Throughout the State of Florida, there are playgrounds in most every community. Some are located at public schools, public parks, day care centers, camps, after school centers, community centers, and other areas. As a Florida Child Injury Lawyer, I am often asked the following questions:
What if a Child is Injured While on a Florida Playground?
Is There a Case to Pursue for Compensation?
The answer to these questions will depend on the facts and circumstances of the case. A legal case or claim can be pursued when a child is injured at a playground but ONLY IF it can be proved that the injuries resulted from the negligent supervision of the child OR from the negligent maintenance of the playground equipment. If the child is under the care or watch of a day care center, school, camp, or other program, it is important that the staff members and volunteers consistently supervise the children playing in the area. Here are some safety tips to follow:
*There should be appropriate staff to child ratios so that supervision can be provided for all of the children and the entire area.
*Children should be matched with a playground by age, ability, and manufacturer recommendations.
*Bullying, aggressive behavior, pushing, shoving, and other physical activities that could harm a child in a playground area should not be tolerated.
*Playground area should be frequently inspected for broken equipment, sharp edges, glass, and other objects that may cause harm to a child.
*Children should be prevented from attempting any stunts, dangerous activities, and / or misuse of the playground equipment.
If a child is injured as a result of negligent supervision or maintenance, a Florida Child Injury Lawyer should be contacted to discuss the child’s right to damages and compensation. The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Playground Injuries, Day Care Center Injuries, School Injuries, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury. Another good resource for parents is the book – Florida Day Care Center Injuries – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – Building Blocks of Knowledge for Parents. This book has chapters on Outdoor Facilities, Supervision, Emergency Procedures, and other topics. You can get this book for free at Florida Day Care Center Injuries.