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Theme Park Accident Lawyers – What You Need to Know

If you or a loved one has been injured in a theme park accident, it is important to seek the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Theme parks are required to follow a number of safety regulations to protect their guests, but sometimes accidents do happen. A qualified amusement park accident lawyer will be able to review the facts of your case and determine if you have a valid claim for damages.

In many cases, victims of theme park accidents can receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. It is important to remember that time is of the essence when it comes to personal injury claims – the sooner you speak with an attorney, the better your chances of securing fair compensation.

What Is a Theme Park Accident?

A theme park accident is any type of accident or injury that occurs while you are on the premises of a theme park or while participating in an activity at a theme park. Common examples of theme park accidents include slip and fall accidents, ride malfunctions, and food poisoning.

Theme parks are required to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their guests, and they can be held liable for accidents that occur due to their negligence. If you have been injured in a theme park accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the park.

How Often Do Theme Park Accidents Occur?

Every year, around 30,000 people get hurt at amusement parks; however, very few fatal accidents happen–only a dozen or so in the last ten years. Still, many people suffer from serious injuries, such as broken bones and concussions, each year. Besides getting serious injuries, people also get sick from food poisoning and other illnesses at amusement parks.

What Are the Most Common Theme Park Accidents?

The most common types of amusement park accidents are ride-related injuries, fall injuries, and food poisoning.

1. Ride-Related Injuries

Ride-related injuries make up a little over half of all amusement park accidents. Most of these injuries are caused by ride malfunctions, such as broken restraints or sudden stops. Other common causes of ride-related injuries include rider error (such as standing up on a roller coaster) and operator error (such as not properly securing a rider in a restraint).

2. Fall Injuries

Just over a quarter of all amusement park accidents are fall injuries. These can be caused by a number of factors, including wet floors, loose carpeting, and trip hazards. Fall injuries can range from minor scrapes and bruises to more serious injuries, such as concussions and broken bones.

3. Food Poisoning

A small percentage of amusement park accidents are food poisoning cases. These usually occur when park guests eat food that has been contaminated with bacteria or other pathogens. Food poisoning can cause a range of symptoms, from mild stomach upset to severe dehydration and even death.

4. Animal Attacks

Animal attacks are another type of amusement park accident, though they are much less common than the other types of accidents on this list. Animal attacks can occur when a guest is bitten or scratched by an animal on the premises, such as a tiger at a zoo or a dolphin at a marine park.

5. Other Accidents

There are a number of other less common types of amusement park accidents, such as trampoline accidents, water park accidents, and accidents involving arcade games.

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Technical Causes of Theme Park Accidents

Ride-related injuries are usually caused by one of three things: rider error, operator error, or mechanical failure.

1. Mechanical failures

These are the most common type of ride-related accidents, accounting for about two-thirds of all accidents. These failures can be caused by a number of things, including broken restraints, sudden stops, and loose objects on the ride.

2. Inadequate operation

This is the second most common type of ride-related accident and includes operator error, such as not properly securing a rider in a restraint. The inadequate operation can also include things like not following the manufacturer's instructions for operating the ride.

3. Failure to warn/advise

This includes things like not posting warnings about the risks of riding a certain type of ride or not advising riders to stay seated during the ride.

4. Inherent nature

Your inherent nature would be things like your weight, your height, or a medical condition that you have that might make it more difficult for you to safely ride a particular type of ride.

5. Passenger misuse

This is when riders don't follow the rules of the ride, such as standing up on a roller coaster or not keeping their hands and feet inside the ride at all times.

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Common Injuries Sustained in Theme Park Accidents

Since theme parks contain a variety of rides and attractions, the injuries that can be sustained in an accident at a theme park are just as varied. Some of the most common injuries that we see in our practice include:

  • Concussions and other brain injuries: These can be caused by head trauma, such as when a rider is thrown from a ride or when a loose object strikes a guest in the head.
  • Spinal cord injuries: Your spine can be injured if you are thrown from a ride or if you suffer a fall.
  • Broken bones: Broken bones are common in theme park accidents, especially falls and ride malfunctions.
  • Internal injuries: These can be caused by blunt force trauma, such as when a rider is thrown from a ride.
  • Soft tissue injuries: Sprains, strains, and other soft tissue injuries are common in theme park accidents.
  • Amputations: In some cases, an accident can result in the loss of a limb.
  • Eye injuries: Foreign objects can strike guests in the eye, causing serious injury.
  • Death: Although it is rare, people have been killed in theme park accidents.

