Not all injuries that occur on a playground are simply an accident. If your child has sustained an injury while playing on a playground, you may have a legal right to seek compensation on your child’s behalf.
Schools that either own or maintain playgrounds have a responsibility to provide children with a safe environment in which to play. For example, industry standards dictate that playground equipment should be installed in a specific manner that helps prevent children from falling from the equipment and lessens the severity of a child’s injuries in the event a fall does occur.
Specifically, schools should limit the height of playground equipment. In addition, the fall zone, or area located underneath or around the area where a child could fall, must be free of other equipment or obstacles that could come into contact with a child who has fallen. Lastly, equipment should be set up over a protective surfacing such as shredded rubber; wood chips or bark mulch as opposed to asphalt or dirt. These types of shock-absorbing surfaces will cushion the impact of a falling body, thereby reducing the risk of serious injury. A school or municipality that fails to set up playground equipment in this fashion may be held liable for injuries caused by the creation of a dangerous condition.