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