Children’s Playground Accident Claims Explained

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How Much Can Be Claimed For Children’s Playground Accidents?

By Danielle Jordan. Last Updated 5th October 2023. Welcome to our guide to playground accident claims. Many accidents involving children occur at playgrounds, and, fortunately, the vast majority of injuries are just minor and occur due to normal play activities. However, this is not always the case, and more severe injuries can occur if the party responsible for the playground has acted negligently. This could be the school, the council, or any other organisation or business.

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playground accident claims

If your child has been injured in a playground accident that was not their fault, you could be able to claim compensation on their behalf. To learn more to kickstart your case today, our personal injury claims team is on hand to help. They operate 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. You can get in touch by:

Select a section:

  1. How much compensation can I claim for a children’s playground accident?
  2. What can be claimed for after a playground accident injury?
  3. What is a children’s playground accident?
  4. Time Limit For Claiming For A Children’s Playground Accident Injury
  5. Start your child playground accident claim.
  6. What evidence would I need for an accident in a children’s playground?
  7. How much compensation can I claim for a children’s playground accident?
  8. Playground Injury Claims – No Win No Fee Legal Help

How much compensation can I claim for a children’s playground accident?

If your child has been injured in a playground accident, you may be wondering how much compensation can be claimed. While it is impossible to give an accurate figure, we can give you an average amount of compensation for a playground accident as every case differs. Take a look at the typical compensation payout amount for several different injuries below. If you cannot find the injury that applies to your case, give us a call.

Reason for compensation Typical compensation amount Comments
Severe chest injuries (a) £100,670 to £150,110 This payout is for the worst type of case, which will be serious heart damage and/or the total removal of one lung. Prolong and serious suffering and pain will be present.
Simple chest injuries (d) £12,590 to £17,960 This payout is for relatively simple chest injuries, including those that cause some permanent tissue damage, yet no significant long-term effect on lung function.
Very severe ankle injuries £50,060 to £69,700 Very severe ankle injuries are unusual and limited. This includes transmalleolar ankle fractures, with extensive soft-tissue damage, which causes a risk of further injury and deformity.
Severe ankle injuries £31,310 to £50,060 Injuries where there is a lengthy period of being in a plaster or an extensive period of treatment.
Moderate ankle injuries £13,740 to £26,590 This includes ligamentous tears, fractures, and alike, which give rise to disabilities that are not as serious as the above, for example, residual scarring, irritation from metal plates, awkwardness on stairs, difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time, and difficulty walking on uneven grounds.
Modest ankle injuries Up to £13,740 This refers to undisplaced, minor, or less serious fractures, ligamentous injuries, and sprains.
Minor head or brain injury £2,210 to £12,770 The level of award will be determined by the absence or presence of headaches, the extent of continuing symptoms, the period taken to recover from any symptoms, and the severity of the initial injury.
Severe dislocation of the thumb (v) £6,340 to £7,780 Some permanent or minor loss of function.

What can be claimed for after a playground accident injury?

If your child has been injured in a playground accident that was not their fault, you will be able to claim for the following:

  • General damages – This payout is designed to cover the pain and suffering experienced.
  • Loss of earnings – If you have experienced a loss of earnings while caring for your child, you will be able to claim for this.
  • Travel expenses.
  • Medical expenses.

To learn more about what can be factored into playground accident claims, call our team of personal injury advisers.

What is a children’s playground accident?

A children’s playground accident refers to a child injured in a playground through no fault of their own, be it playground accidents at school, at a private playground, at a play park run by the council, or elsewhere. To be able to claim this type of accident, the following needs to be true:

  • The accident must have occurred due to the negligence, error, or carelessness of someone else. This will typically be the authority in charge of the playground or the soft play centre containing the playground.
  • Your child must have seen a doctor for any injuries sustained. This is something that we can arrange if they have not seen a medical professional yet.

To learn more about playground accident claims, please get in touch or read on.

Time Limit For Claiming For A Children’s Playground Accident Injury

In addition to meeting the relevant eligibility criteria, there are certain time limits that must be adhered to when initiating a personal injury claim. Generally, an adult over the age of 18 has three years from the date of the injury to begin the claims process. This is set by the Limitation Act 1980.

