In most cases, discussion about slip and fall accidents occur when an adult is injured. When a child trips or slips, they usually suffer nothing more than a little bit of a scare and a scraped knee. However, modern playgrounds and parks, with hard surfaces, other children and elevated platforms offer more risk of injuries than ever before.
In fact, more than 200,000 children under the age of 14 suffer from a playground accident that requires medical treatment.
Taking Action after a Slip and Fall Personal Injury
The first priority after any slip and fall accident is to seek medical attention for the serious injuries that occur. Playground falls may cause dislocations, broken bones, TBIs, internal injuries and more. Once medical attention is sought, a parent or caregiver must begin to gather evidence to determine how and why the accident occurred, to begin with.
To gather evidence, you need to take pictures or a video of the area where the accident occurred and show any physical hazards that may have led to the accident, such as debris, drains, potholes, uneven flooring, etc. In many cases, maintenance teams will come fix any issues directly after an injury, so it is imperative to have evidence of anything you think may have contributed to the injury.
When moving forward with a personal injury claim for a fall at a park or playground, it is important to understand that there are certain factors that will affect the outcome. For example, the location of the park or playground is a serious consideration. Trying to pursue a personal injury claim at a school or public park is going to be different compared to a restaurant or private day care because of the laws that govern and restrict government entities.
The Difficulties of Pursuing Personal Injury Compensation for Park Injuries
When you are allowing your child to play at a public park or a commercial play area, you have the responsibility to supervise your child. In many cases, the design and poor maintenance of the playground may be what caused the injuries, as well as weathering, which causes splintering, cracks and other imperfections. The ability to recover compensation for injuries is complex, so it is a good idea to work with a premises liability attorney to know what rights you have.
If you need more information about securing personal injury compensation after a slip and fall at a park or playground, contact the attorneys at Rosner Law Offices, P.C. by calling 856-692-6500.