Kid’s Soft Play Centre Accident Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation For A Child Accident At A Soft Play Centre?
How Much Could You Claim If Your Child Is Injured At A Soft Play Centre
Has your child been injured in a soft play centre, because of an accident that was not their fault? If the accident was caused by negligence or mismanagement on the part of the soft play centre then you could make a kid’s soft play centre accident claim for compensation on behalf of your child. Trust Legal Expert to provide you with an excellent personal injury lawyer to handle your accident claim, and win you the compensation that your child is entitled to. Claiming compensation on behalf of an injured child, means that you could receive funds to help your child get the best medical treatment that they need, following their accident. You will also secure funds that your child could have access to, after their 18th birthday.
Legal Expert is a well respected personal injury firm. Our personal injury lawyers have up to three decades of experience handling personal injury compensation claims and will always push to win you the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to claim, so you’re bound to be in good hands. We offer a free personal injury claims consultation for anyone looking to claim compensation for an accident at children soft play area. Call us today and one of our informed advisors will be able to tell whether or not you have legitimate grounds to claim compensation. If you are, we will estimate how much you could be entitled to claim and one of our personal injury solicitors will start working on your soft play centre personal injury claim right away.
Call Legal Expert today on 0800 073 8804 to see if you are entitled to claim compensation. If you are entitled to claim, we’ll start working on your indoor play centre accident claim right away.
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- A Guide To Childrens Soft Play Centre Accident Claims
- What Is A Kids Soft Play Centre Accident?
- Soft Play Area Health And Safety
- Litigation Friends – Who Could Act On Behalf Of A Child?
- What Injuries Could Happen At A Soft Play Centre?
- Slips And Falls At A Children’s Soft Play Centre
- Injuries Caused By Broken Or Damaged Play Equipment
- How Serious Were Your Child’s Injuries?
- What Forms Of Compensation Could I Claim For A Child?
- Kids Soft Play Centre Personal Injury Claims Calculator
- My Child Was Injured At A Soft Play Centre, What Should I Do?
- No Win No Fee Childrens Soft Play Centre Accident Claims
- Why Claim Compensation With Legal Expert?
What is a soft play area? A soft play area or soft playground is an indoor children’s playground, made of soft materials. They are thought to be a safer environment for children to play and make friends than an outdoor playground, which is made of hard materials. Ofcourse, it’s normal for children to have minor accidents whilst playing, such as tripping over and scraping their knee or bumping their head lightly. Whilst these might be painful and upsetting for the child in the short term, these injuries usually heal by themselves quickly and are soon forgotten about. This is all part of growing up. However, if your child is seriously hurt because of a soft play accident that was caused by negligence in a soft playground then you could be entitled to make a kid’s soft play centre accident claim for compensation on behalf of your child. By seriously injured, we mean an injury that causes them to be affected for three or more days, or has a significant long term effect on them.
We have created this guide to making a kid’s soft play area accident claim, for parents or guardians who wish to claim compensation on behalf of their injured child. We will look at how litigation works when claiming on behalf of a minor, what sort of health and safety standards soft play centres are supposed to uphold and common ways in which children could become injured at a soft play centre. We have included a personal injury claims calculator to help you determine how much compensation your child could be entitled to, and advise on the benefits of making a no win no fee claim.
Children’s play is important for their development. Playgrounds provide children with the chance to exercise, blow off steam, use their imaginations and make friends. Traditionally play areas are outdoor spaces in parks, however, in the last few decades, indoor soft play centres have become popular. What is a soft play area? They are children’s play area which are indoors, enabling them to be made of soft materials. What is the advantage of taking children to a kid’s soft play centre? Firstly, they are made of soft materials, whilst outdoor play centres are made of hard materials, so they are thought to have less of an impact if a child falls or bumps into something. They also have the advantage of being indoors, meaning that they are not affected by the unpredictable British weather. Unlike a park, the only adults in an indoor soft play area are staff and paying patrons, meaning that whilst parents still need to be vigilant, stranger danger is less of a worry.
