Pittsburgh, PA Playground Injury Attorney

Every child should be able to enjoy their time on the playground without fear of harm. Unfortunately, negligence, defective equipment, and inadequate equipment can lead to serious injuries or even tragic accidents.

If you or your child have been injured in a playground accident, Ainsman Levine, LLC is here to help. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys will provide personalized attention and support every step of the way. We are dedicated to fighting for your rights and seeking the compensation you deserve.

Who is Liable for Playground Injuries and Accidents in Pennsylvania?

Generally, there are three types of playground accident claims.

Product Liability Playground Claim

In a product liability claim, the focus is on holding the manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of defective playground equipment accountable for any injuries sustained. A product liability claim is appropriate if a specific product is deemed defective or unreasonably dangerous, leading to harm or injury.

The following are some of the key elements involved in a product liability playground claim:

  1. Defective Product: It must be established that the playground equipment or a component of it was defective in some way. These include design defects, manufacturing defects, and/or marketing defects.
  2. Causation: It must be demonstrated that the defect directly caused the playground injury.
  3. Duty of Care: The responsible party, such as the manufacturer or distributor, owed a duty of care to ensure the product’s safety. This includes conducting thorough testing and quality control measures to prevent defects and hazards.
  4. Damages: The plaintiff must show that they have suffered physical, emotional, or other damages as a result of the playground injury caused by the defective product.
  5. Foreseeability: It needs to be proven that the potential risks associated with the defective playground equipment were reasonably foreseeable by the manufacturer or distributor.

Premises Liability Playground Claim

In a premises liability playground claim, the focus is on holding the owner or operator of the premises responsible for any injuries sustained on the playground due to their negligence. Premises liability laws dictate that property owners have a duty to maintain safe conditions and warn visitors about any known hazards.

Key elements of a premises liability playground claim include:

  1. Duty of Care: The property owner or operator had a legal duty to provide a safe environment for visitors, including maintaining the playground equipment, inspecting it regularly for potential hazards, and addressing any issues promptly.
  2. Breach of Duty: It must be demonstrated that the property owner or operator failed to meet their duty of care by either creating hazardous conditions, failing to repair or remove known hazards, or neglecting to provide adequate warnings about potential dangers.
  3. Notice: It needs to be established that the property owner or operator either had actual knowledge of the hazardous condition or should have reasonably known about it through regular inspections or reports from others.
  4. Causation: It must be shown that the hazardous condition directly caused the playground injury.
  5. Damages: The plaintiff must provide evidence of physical, emotional, or other damages resulting from the playground injury caused by the property owner or operator’s negligence.

Negligent Supervision Playground Claim

In a negligent supervision playground claim, the focus is on holding individuals or entities responsible for failing to adequately supervise children on the playground, leading to injuries. These individuals may include teachers or other school staff who breached their duty of care by either failing to properly supervise your child, leaving them unsupervised for an unreasonable amount of time, or failing to intervene or address dangerous behaviors or situations.

It is crucial to consult with a personal injury attorney who can help you identify the liable parties, evaluate the strength of your claim, gather evidence, and guide you through the legal process.  We are committed to helping your family obtain fair compensation for the injuries and losses suffered by your child.

What Should I Do if My Child Has Been Injured in a Playground Accident?

If your child has been injured in a playground accident, there are several important steps you should take to ensure their well-being and protect their legal rights.

Seek Immediate Medical Attention

The health and safety of your child should be your top priority. If the injury is severe or life-threatening, call emergency services right away. Even if the injury appears minor, it is still important to have a medical professional evaluate your child to identify and treat any hidden or underlying injuries.

Document the Incident

Take photos and/or videos of the playground, equipment involved, and any hazardous conditions that contributed to the accident. Make note of any witnesses present at the scene and gather their contact information. These details will be valuable when building a case later on.

Report the Incident

Notify the appropriate authority or entity responsible for the playground, such as the school, park administration, daycare, or property owner/operator.

Preserve Evidence

Keep records of any relevant documents, such as medical reports, bills, receipts, and correspondence related to the incident and your child’s injuries. This information will support your claim later on.

Consult a Personal Injury Attorney

Reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible following the accident. They will evaluate your case, provide guidance on your legal options, and help you navigate the claims process. Insurance companies may try to minimize your claim, so it is critical to get a second opinion from your personal injury lawyer to ensure your child receives fair compensation.

Remember — every case is unique, and the steps you should take may vary based on your specific circumstances. Give Ainsman Levine, LLC a call today for personalized advice tailored to your situation.

Personalized Care and Attention to Detail Is Central to Our Approach

We recognize that each playground injury case is unique, and we take the time to understand our clients’ specific circumstances. We believe that by building strong relationships with our clients and their families, we can develop a comprehensive legal strategy tailored to our clients’ individual needs.

Our team works tirelessly to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions. We will aggressively pursue a favorable outcome on your behalf. We are skilled negotiators and formidable litigators, prepared to go to trial if necessary to achieve the best possible results.

Contact an Experienced Pennsylvania Playground Accident Attorney Today

If you or your child has suffered a playground injury, don’t hesitate to contact the personal injury attorneys at Ainsman Levine, LLC. Our team will fight for your rights and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact us online or call us at 412-338-9030 for a free consultation with a member of our team. Together, we can work towards creating safer playgrounds for all.