When most people think of an amusement park injury, they think of massive injury or death resulting from the rides. However, there are many different types of incidents, ranging in severity and causes. Amusement park injuries can be devastating and can even result in death, or they can be relatively minor, with recovery taking just a few days or weeks. Regardless of the severity of the injury, you may have a claim for compensation, and it is important to speak to a lawyer to understand your legal options. Amusement park injuries include injuries that occurred due to a ride failure, or they could even involve slipping on water in the bathroom. While the most catastrophic injuries may appear on the news and are dramatized in movies or television, visitors to amusement parks are injured every day in many different ways. No matter how an injury occurs, owners and operators have a duty to those who visit the area to keep the park entirely safe, especially for children, who may not appreciate the dangers of certain attractions.
Although strict safety measures are in place, ride failures do occur, and when they do, they can result in extremely serious injuries. Most of these incidents are required to be reported to regulatory authorities. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were over 15,000 ride-related injuries in 2005. Even the normal operation of a ride can cause exacerbation of injuries for those with back problems, heart conditions, and other medical concerns, and it is important to speak with an attorney to determine whether you have a claim.
Some theme parks use animals which have been trained to wow the crowds with astounding tricks, or to give rides to park visitors. Sometimes, members of the crowd may even be allowed to have close contact with these animals between their show. Despite many hours of training, sometimes these animals may act unpredictably and attack their trainers or even an unsuspecting member of the crowd. These injuries can be devastating and disfiguring, and children can be emotionally affected for life and even have more difficulty finding a job.
More mundane theme park injuries include those that could occur almost anywhere. These are actually some of the most common claims filed against amusement parks and can be as simple as tripping on debris or liquid that wasn’t properly cleaned up by cleaning crews. As simple as this type of incident sounds, the injuries can be devastating and can result in loss of work or even require a change in occupation when the person who was injured can no longer lift, move, or bend in the ways that were required at their job, due to painful injuries.
If you have been injured at an amusement park, contact Eric J. Hertz, P.C. at www.hertz-law.com for a consultation or for more information. It is important to speak to a lawyer as quickly as possible after such an incident so that vital evidence is not lost and to preserve your claim.
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