Being informed that your child suffered a serious injury is a nightmare for every parents, especially when the injury is serious and debilitating. Unfortunately, child injuries are a common occurrence. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that in one year alone more than 600,000 children suffered serious injuries while using playground equipment. Was this an anomaly? Unfortunately, no. In fact, more than 200,000 children who are 14 years of age and younger require emergency medical treatment after suffering an injury in a preventable accident and 70 percent of those accidents occurred while at a playground.
If your child was injured in an accident at a playground, there are some important steps you can take to improve the likelihood of success in any law suit possible against the playground owner or equipment manufacturer.
There is no doubt that the health and long-term well-being of your child is paramount. That is why it is critically important to take your child to the hospital right away after the accident. Depending on the severity of the accident, you should consider calling an ambulance. Make sure to retain copies of any medical bills and diagnostic records you receive after the accident concerning your child’s injuries and treatment plan.
If your child was injured using a piece of playground equipment, you should take a photographs of the playground and of the piece of equipment that caused the accident . This will help in assessing whether or not the equipment was defective and should have been addressed prior to your child’s injury. If there were other people at the playground who saw the accident, try to get their names and cell phone numbers. This information is important because these individuals could be called as witnesses.
Taking swift legal action is extremely important if your child was seriously harmed while on a playground. In many instances, playgrounds are owned by the City, the school, or other government entry. If that is the case, New York law requires that a notice of your personal injury claim be filed within 90 days of the accident. If notice is not provided within this strict time frame, it can jeopardize the viability of your case.
If your child was badly injured in a playground accident, you need a personal injury law firm that is aggressive in its efforts to build a compelling injury claim that will persuade an insurance company government entry or private owner to offer a fair settlement and will persuade a jury to award you damages. The personal injury lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte are here to help. We provide exceptional service and counsel. Contact our office today to schedule a free, confidential case review. We proudly serve the New York Metro Areas, including: Manhattan, Brooklyn New York, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island, and the NYC metro area and beyond.
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