Omaha Playground Accident Attorneys
A playground is considered a safe place for children to exercise, meet other children, and enjoy the out-of-doors. A day at the park can turn into a parent’s worst nightmare if serious injury occurs. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that every year, more than 200,000 children aged 14 or younger sustain playground-related injuries. The agency reveals the most common types of injuries children may sustain:
On public playgrounds, more injuries are related to climbing than on any other type of equipment. About 75% of the injuries occur on public playgrounds, school playgrounds, and play areas at daycare centers.
The causes of playground injuries can include:
- Lack of proper supervision
- Faulty playground equipment
- Unsafe fall surfaces
- Lack of maintenance such as trash, rusted equipment
- Falls from monkey bars and other climbing equipment
- Cuts from exposed metal on slides
- Equipment with pinch hazards
- Puncture wounds or abrasions associated with exposed nails, screws
- Lack of proper guardrails
- Defective chains on swing equipment
- Manufacturing defects or unsafely designed equipment
After a child is seriously injured on a playground, the liable parties must be identified. Every playground injury case is unique. If your child was injured on a school playground because of negligent supervision, an injury claim could be brought against the school and individual parties. In an accident occurring in a daycare setting, the owner or operator of the daycare center could be the liable party. In a public park, the city or county may be responsible for ensuring the equipment is safe for children, and if they fail to do so, could be held legally accountable.
For a parent, there is no more frightening situation than a seriously injured child. The main concern is ensuring the child has the best medical care and can recover fully from the injuries. Unfortunately, some injuries may require long-term medical care, or in the most tragic cases, the child does not survive. In these cases, a wrongful death case can be filed to seek justice and compensatory damages.
A serious fall with a head impact can lead to a brain injury, along with memory, concentration, and learning problems, and other symptoms. In cases of severe injuries with long-term consequences, you must ensure you are represented by a playground injury lawyer that will pursue fair compensation. At Bottlinger Law L.L.C., our legal team serves as legal counsel to parents in this devastating situation.
The process of bringing a claim to seek compensation for an injured child varies. The party or parties may have been negligent in maintaining the playground, installed unsafe equipment, or failed to supervise the children. A claim filed against the city of Omaha (for public parks) requires specific filings with the State Risk Management Board, the State Claims Board, or the State Legislature, based on the claim’s value.
The legal matters surrounding a playground injury accident can be daunting to try to resolve, particularly if your child is in the hospital, or suffering long-term consequences after an accident. We advise you to meet our legal team at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. to discuss what occurred and evaluate your legal options. If another party acted in a negligent manner, which resulted in a seriously injured child, that party must be held legally accountable. When we represent an injured child, we are focused, dedicated, and pursue the maximum compensation. We offer a free case consultation. Call us at (402) 505-8234.
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