Playground accidents can occur at school, daycare, or in private play areas. While some injuries are truly “accidental,” resulting from typical childhood activities, some are preventable incidents. Dangerous and defective play equipment, property hazards like sharp sticks or rusty metal, and lack of proper supervision are all examples of preventable factors in playground injuries. If your child recently suffered a serious injury during playtime, consider your legal options with the help of experienced Fort Lauderdale playground accident attorneys Jason and Debi Chalik. An individual or establishment may be responsible for your child’s harms.
When Is a Childhood Injury Negligence?
After hearing news of a playground accident, investigate what happened. Ask those in charge of the playground, whether that’s the school supervisor or daycare center manager. Take photos of any relevant piece of evidence, such as a jagged piece of metal that cut your child or the jungle gym he/she fell off of. Get your child medical attention for injuries as soon as possible. Keep record of everyone you speak to, as well as documents such as medical records. Signs that your child’s injury may grounds for a personal injury claim include:
- Suspicious story. If the person in charge of watching your child seems inconsistent with his/her story, it may be a sign that the supervisor wasn’t adequately doing his/her job at the time of the incident. Inadequate supervision could be the individual’s fault or the establishment’s liability if the supervisor is an employee.
- Evidence of a playground defect. If the cause of injury has something to do with a property hazard, you may have a premises liability claim against the owner. This includes trip and fall hazards, poorly maintained equipment, and lack of fencing to prevent children from running into the road.
- Issues with a defective product. You may have a product liability claim if a defective piece of playground equipment caused the harm. A swing with a missing chain link, for example, could fall apart and result in your child’s head injury. The product manufacturer and/or distributor could be liable for these types of accidents.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 200,000 children under the age of 14 visit the emergency room for playground injuries every year. More than 20,000 of these cases involve traumatic brain injuries. Playground accidents don’t just result in bumps and bruises – some of them can cause very serious childhood injuries. These cases could benefit from the attention of experienced personal injury lawyers in Fort Lauderdale. Your child could be the victim of some form of negligence.
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Why Trust the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik?
Jason and Debi Chalik work hard on behalf of their clients. When a case involves an injury to a child, they make it their personal priority. They understand how devastating a childhood injury can be to a developing child’s physical and emotional health. They don’t treat negligence that leads to child harms lightly. When you choose the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik to represent your case, you’ll get aggressive legal representation in the Fort Lauderdale courts. Whether you need to go up against a public/private school, product manufacturer, daycare center, or negligent individual, we have the resources you need.
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