When your child gets injured on playground equipment at the park, day care, school, or a fast food restaurant, you are probably overwhelmed just trying to deal with your son or daughter’s injury. If your child is seriously injured, you will need to take off work or get someone to stay home with your child. When you are trying to deal with the emotional, financial, and social effects of this injury, you should to turn to a skilled Sarasota child injury lawyer. You need help dealing with the legal aspects of your case in order to get the proper compensation.
The immediate steps you take following your child’s playground injury will determine how much compensation your son or daughter will receive for his or her injuries. In order to not make critical mistakes that can cost your child and your family money, follow these steps:
- Seek medical care – If a child is complaining about being sore, stiff, or hurting in any way, make sure you take your son or daughter to the emergency room. Seeking prompt medical treatment is best for a child’s health and a potential Florida personal injury claim.
- Take pictures of the playground equipment – An unsafe environment exists if the proper safety elements are not in place. Examples include insufficient or absent safety ground cover under the playground equipment, defects with the monkey bars, swings, slide, or other playground equipment, or lack of maintenance of the playground equipment, leading to injury. When cities, schools, or restaurants know that an accident-related injury occurred, they may try to fix the hazard promptly. By taking pictures of the playground as soon as possible, you will preserve the evidence.
- Don’t sign any forms – If the school, restaurant, or insurance company for the liable party attempts to pay for your child’s medical bills and asks you to sign paperwork in return, do not do it. Your child more than likely deserves additional compensation—more than what they are offering your family.
When you take the appropriate steps, your child may be entitled to compensation for the following:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Disfigurement and disability
- Physical impairment
- Psychological care
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earning capacity
You may also be entitled to receive compensation as parents for loss of household services and loss of consortium, along with other damages. To find out how you and your family can pursue justice and obtain fair compensation for your child’s Florida playground injury, call a knowledgeable Sarasota child injury attorney today. The Mallard Law Firm will make sure you are compensated fairly. To learn more about your family’s rights, call us at 888-409-3805 for a free consultation.