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    Re: NYC Sues Family Of Girl Burned On Playground Mat

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    It's not the city's, "fault". It was an accident. I doubt that anyone working for the city put that mat on the ground, knowing that someone could hurt.
    That's something we'll never know unless there's a trial, which is a pretty good reason to have one.

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    Re: NYC Sues Family Of Girl Burned On Playground Mat

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    In order for the city to be held liable it must be demonstrated through an objective standard that a reasonable person should have forseen such a possibility. That doesn't seem very likely.
    What about the makers of the mat material or the playground contractors?

    I get that these mats are supposed to be a soft but durable padding, but to become heated to the temperature describe in the article seem like they may be unsafe.

    Our kids are always kicking off their sandals at the park. It's reasonable to foresee that a barefoot child may happen onto a playground before an adult could test the temperature of the 'safety' mats. I mean, I would not even think to test the temperature of modern playground equipment and safety flooring.

    If this is happening a lot and there is a paper trail of complaints and injury reports then there's a problem. The article doesn't go into a lot of detail, so I don't know.

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    Re: NYC Sues Family Of Girl Burned On Playground Mat

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    In order for the city to be held liable it must be demonstrated through an objective standard that a reasonable person should have forseen such a possibility. That doesn't seem very likely.
    Any property owner would be held accountable, if this were a private park somehow, the company in charge would be getting sued and rightfully so. If you demonstrate that you did standard testing of the material and found nothing wrong, then you'd have a point. But you just don't throw some **** on the ground and call it good. You're making a playground surface, flesh will come in contact with it. You should do heating and cooling tests in the least to figure out how well the material contracts/expands for upkeep reasons and how well it holds on to heat energy or radiates it away. Because it's going to be outside and its black, you have to make sure it won't get to dangerous levels. That's common sense, and I have a feeling that had these tests been done they would have found that the heat capacity of the material is too poor and that it can't properly radiate away the heat energy in summer sun to avoid dangerous temperatures.
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    Re: NYC Sues Family Of Girl Burned On Playground Mat

    So let's see....the Great and Wonderful City of New York, Liberal Mecca and Failed Laboratory Experiment, is suing the family of a little girl injured in a Great and Wonderful City of New York, Liberal Mecca and Failed Laboratory Experiment, playground who feet were burned when she stepped on a black mat (note: The Great and Liberal Grammar Checker did not request "African American" as an appropriate alternative to the word "black", something's wrong with my computer) the Great and Wonderful City of New York, Liberal Mecca and Failed Laboratory Experiment itself placed in that playground to either protect children in that playground or provide business to the cousin of a city alderman who provides rubber mats.

    Regardless of whether or not the victim's family "saw dollar signs", they have a case, and the Great and Wonderful City of New York, Liberal Mecca and Failed Laboratory Experiment, is apparently choosing to play "Who's Got the Deeper Pockets" Game instead of settling the lawsuit.

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    Re: NYC Sues Family Of Girl Burned On Playground Mat

    So what idiot of a parent would let their child take off their shoes at a rubber park on a hot ass day and assume that she wont get burned. What ever happened to common sense in this country?
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    Re: NYC Sues Family Of Girl Burned On Playground Mat

    Quote Originally Posted by FreeTh!nk3r View Post
    So what idiot of a parent would let their child take off their shoes at a rubber park on a hot ass day and assume that she wont get burned. What ever happened to common sense in this country?
    You would have a point if they were getting onto a hot frying pan and not a playground surface.
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    Re: NYC Sues Family Of Girl Burned On Playground Mat

    If they wanted to protect other children, they should have sued the city to REMOVE all the mats. Thus, it would cost the city money, the children would be protected, the city would have nothing to counter sue with,and the parent's motives wouldn't have been in question.

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    Re: NYC Sues Family Of Girl Burned On Playground Mat

    Quote Originally Posted by FreeTh!nk3r View Post
    So what idiot of a parent would let their child take off their shoes at a rubber park on a hot ass day and assume that she wont get burned. What ever happened to common sense in this country?
    Common sense is that small children should be able to run around barefoot in the park.

    That's what every parent knows.

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    Re: NYC Sues Family Of Girl Burned On Playground Mat

    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealOneThunder View Post
    If they wanted to protect other children, they should have sued the city to REMOVE all the mats. Thus, it would cost the city money, the children would be protected, the city would have nothing to counter sue with,and the parent's motives wouldn't have been in question.
    Parent's motives aren't relevant.

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    Re: NYC Sues Family Of Girl Burned On Playground Mat

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Parent's motives aren't relevant.
    Really? Even though they are the plaintiffs?

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