How Much Compensation For Children’s Playground Accident Claims?
By Ruth Lambert. Last Updated 2nd February 2021. 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.
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:
- A guide to children’s playground accident claims.
- What is a children’s playground accident?
- What should you do if you or your child has been injured in a playground accident?
- Has your child has an accident in an adventure playground?
- Can you sue for playground accidents?
- What can be claimed for after a playground accident injury?
- Start your child playground accident claim.
- Injured at an indoor play area, do I have a claim?
- Child injured on school playground do I have a claim?
- Slip, trip, or fall in a children’s playground, can I claim compensation?
- What are the most common playground accidents?
- Playground accident statistics UK.
- Children’s park play area accident claims.
- What evidence would I need for an accident in a children’s playground?
- Who can claim for an injury due to an accident at a children’s playground?
- Can a parent or guardian claim for lost earnings?
- How much compensation can I claim for a children’s playground accident?
- No Win No Fee children’s playground accident claims.
- Why choose us for your children’s playground accident claims service?
- Call for free advice and to start a claim.
There is nothing worse than seeing your child get injured. While minor bumps and scrapes are to be expected, if your child has been injured while at a playground and it was not their fault, there is a high chance that you will be able to claim for compensation on their behalf.
To find out everything you need to know regarding playground accidents, from claims for school playground accidents to playground accident statistics, simply read on.
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 that is run by the council, or elsewhere. In order to be able to make a claim for 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 that is in charge of the playground.
- The accident must have occurred within the past three years. This is the time limit on personal injury claims, although there can be some exceptions when children are involved, so it is worth getting in touch if you are unsure.
- 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.
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If you or your child has been injured in a playground accident, you should get the medical assistance required. This is important no matter how minor your injuries may seem. Not only is it vital in terms of your health, but also the medical report that has been put together will be used to determine how much compensation you receive.
Then, all you need to do is give us a call and we will do all in our power to secure compensation for you. We always make an effort to secure the maximum compensation amount for our clients, enabling them to get on with their lives as much as is possible after the accident they have been involved in.
Please continue reading to learn more about playground accident claims or get in touch with a member of our team today.
If your child has been injured at an adventure playground, you will have the basis for a claim so long as the accident was not their fault. You will be able to make a claim against the authority that is in charge of the adventure playground. Such incidents typically occur due to poor maintenance, poor inspection, incorrect installation, unsuitable equipment for the intended age group, poor layout and design, poor equipment design, and failure to comply with standards that are in place.
If any of these have occurred, or any other type of accident has happened that was not your fault, we will be able to launch a personal injury claim for you and your child.
Please continue reading to learn more about playground accident claims or get in touch with a member of our team today.
The short answer to this question is yes; you can sue for playground accidents. When making a claim, the most important factor to determine is who is to blame. This is because your accident claim will be made against the authority or the company that has the responsibility of maintaining the playground.
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.
Please get in touch with a member of our team 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.
When you speak to a member of our team, 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 a number of questions so that they can fully understand what has happened. There is nothing to worry about; this is simply designed so that we can 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.
No matter 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:
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
- Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957
Schools have a responsibility to make sure that they provide a safe and healthy environment for all children and staff members. The playground falls into this statement as well. They must comply with government regulations, as well as playground standards, including the EN1177 standard for surfaces, and the EN1176 standard, which covers equipment.
If the school has acted negligently or made an error, you will be able to claim compensation for the suffering your child has experienced, as well as the loss of income you have encountered while looking after your little one.
To find out what’s required to prove playground accident claims, give our friendly team a call.
You can also make a claim for a slip, trip, or fall at a children’s playground, so long as the accident occurred due to someone else’s error. If your child tripped over because their lace was
undone or they weren’t looking where they were going, you won’t be able to make a claim. However, if they tripped because the surface of the playground was uneven, or they slipped because someone spilt oil when maintaining the equipment, you will have the basis for a claim.
If you are unsure as to whether you are likely to receive compensation for the incident you or your child was involved in, all you need to do is give us a call and we will happily give you the full picture on playground accident claims for your situation.
The type of accident that has occurred does not matter in terms of whether you will be able to claim compensation. The most important factor is being able to prove that someone else is to blame. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most common playground defects that can cause injury and result in a compensation claim:
- Poorly maintained moving equipment, for example, swings, zip lines, and roundabouts.
- Missing steps or footholds on high equipment.
- Exposed metal, wood, nails, or other sharp objects.
- Dangerous fencing such as barbed wire.
- Protruding obstacles that are a trip hazard.
- Uneven or hard flooring close to play equipment.
- Damaged soft flooring.
- Loose handles or seating on play equipment.
- Damaged play equipment with exposed sharp edges.
- Broken play equipment.
The most common playground accidents that can occur as a result of the above that often lead to playground accident claims being made include:
- Ankle injuries
- Internal injuries
- Fractured or broken bones
- Concussions or other head injuries
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) says research indicates that there are roughly 40,000 injuries to children per year on playgrounds. This relates to injuries that have resulted in a hospital visit. Around 40% of injuries occur due to equipment. The following percentages apply to fall injuries that have occurred due to equipment:
- Fireman’s poles: 1%
- See-saws: 4%
- Roundabouts: 5%
- Slides: 21%
- Climbers: 23%
- Swings: 40%
- Others: 6%
This research should not be used to assume that swings are more dangerous. There are simply more swings at playgrounds than any other type of equipment.
If your child has been harmed by any of these pieces of equipment and you think they may be defective, get in touch for free legal advice. We’re specialists when it comes to playground accident claims and can answer any query you may have.
