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Playground accident claim

If your child suffers injury when using a playground, you can make a claim against the party responsible for causing the accident.

Although the law does not provide a complete guarantee of safety at a playground, what the law does require is that playgrounds should be reasonably safe for children to use.

Accidents in playgrounds can occur due to faulty and poorly maintained equipment, equipment being vandalised, soft tiles being missing and so on.

It is important to note that children do sometimes fall over when they are playing. This is part of normal life and just because injury has occurred does not mean that a claim can be made. It is only when the accident was caused by a breach of duty that a claim can be made.

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Who is responsible?

It is important to identify at an early stage who is responsible for the accident. In many cases, it will be the local council who are responsible, or it may be an independent contractor if they have done work on the playground. If the playground is on commercial premises, such as in the garden of a pub, it will be the company who are running the commercial premises who are liable. If the playground is on school grounds, then it may be the academy who run the school or the local education authority who are responsible for ensuring that the playground is reasonably safe.

Common injuries

Common injuries on playgrounds include fractured bones when children trip or fall, as well as head injuries, cuts and bruises.

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What to do after the accident

If your child was injured when using a playground, then of course, you must obtain medical attention for your child as quickly as possible. For a claim to be made it is vitally important to report the accident to the council. We recommend that you take photographs and video footage of the scene and also get details of any witnesses. You should then contact us so that we can advise on how to make a claim.
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How much is my claim worth

During your consultation with one of our solicitors, we will be able to give you an idea of how much compensation your child might be able to claim. We will be able to advise you more precisely once we have obtained all the relevant evidence including a medical report.

For general guidance on the value of claims for injuries, please click here.

Time limits to make a claim

The starting point is that there is a 3 year time limit to make a claim, however, this 3 year time limit only applies to adults. Where a child is injured the 3 time limit runs out when the child is 21. This gives plenty of time to make the claim though we highly recommend that the claim is submitted as soon as possible so that key evidence can be obtained at the start of the case. Any delay may make that process harder.

If you make a claim on behalf of your child you are known as the “Litigation Friend” and in this role, you can start the claim on behalf of your child.

How long does the compensation claim process take

The compensation claims process for a playground accident involving a child will vary depending on whether liability for the accident is disputed and the seriousness of the injuries. If liability is admitted and your child recovers very well from their injuries, then it may only take a few months for the claim to be resolved.

In cases of serious injuries, it is not always possible to settle so quickly. Claims settled on behalf of children have to be approved by the court. The court may not approve a settlement if the prognosis for the child’s recovery is uncertain. In each case, we will advise on what a reasonable would be and where settlement can be agreed, we will apply to the court for approval.

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Why choose Levenes?

Focused solely on helping personal injury victims

We work diligently for our clients to help them put their lives back together and at the same time obtain the maximum compensation. With us on your side, you can expect:

  • Over 100 years of combined experience – We have proven results; we are lawyers who fight for you with a record of success.
  • Strong litigators – We are not afraid to take your case to court if we have to. We stand up for the rights of the injured and not for the rights of the big corporations.
  • Empathy – We pride ourselves on our compassion and understanding and we are easy to talk to. We always put your interest first and we treat you as our family.
  • A personal approach – Your case will be handled directly by one our partners with support from our team of lawyers.
  • A tailor-made approach – Every client is treated individually and not as a number, to achieve the best possible result that you deserve.
  • Clear communication – We talk to you in a down to earth way. We avoid legal jargon unless it cannot be avoided, and if so, we explain things clearly and simply.
  • Maximum compensation – We have the courage to fight for what you are entitled to.
  • Full attention – We have the resources to focus on every detail of the case and consider every angle. We do not spread ourselves too thinly – you deserve our full attention.

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