When you take your child to a play area to have some fun and get rid of energy, you have the expectation that the play area will be safe for your child. In places like fast food restaurants that have play areas, your expectations are probably more than at a play area that isn’t frequently monitored, such as a little-used park. A recent lawsuit filed in the Cook County Circuit Court shows that even areas marketed as being for children might not be safe for the children to use.
The lawsuit has to do with a McDonald’s play area in Tinley Park. A father filed the lawsuit in response to an incident that happened on Oct. 7, 2011. It alleges that McDonald’s Restaurants of Illinois was negligent on that day because his son hit a door that was propped open as he was going down a slide. His son was injured.
The injured boy’s father is seeking more than $50,000 in damages related to the injury his son received that day. He is also asking for the defendant to pay his court costs.
There is no excuse for a child to be injured while playing at a play area marketed as a place for children to have fun, especially when the child is injured because of the negligent actions of someone. Anyone who has a child who was injured because of dangerous property conditions in a play area or similar area might have the right to do as this father did and seek compensation for the injuries the child received.
Source: The Cook County Record, “McDonald’s hit with lawsuit over boy’s alleged injury in play area” Ben Hart, May. 14, 2014