If my child was hurt on a playground, can I get the owner to pay for his medical bills?

We represent clients whose playground injuries are directly due to the negligence of others. In general, negligence is a standard of care that governs how a reasonable person should act in in a specific situation. If your child has suffered a serious injury, we know you’ll need to recover sufficient damages to compensate your child for all pain and suffering, current and future medical treatment, and all other related expenses.                                                                                   

Our firm represents children who have suffered such playground injuries as:

  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Traumatic head or brain injuries
  • Serious cuts and bruises
  • Disfiguring injuries to all parts of the body, including the loss of limbs
  • Crushing injuries
  • Extreme blood loss
  • Death

While representing our clients, we’re often asked to provide safety suggestions that can help protect other children from being hurt while taking part in playground activities. Here’s some of the general information we often share. (However, we also recommend that you visit other websites like SafeKids.org for additional safety tips on this topic and others).

Playground Conditions and Tips for Safe Play

  • Proper surface areas. All playground falls and other potential injuries can be greatly lessened when the surface area is covered with mulch, sand, shredded rubber or loose-filled wood chips. Avoid allowing your kids to play in any area featuring gravel, loose rocks, large tree trunk stumps, and holes;
  • Poorly constructed swing sets. It’s best to only allow kids to play on swing sets with limited height ranges and ample soft surfaces beneath them to cushion where a child might fall;
  • Sharp-edged or rusty play equipment. Never let your kids play around this type of equipment as it can greatly worsen their injuries. Always take the time to fully inspect a playground area before allowing your children to start playing there;
  • Separate sections marked for children of different ages or heights. The best playgrounds clearly indicate the age range for the children who can safely use different equipment. Whatever you do, don’t allow your children to play in areas clearly intended for older kids;
  • Be sure there are adequate handrails and guardrails. Kids take many chances while playing so be sure there’s built-in safety in case your child starts to fall;
  • Constant adult supervision is critical. Only allow your child to play on a carefully monitored playground. It’s best if the supervising adults are not engaged with non-emergency cell phone activity while watching the children.

 

Has your child suffered a serious playground injury? Even carefully protected children often wind up getting hurt.  We frequently meet families struggling with this type of sorrow in our Fort Worth personal injury law firm. However, we have the skills and experience that allow us to evaluate the facts of your case and then determine if filing a lawsuit on your behalf is likely to produce a favorable outcome.

Fort Worth attorney Tom Hall is board-certified in personal injury law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He’s available to meet with you so please get in touch today by calling     1-817-831-6100 for your FREE consultation.

Call the Law Offices of Fort Worth personal injury attorney Tom Hall today at 1-817-831-1600. He’ll provide you with a FREE legal consultation regarding your injured child.

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