Young John Doe v. Playground

We currently represent a young boy who suffered a serious closed head injury (a hard blow to the head from striking an object, but the object did not break the skull) when his head struck a concrete curb that ran down the middle of the playground.

Instead of designing an appropriate playground space, the defendant constructed the playground over a pre-existing parking lot including a dangerous concrete curb. The placement of this unreasonably dangerous tripping hazard in the middle of the playground violates several building codes and playground safety guidelines.

As a result of striking his head, the young boy suffered a subdural hematoma (a collection of blood on the surface of the brain and depending on severity can be life threatening) for which he spent several days in the ICU at the Delray Trauma Center. Neuropsych testing (testing that examines a child’s mental abilities – cognitive functioning, considering abilities such as intelligence, language, visual-motor skills, memory, attention and organizational skills) suggests a decline in functioning in his verbal abilities, and he continues to exhibit symptoms of a closed head injury, including an inability to stay focused.

Our client continues to seek treatment and his long-term prognosis is unknown. This case is still pending.

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