Soft play areas have to abide by specific health and safety standards in order to operate. Like any other business in the UK, soft play areas have a duty of care towards the children that play on their site. If a child becomes injured or ill, because of negligence on the part of the soft play area, then their parents or guardians could be entitled to claim compensation on their behalf. If your child has been injured because of a soft play accident that was not their fault, call Legal Expert today to see if you have grounds to claim compensation for them. If you have grounds to claim, one of our excellent personal injury solicitors will start working on your personal injury claim against a soft play centre right away.
Children’s soft play areas have to abide by health and safety standards. According to ROSPA (Royal Society For The Prevention Of Accidents), the following indoor play area requirements are important for keeping soft play areas a safe and fun environment. Indoor play area requirements include conducting regular risk assessments to identify and minimise any health and safety hazards such as broken equipment or trip hazards, annual inspections, proper cleaning procedures being in place including routine cleaning and responses to incidents such as spillages, or a guest vomiting on the equipment. Soft play area health and safety also requires venues to have proper emergency exits and equipment such as fire extinguishers. If a venue fails to take any of these soft play area precautions this could be defined as negligence. If the negligent action, or inaction causes an accident in which a child becomes injured, the soft play area may be held liable for their injuries and have to pay the child’s parent or guardian compensation, on the child’s behalf.
Of course, a modicum of common sense has to be applied here. Children are by their nature, less physically developed than adults and have poorer judgement skills, therefore, minor accidents are inevitable. Also, small mistakes could help children learn how to assess risks for themselves, helping them avoid larger mistakes in the future. Both ROSPA and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommend a balanced approach to risk management in children’s play areas. What is meant by a balanced approach to risk management? A balanced approach to risk management means that adults expect that minor accidents during play are part of growing up, and a child’s development. However, it is not acceptable for children to become harmed or injured in a soft play area because of a neglectful health and safety hazard. Why is a balanced approach to risk management important? A balanced approach to risk management enables soft play venues to take steps to protect children using their venues, without having to worry that they will be held accountable for an unfortunate incident, which happened because of the child’s lack of agility or judgement.
If you are the parent or guardian of a child injured at a soft play centre, then you could claim compensation on your child’s behalf. Children are not able to make their own decisions in a court case. A litigation friend is an adult over the age of 18 who will make decisions on behalf of the child. Many personal injury claims are settled out of court, and this is the preferred option. However, if your claim goes to court, you may act as a litigation friend on behalf of your child.
If your personal injury claim is successful, your child will receive their compensation after their 18th birthday. If you are awarded special damages to help cover any expenses you have experienced because of your injuries, such as medical expenses, or to cover the cost of any immediate needs your child has, these will be paid out as needed.
If your child was injured at a soft play centre because of negligence on the part of the centre, call Legal Expert today to see if you could be entitled to claim compensation on their behalf.
We will now look at some of the ways children could become injured in a soft play accident. If your child was injured in a soft play accident that is not listed below, you could still claim compensation if the accident was serious enough.
Here are some injuries that could happen at a soft play centre
- Cuts, or lacerations
- Soft tissue injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Friction burns
- Food poisoning
Call Legal Expert today, to enquire about making a soft play centre personal injury claim. If you are entitled to claim, one of our top personal injury lawyers will start working on your claim right away.
If your child was injured because of a slip or fall accident, which was caused by negligence on the part of the venue, then you could be entitled to claim compensation for their injuries. Causes of falls at a play centre could include a piece of play equipment being loose, a piece of flooring sticking up, protruding obstacles causing a trip hazard, such as a loose nail sticking out of a floorboard, or a spillage on the floor.
Call Legal Expert today, to see if you could claim compensation for your child’s slip, trip or fall injury.
Poorly maintained, broken or damaged equipment could be a cause of injury to children using a playground. This could include:
- Missing footholds or hand grips, on high equipment
- Exposed metal, wood or nails
- Damaged soft flooring (either causing a trip hazard, or no longer being soft when a child falls)
- Loose handles or seating on play equipment
- Exposed sharp edges on damaged play equipment
If your child was injured because of damaged, faulty or poorly maintained soft play equipment, then you could be entitled to claim compensation for their injuries on their behalf. Call Legal Expert today, and if you are entitled to make a kid’s soft play centre accident claim, one of our excellent personal injury solicitors will be assigned to your case and start working on it right away.
