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Defective Florida Playground Equipment

playgroundEach day, children across Florida spend time at public and private playgrounds. Playgrounds are places where children go to make new friends and enjoy themselves, but they can also be dangerous places. If you or a loved one suffered an injury from defective playground equipment, our seasoned Miami product liability attorneys can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we can examine the circumstances of your injury and determine what happened. You can trust that we will work efficiently on your behalf to help you pursue the compensation you deserve in your case.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 200,000 children under the age of 14 are taken to emergency rooms for injuries that take place on playgrounds. In fact, approximately 75 percent of all non-fatal playground-related injuries occur on public playgrounds, mainly daycare centers and schools. Almost half of all playground-related injuries are serious injuries, such as concussions, fractures, internal injuries, dislocations, and even injuries that necessitate amputations.

If you have been injured by faulty playground equipment, you and your family deserve to be compensated for the harm. Of course, not every playground accident is actionable, since physical activity can inherently put a child at some risk of an accident. However, if your injury was caused by defective playground equipment, you may be able to sue the manufacturer through a product liability claim. Some examples of playground equipment defects include but are not limited to:

  • Entrapment hazards;
  • Protruding parts that can injure a child;
  • Uneven surfaces or lack of padding beneath equipment;
  • Ladder defects;
  • Entrapment hazards;
  • A defective chain link on a swing; or
  • A defective S hook on a swing.

Product liability refers to a manufacturer or seller being held liable for placing a defective product into the stream of commerce. Product liability claims can be categorized in the following ways:  manufacturing defects, design defects, and failures to warn. A manufacturing defect takes place when an error is made in the assembly or manufacturing of a product; a design defect takes place when there is a fundamental flaw in a device’s design, which makes it inherently dangerous to users; and a failure to warn claim is appropriate when a manufacturer does not give consumers sufficient information about its product’s use, and an injury occurs.

We seek the maximum amount of compensation for our clients, often including present and future medical expenses, disability, lost income, pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs, disfigurement, and any other losses related to the accident. The exact amount of compensation you will be able to recover will vary depending on the specific nature and extent of the injury.

Playground equipment is supposed to provide entertainment and fun for your children, but not injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured by defective playground equipment, it is important to reach out to a skilled Miami product liability attorney. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we can investigate the facts of your claim and determine the viability of your case. To discuss your case in more detail, do not hesitate to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online today.

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