playground equipment accidents occur on public property such as a school or park. In these situations, the accident involves municipal liability issues. To sue the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, New York City, or one of its governmental entities, the injured party must follow additional procedural rules. An injury attorney experienced in handling municipal liability lawsuits can adeptly guide you through this process.
If the playground injury occurred on private property such as a day care or parochial school, the property owner and other potentially liable parties are likely already working on ways to undermine your claim. If your child was injured, the defendant will likely blame the child for reckless behavior or doing something he or she wasn’t supposed to do – even after being warned by an adult.
Regardless of whether a playground accident occurred on public or private premises, the plaintiff needs to understand New York playground safety regulations. Further, a timely investigation is crucial to document the condition of the equipment before it is repaired, improved or removed.
The New York City playground injury attorneys at Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick are ready to act quickly and help preserve your legal rights to money damages/compensation. For a FREE consultation with one of our lawyers, call 866-502-9091.
Surprising And Troubling Facts About Playground Accidents
The CDC and Safe Kids Worldwide have gleaned the following facts from various studies and hospital reports:
- An NYC study revealed that playgrounds in poorer neighborhoods tend to have more hazards than those in higher-income areas.
- More than 200,000 U.S. children visit the emergency room for playground injuries each year.
- On average, nearly 15 children die each year in playground accidents and strangulation is the most common cause.
- The 5 to 9 age group is most at risk for a playground accident.
- Girls are seriously injured more often than boys, 55 percent to 45 percent.
- Most public playground injuries involve climbing equipment (53 percent).
- Most private playground injuries involve swings (67 percent).
Our New York Playground Injury Attorneys Can Help
If you or your child is suffering from a playground or park accident, contact us for a FREE consultation with a New York premises accident lawyer. Don’t delay; there are strict time limits for bringing playground injury lawsuits in New York City.