Playground accidents can occur in Florida and can lead to serious injuries. The situation can be especially tragic if a child’s injury could have been prevented through the park exercising proper care or supervision.
If your child has sustained injuries in a park playing on a playground, an experienced Florida personal injury attorney from Baker Legal Team can help determine if you may be entitled to receive damages for a variety of related losses. We can work with you toward recovering fair compensation to help with your child’s healing and meeting future needs.
Liability for Playground Accidents in a Florida Park
A common question parents ask often is who’s liable if their child gets injured at a park. The answer to this question will depend on your case’s unique circumstances. Essentially, any of the following parties may be held liable:
1. Product Liability
If a factor related to the design or manufacture of playground equipment causes an injury, it would fall under a product liability lawsuit. The manufacturer of the product could be held liable.
2. Premises Liability
This area of law governs injuries due to hazardous conditions on a property. For instance, it’s required that playgrounds have specific types of ground covering, such as:
- Pea gravel
- Engineered wood fibers
- Rubber mulch
- Wood chips
If a child falls off a playground and becomes injured, and the ground cover wasn’t “playground use” approved, the property owner could be held liable.
Playground equipment maintenance can also fall under premises liability. The property manager or owner is responsible for a public playground’s safe maintenance. This includes schools, parks, and other municipal grounds. If a child is playing on a playground and a piece of equipment breaks and causes an injury, the property owner could be held liable if it’s found to be the result of poor maintenance.
3. Negligent Supervision
Each parent will have their own way of deciding if their child is mature enough or old enough to play alone on a playground. They may take certain factors into consideration, such as the child’s physical capabilities for activities like climbing. However, a very young child should be under constant supervision at all times when using a playground by either an adult or an older, responsible child. If an unattended child is injured on a playground, it could be seen as negligent supervision.
Determining playground accident liability requires a comprehensive investigation into what caused your child’s injuries. An experienced Florida playground accident lawyer can conduct this investigation and determine who the at-fault party is.
What to Do If Your Child Is Injured at a Park
If your child sustains a serious injury, it’s vital to get them medical care first. Then, if possible, take photos of the scene where the injury took place. Check to see if the playground was under any camera surveillance. If there were any witnesses to the accident, collect their contact information. A reliable attorney can help obtain and preserve copies of any video footage that shows the accident on the playground that caused your child’s injuries.
Call the Experienced Florida Playground Injury Attorneys at Baker Legal Team Today
No parent wants to see their child get injured. If your child has recently sustained a playground injury, you may be feeling angry, scared, or confused. It’s only natural to want to hold negligent parties liable. The skilled personal injury lawyers here at the Baker Legal Team can help you seek compensation for medical expenses and other losses.
We’ll sit down with you and discuss the incident and let you know if you have a case. Call our board-certified team today at (561) 320-0000 or fill out our online form to schedule a free initial consultation and case review.