The vast majority of the playgrounds and school yards in New York are owned and operated by the city. Someone who suffers an injury at a city park must file a written notice of claim within 90 days of the accident. However, when children are involved, there are circumstances when the court will permit the notice of claim to be filed after 90 days.

The city or the housing authority is required by the law to make sure their playgrounds and parks are reasonably safe. Unfortunately, city and state agencies do not always effectively maintain their premises, leading to accidents that could have been prevented.

Our legal team has the resources to consult industry-leading experts invaluable in helping us prove fault against the city for premises liability accidents that could have been avoided with proper measures in place. Contact our lawyers at  1-800-842-8462 (1-800-Victim2) for a free consultation.

Anyone who operates a park or playground in New York is required to provide reasonably safe conditions. When amusement park accidents occur, park operators or ride manufacturers can be held liable. The city of New York can also be held accountable for failing to properly maintain equipment at city parks.


At Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP, we have decades of experience handling premises liability claims throughout New York City. We know how to prove fault and take on highly complicated claims, even when they are against the city of New York. If your child has recently suffered a school playground injury, been hurt in a school bus accident or been injured at a public park or school, you many have only 90 days to file a claim after the accident.


Accidents occur at school when teachers and other staff don’t take proper precautions when kids participate in a potentially dangerous activity, like woodwork or a science experiment. Children can also get hurt when they are allowed to do things that are not appropriate for their age or skill level.

Then there are the violent kids who take out their anger on other children, sometimes with dangerous weapons that should not have been permitted inside the school building. Our attorneys are not afraid to take on highly complex school injury claims.


In one recent case, a child was injured after falling on a playground slide. The court held that the city had a duty to provide a padded surface surrounding the playground equipment. In fact, the city’s own standards required padding on playground pavement. This established a reasonable safety standard with which the city was required to comply.

The court reasoned that when the city set a standard for padding on playgrounds, it sought to provide against a reasonably foreseeable danger. The child’s accident was a result of the breach of a duty by the city to provide a safe condition on the playground.

Other Causes of Playground Accidents:
  • Tripping hazards
  • Lack of Maintenance
  • Sharp objects such as broken glass on the playing surface
  • Sharp or jagged edges on playground equipment
  • Broken and outdated equipment
  • Collisions due to equipment installed too close to other equipment
  • Lack of signage (for age-appropriateness)
Common Injuries from Playground Accidents:
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Cut and lacerations requiring stitches/sutures
  • Concussions or other head injuries
  • Dislocations
  • Internal injuries


If your child was injured in a playground accident in New York City, call our lawyers at 1-800-Victim2 (842-8462).

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