October 1, 2014

What should I do if I was injured at an amusement park?

Amusement Park AccidentThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that approximately 8,800 people visit emergency rooms on an annual basis as the result of injuries sustained on amusement park rides.  Thousands more likely suffer minor injuries but do not seek medical attention.  Amusement park owners have the duty to ensure all rides and attractions are safe for guests, and should never allow patrons to ride inappropriate rides for their size, age, or health conditions.  If an amusement park does not take the necessary measures to keep guests safe, the park owners should be held accountable for their negligent actions. If you have been injured, always seek medical attention and then consult with a Philadelphia personal injury attorney to discuss a possible case.

Amusement park patrons most often suffer whiplash, spinal injuries, bone fractures, soft tissue damage, traumatic brain injuries, stroke, neck injuries or drowning scares on water rides. There are several common causes of injuries at amusement parks, which include:

  • Mechanical failures on rides, such as structural defects, malfunctioning restraints or brakes, or other problems due to lax maintenance of park rides can cause serious injuries and even death.
  • The nature of a ride, such as high G-forces or rapid spinning, can cause injuries such as hemorrhage, brain trauma, loss of consciousness, eye injuries, and more.
  • Employee errors commonly cause injuries.  Errors may include not properly securing passengers, abruptly stopping the ride at a dangerous point, overcrowding rides, or allowing inappropriate passengers to board the ride.
  • Passenger errors, such as failing to follow the operator’s instructions, detaching safety restraints or standing up in the middle of the ride, rocking the car on the track, and more.  Passenger errors or negligence can often cause injury to more people than just the offending rider.
  • Negligent supervision, which most often occurs in children’s areas or insufficient lifeguard supervision over pool areas.
  • Failing to meet federal safety standards for all tides.  The government regulates the safety of amusement parks and, if a park falls below safety standards, it will be found negligent if injury occurs.

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