£17,000 compensation for child seriously injured at a playground

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Playground Area Personal InjuryWe recently acted in a personal injury claim on behalf of a child who had injured himself at a playground. The claim was in respect of damages for injuries and consequential losses.

The child, aged 11, had gone to the local authority children's playground with some friends where some of the equipment was broken and in a state of disrepair. The damaged equipment was unguarded and wasn't cordoned off, so the child played on it and fell. He sustained a serious laceration to the leg which resulted in scarring that may need revision surgery when he is older.

The local authority accepted full responsibility and was ordered to pay compensation at an infant approval hearing in the sum of £17,000; £11,000 for the injuries and £6,000 for the cost of the future possible surgery.

Gary Tierney, a Partner at Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors, who took on this case said "The case goes to show that children's play areas can be dangerous if they are left without adequate maintenance or inspection and that broken equipment must be removed immediately so as to save accidents occurring."


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