Girl Wins $170K in “Too Steep” Slide Lawsuit

If you were born before 1993 you know that recess was not only the best part of the day, but probably the most dangerous. If you can’t show a scar from getting the skin on your fingers stuck in the swing chains or falling off of the monkey bars did you even partake?

Playgrounds were not safe, but for perfectly understandable reasons — like remember when there were pieces of rusty metal sticking out and the fix was to either avoid it or wear better shoes? How about when the person jumped off the teeter totter when you were in the air and either you caught yourself or your butt hurt for the rest of the day? Ah, memories.

If you didn’t shed blood at least once you were probably a lame kid that sat in the grass or walked around measuring the angle of the slides… ahem. Playgrounds are ever evolving due to kids getting hurt and things being unsafe and one kid cashed in.

Get this: the slide was “too steep.” We’re not talking some water slide that is outrageously tall and at a completely terrifying angle, we’re talking a slide on a playground. A New Jersey kindergartner went down a slide that at Griebling School in Howell Township, New Jersey back in October 2014.

Apparently, the slide was “too steep” and the girl got hurt — and then she won 170K. As it turns out the slide was five degrees steeper than federal rules permit. This slide was 35.2 degrees instead of the permitted 30 degrees. Federal rules about slide angles do exist and they were likely created by people who hate fun.

The family of the child along with her lawyers are standing by their claim that the young girl suffered significant scarring on her arm from the slide. Reports say this is likely an isolated claim.

It’s one thing to be compensated for injuries and considering the safety of children. Totally understandable. Who knew there was something to gain from getting injured on the playground aside from the grit we acquired.


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