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Unattended kids can cause major premises liability issues

Playing outside is an important part of many people's childhoods, but injuries from avoidable playground accidents are not fun for anyone. Luckily, there are things that homeowners in Florida can do to prepare their spaces to be safe for young residents and visitors. Those who do not take proper precautions may find themselves facing a premises liability lawsuit should an accident occur.

It is important to always monitor children as they play, especially if they are using higher-risk toys and equipment. Climbing equipment, riding toys and swimming pools can be particularly dangerous for children. Supervisors should ensure that playgrounds that children in their custody pay on have a soft place to land, such as wood chips, and do not have equipment with is broken, sharp or can trap a child's body part.

Adult items in the backyard can also pose a danger, particularly to unmonitored children. For example, a child who plays with a barbecue while a parent is not looking may end up with a serious burn. Drowning in swimming pools is also a risk, so supervisors should be sure to stay alert when enjoying backyard Florida parties with their children.

Remember, just because something occurred accidentally does not mean that it is not a premises liability issue. Negligence and failure to take proper precautions to protect a child's safety can leave someone financially responsible for the results of an injury. Those who are facing a premises liability issue in the state of Florida should work with a lawyer to understand their legal options. 

Source: theglobaldispatch.com, "Hidden Summer Dangers That Create A Personal Injury Case", April 28, 2018

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