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Mcdonalds, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Jack In the Box, they all have them. It is almost impossible to find a fast food restaurant without a soft contained playground for your kids to enjoy while you settle in for a bite to eat. Playground injuries are nothing new to these establishments, and they are often viewed as a cost of doing business. Even my own kids can spot a McDonalds playground from the car as if they had laser vision and a compass.
Most establishments have followed ASTM standards along with the Consumer Product Safety Commission's recommendations. However, many fail to properly maintain or remedy known dangerous conditions. Recently, I have taken a case against a major franchise where a child fell from a playground structure. In this case, a hard tile floor was within inches of the playground surface. Moreover, the structure did not contain no-climb netting to prevent children from climbing. As a result, the child climbed the structure and fell onto the tile floor, shattering his arm.
Premises liability cases like these are all too common. Burger King recently settled a similar claim for 20 Million. Defendants universally argue that the parent was responsible for watching the child, often referred to as negligent supervision. Undoubtedly, a child injuries lawyer in Dallas can help families that have had this unfortunate accident occur to one of their children overcome the typical defense tactics used by these establishments. If you feel that your child has been injured at a soft contained playground or jungle gym, please contact my office for an evaluation of what you and your child might be entitled to.