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Who is responsible for playground accidents?

On Behalf of | Feb 11, 2021 | Premises Liability

Playgrounds can be a fun place to take your kids, but when someone has an accident and suffers an injury, it can make a good day go bad fast.

When an injury happens at a playground, you may wonder where the liability lies. According to U.S. News and World Report, there are a few potential options when it comes to liability for injuries.


The company or person who built the playground may hold responsibility for the injury. This might be the case if the injury happened due to something with the construction of the equipment. For example, if a swing your child was on came apart because the builder did not put it together correctly.

Equipment manufacturer

The manufacturer of the equipment may be liable if there is a problem with the equipment. For example, if there is a defect in a piece of equipment, then this is a manufacturing problem.

Property owner

If your child’s injury was something related to upkeep or maintenance of the playground or equipment, then the owner of the property would hold the liability.

Do note that if your child is playing at a public park, the liability lies with the government entity that owns it, and holding a government entity responsible is a complex process. You usually must go through a process set up by the entity before you can think about a lawsuit.


If the injury occurred because your child lacked proper supervision and he or she was under the care of a nanny or another caregiver, then that person may be liable.