A Village of Hempstead, N.Y., law requiring that it must have prior written notice of defective playground equipment before it can be sued for injuries sustained on such equipment has been struck down by a Nassau judge.

Supreme Court Justice Thomas P. Phelan overturned the law as part of a ruling denying the village’s request for summary judgment in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a young boy who suffered a skull fracture when he fell from a dilapidated chain ladder and hit the back of his head on a combination lock in a playground at Kennedy Memorial Park on Aug. 3, 2002.