Burger King Settles Playground Injury for $20 Million
In 2005, the now severely injured boy and his sister were playing on the playground when the boy fell smashing his head on a tile surface. A negligence lawsuit was filed against Burger King and Delta Marketing, Inc., the installer of the playground. As a result of the injury, the boy suffers from traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI. The boy also suffers from severe injury to the parietal and left front lobes of his brain as well as lung injuries. The boy has had to be hospitalized numerous times including a two month admission to Children’s Hospital in San Diego. The boy still continues rehabilitation for his severe brain injury.
Parents should examine playgrounds closely before allowing their sons or daughters to play. Prior to releasing a child to play, parents should ask: Does the playground have some sort of cushioning underneath, such as a mat? Has the playground been well maintained? If the playground is outside, parents should consider the heat of the day. In the summer, an outdoor slide or swing that has set in the scorching sun can get so hot that it can give your child severe burns.