Although amusement parks can be fun places to visit or work, accidents that occur at these venues can be serious events, resulting in serious injuries and even death. Amusement park injuries have been reported to include whiplash, neck and back injuries, heart attacks, broken bones, severe internal damage, and death. Visitors to amusement parks and park employees involved in accidents may be eligible to file a lawsuit to recover damages for their injuries.
What Types of Amusement Park Accident Lawsuits are Available?
Depending on the situation, a number of different types of lawsuits are available to individuals who have been injured at an amusement park. Although the specific claim depends on the nature of the accident that led to the injury, two of the most commonly-filed types of amusement park injury lawsuits are negligence and product liability.
Negligence – If an amusement park injury was caused by the carelessness or inattention of the park itself or an employee of the park, the lawsuit will most likely be for negligence. In such a claim, the plaintiff must prove that the law required the defendant to be reasonably careful and that the defendant failed in this capacity, which led to the individual being injured.
Examples of negligence in amusement park injury lawsuits include:
- failure to post clear warning signs
- posting signs that don't adequately warn patrons of the risks involved
- failing to properly train ride operators
- failing to regularly inspect the rides
- improperly operating a ride
- providing incorrect instructions to riders
Product Liability – Other amusement park injuries may occur due to defective rides or components, and not by the negligence of the park or its employees. For example, the faulty design of a lap bar may cause it to unlatch while in use, causing the rider to fall to the ground. These types of defects may give rise to product liability lawsuits against the manufacturer of the ride or the maker of the component that failed. In these claims, plaintiffs must prove that the structure, equipment, or part was defective and that the defect caused injury or death to the victim.
If you or a loved one has been injured at an amusement park, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an amusement park accident suit and we can help.