Omaha Playground Injury Lawyer
Playgrounds represent a common location for young children and their parents. Playgrounds are easy places to take children for interaction, stimulation, and exercise. As parents, our trust in playgrounds may shatter after a playground accident occurs which can be caused by a defective product, the actions of another child, or the negligent behavior of a caretaker in properly supervising your child. If your child was injured in a playground accident, you may be entitled to bring a claim for damages against the responsible party.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 200,000 children are treated for playground injuries each year. The vast majority of these injuries occur in public playgrounds, although the majority of deaths caused by playground accidents occur on private playgrounds. Children are more likely to injure themselves on “climbers” within public playground sets than any other item.
It is easy to see how parents who have playgrounds in their backyard eventually put enough faith in the safety of the playground equipment and their child that they do not consistently supervise playtime. However, children who are visiting the private playground may not be aware of all the quirks of one playground set or may not be experienced enough to be on a playground by themselves. Failure to supervise a child on a playground can cause serious injuries and even death. Swings are a common cause of injuries for private playgrounds, although any piece of a playground set can cause serious injuries.
Playground Injury Recovery
Property owners are often the responsible party for any injuries which occur on playgrounds. However, depending on the type of injury, the playground manufacturer may also be held liable. If you leave your child with a neighbor or friend, you should expect that the individual will properly supervise your child when they are on playground equipment. The failure to properly supervise your child may result in liability against this person for their negligent behavior.
A manufacturer may also be liable for a defective product as part of the playground equipment. A personal injury attorney will have the tools to fully investigate the source of the liability and bring a claim against the appropriate individuals.
Playground injuries can have a lasting effect on your child, both physical and psychological. The responsible party can be held liable for the following expenses:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Future earnings (in unique situations)
- Pain and suffering
A personal injury attorney will work closely with you to fully develop the claim and all related calculations.
The Knowles Law Firm | Omaha, Nebraska
If your child received an accident on a public or private playground, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Knowles Law Firm. Our attorneys have years of experience in handling all sorts of personal injury cases. Contact our Omaha, Nebraska office today for your initial free consultation.