On Sept. 7, a Phillips County jury awarded a second grade student $750,000 in what attorney Louis Etoch referred to as a products liability claim against one of North America's largest playground equipment manufacturers.

According to Etoch, on Nov. 14, 2014, a 7-year-old second grade student at Barton Elementary School suffered a severe compound fracture of an arm bone while playing on a raised platform on the school playground. The student fell through a "dangerous and defectively designed 'snake pole.'" The injuries required surgery and pins to repair.

On Sept. 7, a Phillips County jury awarded a second grade student $750,000 in what attorney Louis Etoch referred to as a products liability claim against one of North America's largest playground equipment manufacturers.

According to Etoch, on Nov. 14, 2014, a 7-year-old second grade student at Barton Elementary School suffered a severe compound fracture of an arm bone while playing on a raised platform on the school playground. The student fell through a "dangerous and defectively designed 'snake pole.'" The injuries required surgery and pins to repair.

Etoch of the Etoch Law Firm in Helena and David Hodges of The David Hodges Law Firm in Little Rock represented the child and the family.

"I am proud that a jury of our community has taken the first step in protecting our nation's children," stated Etoch.

The defendants in the litigation were Playpower, Inc., Playpower L.T. Farmington and the installer Kyle Recreation, Inc.

"By entering this verdict the jury has held Playpower accountable for the damages caused by their negligently designed and dangerous playground equipment. I sincerely hope this judgment will prompt Playpower to take the appropriate measures to remedy the defective playground equipment, so our young children will no longer be in harm's way as they play on Playpower's playground equipment on a daily basis."

Both parties agreed up front that Barton Elementary was not at fault.

"The school naturally relied upon Playpower's assertions that their playground equipment was safe for children ages five through 12," Etoch added.

William Jeter and Robert Moore of Heaton and MooreP.C. of Memphis, Tennessee represented the defendants in the litigation.

It should be noted that all awards by jury are subject to appeal to a higher court.