During the summer months and the rest of the year, children enjoy the fun and adventure of spending time on a playground. Whether it is at the day care center, school, summer camp, or public park, a playground can provide hours of entertainment and activity for children – especially toddlers and pre-schools. Of course, elementary aged children also enjoy going to the playground but as they grow older – the playground loses some of its luster to these children. For the children who still love to go to the playground, there is great fun but also a risk of injury any time that a child spends time on a playground.
Swing sets are commonly placed, seen, and maintained on playgrounds. When a child is injured during the use of swings on a playground, there may be liability or responsibilities on the part off the city, school, day care center, and / or owner of the property where the swing set is located. There should be a distinction made between a person, business, or other entity who / that is the supervisor of children and a person, business, or other entity who / that is the owner of the property where the playground / swing set is located.
Supervision of Children
When a child is under the care and supervision of a school, day care center, summer camp, or other program, it is important that reasonable and necessary care be provided to the child. Playground equipment and play should be age appropriate. Furthermore, children should be supervised in a reasonably careful manner. Rough or dangerous play should be stopped immediately. Swings are a known hazard for those playing around the swings and for those children on the swings. As such, child care providers and supervisors should be on the look out for dangerous play that may result in personal injuries including injuries related to strangulation during playground use. If a child while using swings is twisting and turning around, a child care provider should immediately step in as this is not the proper or safe use of the swing set. If the dangerous play continues, the child care provider should promptly remove the child from the swing set area.
Playgrounds are places where children can explore and interact with their friends. On most days and for most children, a playground is a wonderful for a child to be active and use his or her imagination while having fun with friends. . Unfortunately for some children, a playground can be the site of a serious personal injury. If the injury results from the improper maintenance of the playground AND / OR the improper supervision by child care provider, friend, neighbor, or relative, there could be a plate case or claim pursued on behalf of the injured child.As a Florida Child Injury Lawyer handling cases throughout the State Florida, the issue of damages is present in every case. Essentially, what is a case worth? What should the settlement value be? Should the case proceed to trial? These are excellent and common questions.
It should be noted that thereare essentially two parts of each personal injury case whether the incident involves a playground injury, day care center abuse / neglect, or an automobile accident. The two major parts of each personal injury cases on behalf of the injured are as follows:
1. Liability; and
During the summer months, a child can get injured on a playground in a number of ways. One such way is being burned by the hot ground or hot playground equipment. While a playground owner / operator / supervision cannot do much about the weather, safety precautions can be taken on the playground itself by making the sure that the equipment is made with materials and coating that protects the children and that the ground cover is made of materials that also protect the children in a reasonable manner.