Defective Playground Equipment May Be Blamed for Your Child’s Injuries
Children love to get exercise and play outdoors. Some of a child's favorite things to do are climb, swing, slide and go to the playground. A playground should be a fun experience for a child, not a tragic one. However, according to KidsHealth.org there are approximately 200,000 children injured in playground-related injuries every year.
While falls and other child-induced injuries account for a certain percentage of Iowa playground injuries, there are other causes such as faulty equipment, poorly maintained equipment, and defective playground equipment that contribute to these statistics as well. If your child is injured on the playground, someone may be responsible for your child's injuries.
Who May Be Held Liable
Depending where the playground accident occurred there may be several parties that could be held responsible for your child's injuries, including:
- Your city (city playground not maintained properly)
- Daycare (daycare playground equipment not taken care of)
- Manufacturer of the playground equipment (faulty design)
- Residential owners (backyard playground equipment not taken care of properly)
If your child was injured on a daycare's playground equipment, you may want to blame them for your child's injuries. However, the equipment itself may need to be looked at closely. If the playground equipment was designed poorly, the manufacturer of the equipment may be held liable.
There have been many cases in which a manufacturing company of playground equipment has used faulty materials, was negligent in manufacturing the equipment, or improperly installed something. In addition, the equipment may have been a product of a defective design.
If your child has been injured in an Iowa playground accident, you should contact a Cedar Rapids personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer can help you determine if you have a product liability case against the manufacturer, or who may be to blame for your child's catastrophic injuries.
The same can be said for city playgrounds. If a child is injured due to rusty equipment or loose bolts at a city park, the city could be held responsible. Parents should inspect the equipment before children use it, but the city is ultimately responsible for the condition of the playground equipment. If the equipment is broken, rusted, unsafe, or outdated, it can be dangerous for kids to play on and injuries may occur.
Injuries from playground equipment can range from minor injuries, such as fractures and broken bones, to life-changing injuries such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, amputations, and internal injuries. Whether your child has suffered minor or major injuries, someone should be held liable. Contact an experienced Iowa personal injury lawyer at Brady Preston Gronlund, who will fight for your rights, answer your questions, and inform you each step of the way. Call us today at (319) 866-9277 for a free legal evaluation.