New York City Playground Injury Attorneys
Playgrounds are areas that are designed for children to expend some of their boundless energy safely and while having fun. When you’re at the local playground with your children or your children are on the playground at school, you fully expect them to be safe, but playground injuries are actually more common than you may realize. Playgrounds can be dangerous by design, suffer manufacturing or installation defects, or be poorly maintained – all of which can lead to dangerous playground accidents.
If your child is injured on the playground as a result of someone else’s negligence, share your concerns with a dedicated NYC playground injury attorney with considerable experience in playground injuries.
Playgrounds are fun resources at schools and parks. When this equipment is safely designed, well-manufactured, and carefully maintained, playground equipment is generally safe for children in the correct age group to play on. Unfortunately, any of the following forms of negligence can cause or contribute to serious playground accidents:
- Equipment that is based on a design that is unsafe to begin with
- Equipment that is faulty due to the manufacturing process
- Equipment that isn’t adequately maintained
- Equipment that isn’t clearly labeled for age appropriateness
- Equipment that incorporates dangerous trapping hazards for small hands, feet, or heads
- Surfaces that become dangerously hot in the sun
Unsafe Surfaces and Areas
When otherwise-safe playground equipment is placed in the middle of hard, unyielding concrete or earth, there is nothing to help break the fall of those children who inevitably do take a tumble or fall from a piece of equipment. Further, some surfaces – such as solid rubber and artificial turf – are safer than others. Playgrounds that don’t have adequate barriers to help keep children from wandering in on their own (when unsupervised), which can present its own unique dangers. Further, when playgrounds aren’t carefully tended to, glass, sharp edges, rusty nails, and other cutting dangers can find their way in.
Even when the playground where your children play is thoughtfully designed and outfitted with safe equipment, inadequate maintenance can render it dangerous. Nothing lasts forever, and nearly anything can be damaged over the course of time, including playground equipment and the grounds themselves. Playground managers who fail to implement regular maintenance and upkeep put the children who play on their playgrounds at risk.
As a parent, you should be on the lookout for the following signs of shoddy maintenance:
- A playground that looks downtrodden or uncared
- Obvious signs of broken equipment, such as dangling swings
- Sharp edges that are left unattended
Don’t Delay Consulting with an Experienced New York City Playground Injury Attorney
If your child has suffered a playground injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence, the NYC playground injury attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman understand exactly how serious the matter is and are committed to employing the full scope of their impressive experience in pursuit of the compensation to which you are entitled. To learn more, please don’t wait to contact us online or call us at 212-285-3300 today.