However, children cannot bring forward their own playground injury claim. The limitation period is paused until they turn 18. While the injured party is under the age of 18, a court-appointed litigation friend can start the legal process for them. Once the child turns 18, they will have three years from the date of their 18th birthday to start their playground injury compensation claim if a litigation friend did not act for them.

Some other exceptions apply to the time limit. Please speak with an advisor from our team to discuss these or to learn how to be appointed as a litigation friend to claim compensation on your child’s behalf.

Start your child playground accident claim

Please get in touch with a team member today if you’d like to discuss playgrounds accident claims. We handle claims for all types of playground accidents, so the only thing you need to do is give us a call to start the claims process.

You can speak to a member of our team anytime about playground accident claims. They will happily answer any queries you have, and we always provide free consultations. During this first consultation, one of our legal advisors will embark on a fact-finding session. This will involve asking you several questions so that they can fully understand what has happened. There is nothing to worry about; this is designed to provide you with the best advice for your case.

We can also arrange a local medical for your child. Again, this is nothing to fret about. This is merely designed so that there is a professional medical report that details your child’s injuries, as well as the recommended course of treatment. This will be used to determine how compensation is awarded.

Injured at an indoor play area – Do I have a claim?

Whether the accident that has occurred has taken place at an indoor or outdoor playground, our team can help with anything playground accident claims related.

If a playground manager has not taken reasonable care to make sure accidents are avoided and the indoor play area is safe, you have grounds to sue them for the accident that has been involved. We will show that they have failed to comply with one of the Acts of Parliament that cover children’s playgrounds. This includes:

What evidence would I need for an accident in a children’s playground?

It does help to gather as much evidence as possible when launching playground accident claims. This includes:

  • A medical report – This is something your doctor will provide. If you or your child is yet to see a medical professional, we can arrange this for you.
  • Details of the accident – As soon as you get the opportunity, jot down the accident details so you don’t forget later down the line.
  • Take photographs – Photographs of the playground, as well as any injuries, can help to strengthen your case.
  • Contact details of the perpetrator.
  • Contact details of any witnesses – Witness statements serve as exceptional proof of what has happened.
  • Proof of loss of earnings – If you have suffered any out of pocket expenses due to the accident, such as loss of income or counselling expenses, keep receipts and other documents that will prove this.

Playground Injury Claims – No Win No Fee Legal Help

If your child was at a playground and suffered an injury due to a relevant third party breaching their duty of care, you could be entitled to compensation. Starting a playground injury claim on behalf of your child might seem complex or daunting, but one of our No Win No Fee solicitors could help.

One of our solicitors could help guide you through the playground injury claims process with their years of legal experience. They may also offer to represent you under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This is a kind of No Win No Fee contract that means you don’t pay any upfront or ongoing service fees. Similarly, should your claim fail, you won’t pay your solicitor for their work on the case.

Playground Accident Claims

Playground accident claims

Should your claim succeed, then your solicitor will deduct a success fee from your compensation. This small percentage comes with a legislative cap, which helps ensure that the majority of your settlement goes to you.

Our advisors are here to help if you’d like to learn more about claiming for a playground injury your child suffered. They can answer any questions you may have, and can help identify if you have a valid claim. If you do, then you could be put in contact with one of our solicitors.

To get started, you can:

Helpful links

You’ve nearly reached the end of our guide to playground accident claims. Therefore, in this final section, we’ve included some extra resources, as well as answers to some frequently asked questions.

NHS on Health A-Z – Conditions and treatments

Find out what condition you could be suffering from, as well as the ideal course of treatment.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For a Child Injury?

If your child has been injured, find out how much compensation you can claim for your child. So, contact us for free legal advice and how to start a No Win No Fee child injury claim.

How To Claim Compensation Against The Council?

If the local council’s negligence causes an accident, see if you can claim compensation and get free legal advice.

Personal Injury Claims Process

If you’d like to find out more about the personal injury claims process, read our guide on how to claim.

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