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Playground Accidents

Wilmington Slip and Fall Lawyers discuss playground accidents and getting the help you need to hold liable parties accountable. A simple trip to the playground can turn into a painful experience if you or your child slip and fall or are otherwise injured. Public parks, public and private schools, daycare centers, and private homes may all have playground equipment. Unfortunately, playground accidents are common occurrences and can result in serious injuries. Anyone injured in a playground accident should seek immediate medical attention and consult an experienced Delaware accident lawyer for legal advice.

Types of Playground Injuries

Some of the injuries that occur on playgrounds include:

  • Broken bones from slip and falls.
  • Cuts and lacerations from broken/improperly maintained equipment.
  • Dislocations.
  • Concussions from falls.
  • Dog bites from dogs running loose, or dogs unaccustomed to small children.

According to Delaware law, dogs must be leashed. Aside from a few exceptions, owners have strict liability for dogs that bite or injure people.

In the case of children injured in a playground accident where daycare or school staff is in charge, negligent supervision may be a factor in the accident. The ratio of staff to students is important to investigate in these cases.

Preventing Playground Accidents

There are many steps that can be taken to keep children safe from injury when they are playing including:

  • Using mulch or rubber chips to provide soft surfaces to land on.
  • Maintaining equipment properly, including painting with non-toxic lead-free paint, checking for rust that could indicate structural damage, and loose screws or other small parts that present a potential choking hazard.
  • Posting warning signs and marking off any equipment or areas under repair that should not be used.
  • Ensuring surfaces are level and free of debris to prevent slip and falls.
  • Providing adequate supervision in daycare and school settings.

If You or Your Child is Injured in a Playground Accident

Probably the last thing you expect on a children’s playground is to experience an accident with serious consequences, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 45 percent of playground related injuries are serious. If this happens to you or your child, it is crucial to:

  • Document the circumstances of the accident immediately with photos or videos.
  • Write down exactly what happened as soon as possible before important details are forgotten.
  • Get the contact information of anybody who witnessed the accident so that you can also obtain their written account.

The more evidence you can gather, the better chance of success you will have in recovering potential compensation for your injuries.

Contact an experienced premises liability lawyer who can investigate the accident and ensure that your claim is filed within the Delaware statute of limitations.

Wilmington Slip and Fall Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Advocate for Children Injured by the Negligence of Others

It is always a tragedy when a child is injured, but even more so when it happens at a place meant for play. Contact a dedicated Wilmington slip and fall lawyer at Rhoades & Morrow if your child has been injured in a playground accident. Our team will investigate on your behalf and ensure that negligent parties are held accountable. Call us today at 302-427-9500 for a free consultation about your case. You can also contact us online. We have three convenient locations in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford serving clients throughout the state of Delaware.

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