If your child has been injured in a public park or play area, the claim you launch will likely be made against the local council. This is because any local authority has a duty of care to make certain a play area is a safe place for children to play. It is, therefore, the council’s duty to ensure the play park area is inspected and maintained properly. If they have failed to do this, they have acted negligently, and you will have grounds for compensation as a consequence.
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 details of the accident 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.
If your child has been injured in a playground accident, you can claim on their behalf, and you can also claim for loss of earnings suffered. If you don’t claim, your child has three years from the date of his or her 18th birthday to claim themselves. Finally, if you have been injured due to an accident at a children’s playground, you can, of course, launch a claim for yourself.
This is something that can be factored into playground accident claims. If you have had to take time off work due to your child’s injury, and you have lost income as a consequence, you will be able to claim for this as special damages
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, as every case differs, we can give you an average amount of compensation for a playground accident. Take a look at the typical compensation payout amount for a number of different injuries below. If you cannot find the injury that applies to your case, simply give us a call.
Updated March 2021.
|Reason for compensation||Typical compensation amount||Comments|
|Very severe ankle injuries||£46,980 to £65,420||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||£29,380 to £46,980||Injuries where there is a lengthy period of being in a plaster or an extensive period of treatment.|
|Moderate ankle injuries||£12,900 to £24,950||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 £12,900||This refers to undisplaced, minor, or less serious fractures, ligamentous injuries, and sprains.|
|Severe chest injuries||£94,470 to £140,870||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||£11,820 to £16,860||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.|
|Severe dislocation of the thumb||Up to £6,360||-|
|Minor head or brain injury||Up to £11,980||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.|
|Mental anguish.||£4,380||Loss of sleep and challenges with day-to-day activities.|
|Less severe psychiatric damage||£1,440 to £5,500||Cases just falling short of developing specific phobias.|
|Less severe post-traumatic stress disorder||£3,710 to £7,680||Full recovery made within 1-2 years, with only minor symptoms persisting.|
No matter whether your child has been involved in a playground accident in a park, in a school, or anywhere else, you will benefit from our No Win No Fee service. All of our solicitors work on this basis.
Under a No Win No Fee agreement, you are only going to need to pay legal fees if your case is a success. This means that you are never going to find yourself in the dreaded position whereby you have a huge legal bill to pay yet you do not have a compensation payout, and so effectively you would be significantly out of pocket. This can happen with other legal firms, but it won’t be the case when you work with ours.
There are many knock-on advantages associated with the No Win No Fee payout. Not only does it offer your financial protection, but also it gives you the peace of mind that we only take on cases that have a genuine chance of success. If you were to opt for a solicitor that charged per hour, there is always the chance that they could simply take on your case in order to take your money. After all, they are not impacted by the outcome of the case. This is why it is always better to leave personal injury cases in the hands of a No Win No fee legal team.
There may be many legal companies and claims management companies to choose from, but you will struggle to find an actual personal injury law firm that offers a better service than we do.
We have a panel of personal injury solicitors with many years of experience in the industry, and we have handled a number of playground injury claims over the years, successfully securing compensation for personal injury victims that have been in need.
One of the benefits of choosing our service is the fact that we always put our clients first. You can be sure that our main priority is securing the maximum amount of compensation for you, and ensuring that the claim process is handled in the most efficient manner. We know that this is an extremely difficult period in your life, and the last thing we want to do is add to the stress you are experiencing.
If you want to make a playground accident compensation claim, all you need to do is give us a call on 0800 073 8804. You will speak to a friendly and professional member of our team, who will happily guide you through the playground accident claims process and answer any queries you may have. Although rare, we can also assist if there has been a playground accident death, ensuring you get the fatal playground accident compensation you deserve.
You’ve nearly reached the end of our guide to playground accident claims. In this final section we’ve included some extra resources, as well as answers to some frequently asked questions.
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If your child has been injured in a playground due to the local council being negligent contact us today to find out if you can claim compensation and get free legal advice.
If you’d like to find out more about the personal injury claims process, read our guide.
Playground Accident Claims FAQs
Why do accidents usually happen in the playground?
Accidents can happen in the playground if the equipment is misused or children are unsupervised. However, if they happen due to equipment not being maintained, installed or inspected correctly, you may be able to make a personal injury claim.
Which piece of playground equipment causes the most injuries?
Swings are most likely to cause fall injuries in the playground. (This doesn’t mean they’re the most dangerous: there are more of them and they’re frequently used.)
How can you avoid accidents in the playground?
Make sure your child is supervised in the playground and that they (or other children) aren’t misusing equipment. Before they use the equipment, check it for safety and make yourself aware of hazards.
Can you sue a school for negligence UK?
Providing that the school failed to uphold their duty of care beyond a reasonable standard, you could be entitled to make a claim against them. This could compensate for any injuries to your child, which you could claim on their behalf as a litigation friend.
Can I sue the council for emotional distress?
Again, providing that the council failed to uphold their duty of care beyond a reasonable standard, you could be entitled to make a claim against them. An example of this could be grossly failing to maintain public playground equipment according to their legal responsibility, creating a hazard.
How are personal injury settlements paid?
Personal injury compensation is split into two categories; general damages and special damages. Whereas general damages cover any physical or psychological injuries, special damages cover any financial losses that resulted from the accident in question.
How do you prove emotional pain and suffering?
Pain and suffering can be proven via a medical assessment with an independent expert. They’ll look at your physical and psychological injuries, as well as how your overall quality of life has been impacted. The resulting report can be used as evidence in your claim.
How much compensation do you get for a psychological injury?
There’s no way to accurately estimate this without undergoing a consultation. For a free assessment of your case, please get in touch today.
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