Who is Liable for a Theme Park Accident?

The liability for a theme park accident depends on the circumstances of the accident. If the accident was caused by a ride malfunction, the amusement park may be held liable. If the accident was caused by rider error, the rider may be held liable. And if the accident was caused by operator error, the operator may be held liable. In some cases, multiple parties may be held liable for a single accident.

For example, if a rider is thrown from a ride and sustains serious injuries, the amusement park may be held liable for the ride malfunction that caused the accident. But if the rider was not properly secured in the restraint, the operator may also be held liable for the accident.

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What Compensation Can You Get for a Theme Park Accident?

If you or a loved one has been injured in a theme park accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The amount of compensation you can receive will depend on the severity of your injuries, the circumstances of the accident, and a number of other factors.

But in general, you may be able to recover compensation for your lost income, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. Here are some of the types of compensation you may be able to recover:

  • Medical bills: You can receive compensation for your past and future medical expenses, including hospitalization, surgeries, doctor’s visits, medication, and rehabilitation.
  • Lost income: If you are unable to work because of your injuries, you can receive compensation for your lost wages.
  • Pain and suffering: You can receive compensation for the physical and emotional pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
  • Punitive damages: In some cases, you may be able to receive punitive damages, which are designed to punish the wrongdoer.
  • Wrongful death: If your loved one was killed in a theme park accident, you may be able to receive compensation for your loss.

What Should You Do If You’ve Been Injured in a Theme Park Accident?

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a theme park accident, there are a few things you should do:

1. Seek medical attention

Even if your injuries don’t seem severe, it’s better to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Some injuries, like concussions, may not be immediately apparent but can still be serious.

To ensure you receive the full extent of the compensation you deserve, it’s important to have a record of all your injuries, no matter how minor they may seem.

2. Gather evidence

If you can, take pictures of the scene of the accident and your injuries. These will be helpful in building your case. You should also get the contact information of any witnesses to the accident. When gathering evidence, make sure to:

  • Not move anything at the accident scene, as this can alter the evidence
  • Not sign anything from the theme park or their insurance company, as this could waive your right to file a personal injury claim
  • Get a police report, if possible

3. Contact a personal injury lawyer

It’s important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. An experienced lawyer will be able to help you navigate the often complex legal process and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

 

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How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help You?

A personal injury lawyer can help you in a number of ways, including:

1. Investigating your accident and gathering evidence

In order to prove that you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, your lawyer will need to investigate the accident and gather evidence. This may include talking to witnesses, reviewing medical records, and obtaining security footage.

2. Identifying the responsible party

Your lawyer will also work to identify the responsible party in your accident. In some cases, this may be obvious – such as if you were hit by a car while crossing the street. In other cases, it may be less clear – such as if you were injured on a defective amusement park ride.

3. Calculating your damages

Your amusement park accident lawyer will also calculate the full extent of your damages, including both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are those that have a specific monetary value, such as medical bills and lost wages. Non-economic damages are those that do not have a specific monetary value, such as pain and suffering.

4. Negotiating with the responsible party or their insurance company

Once your lawyer has calculated your damages, they will then negotiate with the responsible party or their insurance company to try to reach a settlement. If a settlement cannot be reached, your lawyer will prepare your case for trial.

5. Representing you in court

If your case goes to trial, your lawyer will represent you in court and fight for the compensation you deserve. In some cases, you may be able to receive a verdict in your favor. In other cases, you may be awarded a settlement through negotiation or mediation.

6. Appealing a decision

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your case, your amusement park accident lawyer can help you file an appeal. This is a complex process, so it’s important to have experienced legal representation on your side.

While no amount of money can undo the harm that you have already suffered, filing a personal injury claim can help you recover the compensation you need to move on with your life.

If you have been injured in an accident at an amusement park, it is important to speak with a theme park accident lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer can help you investigate your accident, identify the responsible party, and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Need Help After a Theme Park Accident?

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident at an amusement park, contact the theme park accident lawyers at The Injury Firm today. We have experience handling all types of theme park accidents, including those involving rides, food poisoning, and more. We will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 954-951-0000 to schedule a free consultation.

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