Georgia is the proud home of several family-friendly amusement parks that welcome millions of attendees each year. These tourist locations are particularly popular during the summer months, when kids are out of school. Unfortunately, the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that were “113,272 emergency department-treated injuries” linked to theme park rides in the years spanning 2003-2013. When a serious incident or accident occurs, it’s usually a consequence of operator error, equipment failure, or issues involving a ride’s structural integrity.
A theme park attendee can sustain the following injuries in an accident:
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Stroke (from trauma to neck ligaments)
- Traumatic brain injury
- Loss of limb
- Drowning injuries
According to the CPSC, even the inherent nature of a ride can lead to injuries; for example, consumers have suffered subdural hematoma, retinal hemorrhage, whiplash, and loss of consciousness just from trying out a spinning ride. Because rides are designed for thrill over safety, a survivor of a theme park accident may sustain catastrophic injuries that result in costly medical bills and an inability to hold gainful employment. In this scenario, the survivor should file a claim against the negligent parties to recover damages and protect other attendees from suffering a similar injury.
Of course, it is also possible for an attendee to suffer a serious injury while exploring the park. Slip and fall accidents are common at amusement parks (especially water parks), and result in dangerous concussions, contusions, broken bones, and various orthopedic injuries.
The following parties can be held liable after a theme park accident:
- Amusement park owner
- The park’s parent company
- Ride operators
- Ride engineers
- Park supervisors or managers
- Safety inspectors
- Equipment manufacturers
- The park’s insurance company
Pursue Damages with An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
Plaintiffs tend to encounter many legal challenges after sustaining injuries at a theme park. After all, these are “family-friendly” businesses with reputations to protect, and we can’t forget that insurance companies aren’t in the business of losing money. Fortunately, the personal injury attorneys at Pratt Clay, LLC can investigate the incident, research the park’s history of negligence, and develop a litigation strategy that holds the at-fault parties responsible for your financial losses. With our guidance, you can recover compensatory damages that cover your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.