Two Children Lose Fingers on Defective Slides—Is Your Playground Safe?
Have you ever wondered how safe the equipment is at your local park or school playground? We have all purchased products that have been recalled at one time or another, but when it comes to playgrounds, most parents feel that their children will be safe as long as an adult is watching out for them.
Many people also think that playground equipment at school and municipal parks is safe because they have strict standards when it comes to the safety of children. But this isn’t always the case, as many parks have either old and outdated equipment or equipment that has not been tested properly or even at all.
Just last month, two children lost fingers in traumatic amputations caused by a defect on a slide made by Playworld Systems. The company is now recalling 1,300 slides across the country that were sold to schools and municipalities over the last sixteen years. The side-welds on these stainless steel slides can separate and crack, allowing children’s fingers to get caught in the opening.
Consumer Products and Safety Testing
The government does not test most consumer products for safety before they hit the market. While some manufacturers or product makers may do their own pre-market quality testing, it may not be enough, and some companies may avoid it all together to keep costs low. Tragically, many safety hazards do not appear until consumers begin using products, which can result in serious harm and death.
The importance of product safety is crucial for makers of products and consumers alike. Recalls and lawsuits can cost companies millions of dollars, and when products cause accidents, consumers can be injured or killed, leaving their families devastated. So while Playworld Systems is offering free replacement slides and free installation, it’s too late for the children who lost fingers.
The Consumer Product Safety Act requires manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers to report injury incidents when a product causes injury. These companies are required to notify the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the government regulatory watchdog responsible for protecting the public from hazardous products.
Holding a Negligent Manufacturer Accountable
Anyone who has suffered an injury due to an unsafe or defective product may be eligible for financial compensation. When a product is defective and causes injury, the creator, manufacturer, or distributor may be held accountable, depending on where in the chain the fault lies.
Product liability law is complex, and proving fault is a complicated process that requires the experience and knowledge of a capable product liability lawyer. In order to receive a fair settlement, it is important to have someone on your side who understands the details of product liability, from filing a claim within the statute of limitations to determining whether your case falls under negligence, strict liability, or breach of warranty.
A New York City Defective Product Attorney Can Help You
After being injured by a dangerous product, consult with the NYC product liability lawyers from Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP. We will aggressively fight for you right to recover the maximum compensation possible for your claim. With dedication and compassion, we are here to help you get the settlement you need to get back on your feet.
Don’t let an insurance company or the legal system make a victim of you a second time. Instead, contact us at 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462). Your consultation is always free with no pressure or obligation—just answers and honest advice.