The consumer product safety commission reports that emergency-room injuries from amusement park rides rose almost 87% over the last five years. While some cases involve serious trauma and wrongful death from attractions, many also involve lacerations, broken bones, or fractures caused by slip-and-fall accidents.
If you or a family member suffered an injury at an amusement park, water park, or on a carnival ride, you may be able to collect compensation for related expenses and punitive damages.
Here are some questions that a lawyer will explore when considering such a case:
- Negligence: Did the park or operation display a lack of reasonable care that contributed to or caused an injury? If the accident occurred on a ride, did the rider take an assumed risk?
- Product Liability: Was an attraction inherently dangerous, meaning that maintenance and inspection still would not ensure safety? It is expensive and difficult to prove that a manufacturer could have used a safer design for a ride. A court will also consider assumed risk
- Premises Liability: Did the owner take reasonable care of the construction, management, and maintenance of the facility and grounds?