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Which Law Firm is Best at Handling Cases Involving Children Hurt at a Dangerous Playground?
When you take your child to a playground you expect that the swings, slides, and jungle gyms are safe and properly maintained. Unfortunately, this common assumption is not always the reality. From defective products to unsafe property and premises, a playground has the potential to cause catastrophic injury to a child – no matter how many safety precautions a parent takes.
It takes attorneys with the right knowledge and experience to navigate the complexity of personal injury lawsuits, especially those involving a child that is hurt while playing on school or park playground. The personal injury attorneys at Schiffman Firm in Pittsburgh have successfully represented cases on behalf of children and their families that have been hurt by defective and dangerous playground equipment.
Our legal team has over 100 years of combined expertise in the practice of law including the pursuit of cases against the manufacturers, sellers, and owners of playground equipment. If your child or a child you care about has been injured or suffered a fatal accident due to the negligence, carelessness, or recklessness of another person, company, or even by a defective product, you need the right attorneys. Contact us today for a free assessment of your case. There are no costs or fees for our personal injury services unless we recover money on your behalf.
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Scrapes, Falls, Head Injuries
What Are Some Common Injuries A Child Can Suffer From Dangerous or Defective Swings Sets, Jungle Gyms, and Other Playground Equipment?
Given the variety of playground equipment, it’s possible for any type of injury to occur due to defective products creating a dangerous playing environment for children.
No matter the injury type or the severity, you and your family deserve justice if an injury occurred due to a dangerous playground environment created by defective equipment like slides, swing sets, and jungle gyms.
Common injuries a child may suffer from defective or dangrous playground equipment can include:
Schools, Public Parks, Manufacturers
Who Can Be Held Responsible or Liable If My Child Is Injured by Defective and Dangerous Playground Equipment?
Defining who is liable when an injury occurs by a defective product or unsafe property is a delicate process. Any legal matter is complex, but product liability (Read: What is product liability?) cases present multiple challenges and the possibility to uncover multiple parties liable for injuries sustained.
The law provides that certain parties such as school districts, municipalities, and other government agencies are immune from being sued in many instances of personal injury. Many times when a child is hurt on playground equipment, the family is faced with a school district or township pleading and ensuring that it is immune from any type of legal recourse.
That is not always the case – and there may be multiple parties liable for injuries caused by defective playground equipment.
It takes attorneys with the right knowledge and experience to counter these arguments. The attorneys at Schiffman Firm combine for over 100 years of expertise in the practice of law including the pursuit of cases against the manufacturers, sellers, and owners of playground equipment.
Contact our team today for a free review of your case.
Parties that can held liable for defective playground equipment injuries include:
- Public and private parks and playgrounds
- Municipalities, boroughs, and other local government agencies
- School districts
- Equipment manufacturers
- Retail stores, wholesalers, and distributors
- Contractors that installed or were under contract to service and maintain the equipment
- Fast food restaurants featuring playgrounds for children
- Property owners
Manufactuer Defects, Improper Assembly, Poor Upkeep
What Are Some Common Causes of Injuries Caused by Defective Swings, Slides, Jungle Gyms, and Other Playground Equipment?
While they may seem safe from a distance – take a closer look at any piece of playground equipment and you will more than likely notice that a dangerous condition could present itself quite easily. Even more common are defects that cannot be detected by the naked eye that could potentially cause harm to the children playing on the equipment. This could be things like manufacturer defects or engineering flaws.
Every child and family deserves to have a safe place to play and spend time together. Unfortunately, whether it be manufacturer defects, negligence, or a lack of maintenance – any child could be at risk of suffering a personal injury while playing on a playground.
Determining the cause of a defective product requires time, knowledge, and expertise. The personal injury attorneys at Schiffman Firm has a track record of delivering results to clients in product liability cases, including families that suffered an injury to a child caused by dangerous or defective playground equipment.
Our team understands how to break down every piece of equipment to the nuts and bolts to discover exactly what caused the accident. By partnering with industry experts our team will create a fact-based approach that gives our attorneys an edge when representing our clients in court.
Did your family suffer an injury to a child? Contact us today for a free review of your case.
Common causes of defective and dangerous playground equipment include:
- Manufacturer defects
- Improper or faulty assembly
- Lack of proper maintenance
- Unsecured or loose fasteners (bolts, screws, nails)
- Rusted fasteners (bolts, screws, nails)
- Exposed rough or sharp metal
- No safe or designated method to come down from high places
- Lack of warning or safety alerts
- Equipment is on unsafe property conditions
- Ground cover is not present
Slides, Swingsets, Jungle Gyms
What Are Some Common Types of Playground Equipment That Can Cause a Child Injury?
Playgrounds have evolved since the days of being just slides and swing sets. Some parks and public playgrounds can resemble a miniature amusement park – filled with elaborate designs and physically engaging stations for kids to play on. Playgrounds are an incredible activity for children of all ages, but dangerous and defective equipment can go unnoticed until an injury is suffered.
Swing sets can be prone to malfunctioning if they are not properly maintained. A common fault can be the seat or lines becoming detached due to defective fasteners – like screws and bolts – causing a fall injury.
Playground slides come in a few different varieties and each can present its own dangerous scenario. Metal slides can rust or have sharp pieces that protrude and cause lacerations while wooden slides can fragment and splinter causing cuts and scrapes.
Jungle Gyms, Treehouse Playsets, Rockclimbing Walls
Jungle gyms can be a combination of different playground pieces – swings, slides, climbing features, monkey bars, and more. Because of this, jungle gyms and treehouse playsets can present more opportunities for injury than standalone and individual pieces of playground equipment.
Seesaws and Teeter Totters
Improperly balanced or installed seesaws and teeter totters can cause serious fall injuries to children.
Merry-Go-Rounds can present a dangerous playground environment if they do not provide proper handrails for children to properly balance themselves with. They can also cause injuries if they are not installed on proper and safe grounding or if they are installed near physical objects that could cause further injury if a child were to fall off.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is a injury caused by a dangerous and efective playground worth/
Compensation can vary in any personal injury case or lawsuit, especially if it was caused by a defective product or a manufacturer defect. Your family deserves the proper compensation if you or one of your children were injured by a defective slide, swing set, jungle gym, treehouse, or any other type of playground equipment.
Some damages that could be awarded can include:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Loss of income or wages if time off work was needed to care for your injured child
- Pain and suffering
The personal injury attorneys at Schiffman Firm can help get your family the compensation you deserve if you or one of your children suffered an injury caused by a defective or dangerous piece of playground equipment. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your case today.
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