Every year in the UK many children are admitted to accident and emergency with injuries sustained in playground accidents.
While a large number of these are attributable to factors such as poor parental supervision, misuse of equipment, inappropriate clothing or adverse weather conditions, others will be attributable to problems with the playgrounds themselves. In these latter cases parents may feel there are issues of negligence that give them grounds for legal action.
Strong grounds for a playground compensation claim may arise when there are issues surrounding the structural integrity of equipment, maintenance and inspection failings, or the suitability of particular play equipment for its target age group.
The majority of playground accidents can be placed in the falls category. The following is a statistical breakdown taken from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents detailing the types of playground equipment associated with fall injuries:
Planners attempt to minimise the risk of fall injuries by restricting the height at which playground equipment can be built to 2.5 metres. Also, where equipment is more than 0.6 metres in height, the ground surrounding it must be made from a substance that has the effect of softening impact in the event of a fall. Standards concerning the safety of surfacing must meet EN 1177, while standards concerning equipment must meet EN 1176.
The main acts of parliament concerning the safety of playgrounds are the Occupier's Liability Act (1957), the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999).
These rules and regulations are particularly pertinent to schools, where playground accidents account for more injuries than accidents of any other kind.
Here at YouClaim we are more than likely to secure you a successful outcome for a playground accident claim.
We offer a no win, no fee service, which means that making a claim with us is completely risk free as, in the event your claim is not successful, you will have no costs to pay. It means you really do have nothing to lose and everything to gain should you decide to make a personal injury claim with one of our talented team of panel solicitors.
If you wish to go with YouClaim and give your playground injury claim on behalf of your child the best chance of success, fill out an online claim form, have a chat with us online or call a legal advisor now on 0800 10 757 95.