Q: My daughter was seriously hurt on our neighbor’s swing set. What should I do?
A: Without knowing the exact circumstances and the nature of the injuries, that’s difficult to answer. Sometimes accidents happen and people get hurt, but no one is really to blame. However, if the swing set was defective in its design or if it was assembled improperly, you may have a claim against the manufacturer or installer. The most important thing, however, is to have your daughter evaluated by her pediatrician. Once you know the extent of her injuries and understand how the accident happened, you’ll be in a better position to determine if you want to make a claim. Also, take a photograph of the equipment and contact any witness, as that would be very helpful. Then, if you decide you want to proceed, an attorney can help guide you through the legal process and protect your interests.