There has been significant investment in outdoor play parks for children over recent years. These outdoor play areas must be kept safe. While the local council or park owner is not responsible for the supervision of children using the park, they do have the responsibility to ensure equipment is of good quality and that appropriate surfaces are installed. It also means that where possible, play areas should be clean and tidy and include suitable warnings where appropriate.
If your child was injured at a play park, you could have a claim for compensation for his or her injuries. At Graham Coffey & Co, we offer specialist personal injury representation for children who have been injured on faulty outdoor play equipment and their parents. Contact our Manchester law office to discuss your incident in a free initial consultation.
Children have three years from their 18th birthday to pursue an injury claim. This means that even if your child had an accident in the 1990s, he or she could still have a claim. Let our solicitors worry about the investigation.
Councils and Park Owners Must Combine Creativity With Safety
With the push for more imaginative play areas, councils, schools and private owners have the challenge to combine excitement with safety. Even where a play area is constructed initially in a good condition, councils and owners have the ongoing duty to maintain it as a safe, secure recreational area. All too often, however, children are injured due to:
- Poorly maintained play equipment
- Poor installation
- Sharp edges created by broken metal fastenings
- Design faults in play equipment
- Inappropriate surfacing such as the use of tarmac or concrete instead of matting or bark
- Poor inspection/failure to spot submerged fencing or tripping hazards
- Exposed nails
- Broken swing chains or climbing equipment
- Discarded bottles that have not been cleaned up
Our solicitors are highly experienced in handling injury claims on behalf of children and their families. When you instruct us, you will have direct contact with your solicitor, who will answer your questions and guide you through each step in the process.