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Playgrounds and gym equipment are subjected to large dynamic forces and must be designed to support these loads and protect users from unintentional hazards; if playgrounds equipment is not adequate to handle these loads, injuries could result. Falls from equipment or due to surface imperfections are also a common source of injury. Adequate instructions and warnings may be required if the assembly and proper use of toys or equipment are not obvious. There are also issues associated with safety, adequate supervision and maintenance of gyms and playgrounds to assure that they are used properly and do not become dangerous due to either misuse or normal wear and tear. Issues associated with playground accidents require an understanding of biomechanics, human factors, safety, dynamics and structural engineering.

Our engineers have been assisting attorneys and insurance representatives in investigating accidents since 1990. We have a highly qualified staff of engineers with advanced degrees from top-tier universities who have provided testimony on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants at trial

Previous Cases

Public Playground Accident

A 5-year old girl was swinging from the monkey bars at a town park when she lost her grip and fell, severely injuring her pelvis. We inspected the play equipment and researched playground accident statistics throughout the US. This led us to determine that the subject equipment contained a number of accident related safety violations such as: an inadequate equipment “use zone”, dangerous protrusions and no slip- resistant rungs. Our report convinced the park authorities to rapidly settle this matter.

Basketball Court Accident

A basketball game was being played on a court that had walls that were only 2 feet away from the boundaries underneath the baskets. To reduce the possibility of injury, 2” thick, bright colored pads were provided on these walls. An unguarded player who had the ball charged the basket, jumped, and impacted the wall. We argued that the player’s injury resulted from his intentionally jumping into the highly visible wall, which had state-of-the-art protection mats, resulting in a reduced settlement.