A Chicago area family announced Monday they have filed a lawsuit against a major playground equipment manufacturer after they said their pre-teen daughter was injured last summer.
Linda and Mark Jacobs said their daughter, Bridy Jacobs, fell off a slide called the Evos Slalom Glider in Sauganash Park on June 10, 2011. Bridy Jacobs broke her arm, they said.
The Jacobs family filed the suit against Landscape Structures, Inc., based in Delano, Minn., in Cook County Circuit Court. The lawsuit claims the $2,300, six-foot-high slide lacked a transition platform on the top and sides of the chute, causing children to fall off easily.
The slide was sold to schools and other playground facilities nationwide between January 2006 and December 2011, the family's attorney, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, said. The slide has since been recalled by the U.S. Product Safety Commission.
Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, also represents a second local family whose daughter was injured from a fall from the same type of slide.
Ava Luzzi, daughter of Megan and Michael Luzzi, suffered a broken femur on April 9, 2011, after falling off the slide in York Commons Park in Elmhurst, the family's attorneys said.
“These unfortunate accidents, which have happened all over the country, have impacted the injured children and their families, and disrupted their lives,” Attorney Anthony Romanucci said in a statement. “The families have incurred numerous medical expenses, and their children have suffered emotionally from the traumas associated with the falls.”