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Kudos for Keeping Local Playground Safe

At a deposition earlier this spring, during a break in the action, I was chatting with the two defense attorneys about how this profession really colors the way we’re raising our kids. The one defense attorney remarked, “yeah, I look at play ground equipment and think, ‘that’s dangerous,’ ‘I don’t like that,’ and ‘products liability.'”

The reality of life in personal injury law.

It’s true.  There are so many hazards out there, and kids seem to be the ones that find them. It’s a shame when playgrounds pose particular hazards. My kids and I spend a lot of time at playgrounds. There are a lot of fun playgrounds in this town, and we enjoy exploring them. However, I often find play equipment in obvious disrepair, posing a hazard to any child that comes across it.

Such was the case at Russell School. One of their big slides looks like a dinosaur. A huge t-rex. This slide is THE major attraction to this particular playground to kids. Heck, I think it’s pretty cool myself! Unfortunately, though, this t-rex slide’s staircase was composed of: tires, treks-decking, rotted plywood and protruding nails. Not only were the stairs at strange angles and heights, but the rotting, protruding nature of things was a particularly worrisome concern.
Thank you, Russell School, for taking care of your equipment so that our kids can be safe!

Just last week, though, we went back to Russell School to play and I was happy to find that the stairs to this slide had been completely replaced! I might be an injury lawyer, but I hate to see accidents happen, particularly to children. Thank you, Russell School, for taking care of your equipment so that our kids can be safe!

About the Author

Rebecca RutzRebecca “Becky” Henning-Rutz graduated from the University of Montana with her law degree in 2006 and has been working in Kalispell ever since. Becky has been working as an associate for Henning, Keedy & Lee since 2007.View all posts by Rebecca Rutz →

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