Parents take their children to playgrounds to allow them to enjoy some physical exercise and get fresh air and sunshine. These outings are intended to be fun, which is why there is often shock, anger and disbelief whenever a playground injury occurs. Playground injuries can range from rather minor cuts and bruises to life-threatening ones that could result in extensive medical care being needed.
Common Playground Injuries
Falls are by far the most common playground injury, as children can easily slip and fall from equipment without warning. Aside from falls, some other common injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Pinched toes or fingers
- Head injuries
- Severed limbs
These injuries can happen because there is not adequate supervision. This can be because a worker is distracted or has too many children to supervise reasonably. Injuries can also happen due to faulty equipment or poor maintenance. Failing to provide cushioning material for falls, and swings that have rusty, weak chains are examples of this.
Where Do Playground Accidents Happen?
Playground injuries do not just happen at public parks, as they are also common at day care centers, schools and even private residences. Regardless of where they happen, the owner of the playground has a duty of care to provide a safe environment for children to play in. Posting warning signs about the dangers is not enough, as there should be precautionary measures put in place regardless. Parents of children who are injured due to the negligence of another can bring suit in a Texas court of law to recover their damages.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit due to a playground injury is two years from the incident. That is the amount of time parents have to file on behalf of their minor children. In the event that parents do not file within this time-frame, children may then file themselves once they reach adulthood. In these instances, the statute of limitations is two years from the victim’s 18th birthday, or until he or she reaches age 20.
Even though there is a two-year period in which to file, the best odds of recovery come whenever a lawsuit is filed as soon as possible. It’s normally easier to justify a claim when there is fresh evidence, as proof of negligence can become more difficult to obtain over time. An initial consultation could be needed to determine whether or not a valid remedy exists under law.
Get Professional Legal Assistance
A personal injury attorney can look at the evidence and determine whether or not you should go to trial. A good lawyer can inform you of the best plan of attack. Schedule your free case evaluation today by calling 713.766.5400.
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