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Premises Liability: Parks & Playgrounds

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November 4, 2015

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As a parent, you never want to see your child hurt as the result of negligence by someone else. Slips and falls can happen at the playground, but what if the injury could have been prevented? Inevitably, your child will fall at a park or playground as the result of nothing more than just average child behavior. But if an injury occurs due to the environment or equipment, then you may be able to recover damages such as medical expenses, emotional injury, pain and suffering for you and your child, etc.

Perhaps the playground equipment has dangerous characteristics, doesn’t get the proper upkeep and maintenance every year as it should, or areas on the playground were not suitably taken care of despite the fact that children would be present. For example, if the playground had icy conditions in the winter and no action was taken to prevent falls. If any of these instances can be attributed to your child’s injury, then you can file for compensation from the company that manufactured the park or playground equipment and the school or park district that is accountable for its maintenance.

Premises liability law is very clear: any person or entity in control of the premises must identify and repair potential or actual threats on the premises with reasonable care. If they do not, then they must at least offer a warning of any perceived risks on the premises.

It’s important to remember that any premises liability case is complex. There are many safety standards and guidelines, especially when it comes to parks and playgrounds, so hiring an experienced personal injury attorney is highly recommended. Here at Harvey Walner & Associates, we will be dedicated to your cause. Contact us today to get started on your free consultation.

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