Of course, it’s a horrible experience for any parent to see their child badly injured. Of course, if your child was injured your first priority would have been to take them to a doctor or hospital, to get the correct medical treatment. As well as this being the right thing to do to ensure your child gets the care that they need, it is also mean that you will receive a medical report. This will define how serious their injuries are, how long it is likely to take for your child to recover from their injuries and what medical care they will need to do so. If the injuries are likely to have a permanent or life-changing affect, then the medical report will also define this as well.
Your child’s medical report will be used by your solicitor to determine how much compensation you could be entitled to receive. If you do not have a medical report, Legal Expert will arrange a medical assessment at a time and place that is convenient to you.
If you successfully win your claim for an indoor play centre accident, your child will be awarded general damages and special damages as part of their compensation packages. General damages are the primary part of a compensation claim and will compensate your child for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity they have experienced as a result of their accident. Typically, your child will not be able to access these funds until they are over the age of 18.
You will also be able to receive special damages, these are funds that compensate you for any expenses you have experienced as a result of your child’s accident or are likely to receive in the future.
Below are some examples of the expenses you could claim for your child’s accident at a children’s soft play area:
- Medical expenses
- Transportation expenses
- At home care expenses
- Home adaptation or mobility equipment expenses
We have included this personal injury claims calculator to help you quickly estimate how much you could claim in personal damages. Alternatively, call legal Expert today, and one of our well-informed advisors will be able to accurately estimate how much your personal injury claim against a soft play centre could be worth.
|Injury type||How severe||Awards||Injury notes|
|Head injury or brain damage||Minor to very severe (brain damage)||£1,940 - £354,260||Including a very wide and diverse range of head injuries or brain injuries.|
|Loss of sight||One eye||£43,200 to £48,080||Among symptoms and effects, the victim will have lost all sight in one eye.|
|Eye injuries||Minor||£3,460 to £7,650||Minor eye injuries, could be caused by something being struck in the eye.|
|Transient Eye Injuries||Transient||£1,930 to £3,460||The claimant (child) will fully recover in a very short period of time.|
|Lower arm fracture||Simple/ single level||£5,810 to £16,830||Fractures affecting the bones of the forearm.|
|Arm injuries||Less severe||£13,720 to £28,060||Impaired function but neither a disability or need for surgery.|
|Wrist injury||Uncomplicated Colles' fracture||In the region of £6,510||Uncomplicated Colles' fracture|
|Hand injury||Moderate||£5,110 to £11,640||Penetrating wounds, crush injuries or those caused by other means.|
|Leg injury||Moderate||£24,340 to £34,370||Moderate leg injury which the leg or the joints of the leg.|
|Knee injury||Moderate||£13,010 to £22,960||Moderate injuries to the knee joint.|
If your child was injured in an accident at a children’s soft play area that was caused by negligence on the part of the venue, then you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim against a soft play centre. To start your claim, call Legal Expert today, for your free personal injury compensation claims consultation.
At Legal Expert, we give all of our clients the option to make a no win no fee claim. This means that you will not have to pay an upfront fee. Instead, you will only have to pay your fee, if you win your compensation claim, so there’s no financial risk involved. In the unlikely instance that you do not win your claim, you will not have to pay us a penny. Of course, we only take on claims that we know we could win. But for many clients, making a no win no fee claim, provides extra peace of mind. To learn more about making a no win no fee claim, call Legal Expert today, or read our online guide now.
If you need to make a kid’s soft play centre accident claim, trust Legal Expert to provide you with the help that you need. Our lawyers have up to three decades of experience handling personal injury claims and will always fight to win you the maximum amount of compensation you and your child are owed, so you are bound to be in good hands. Call us today for your free consultation, and if you are entitled to claim, one of our expert personal injury solicitors will be assigned to your case right away. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
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