Amusement Park Injury Lawsuit
Amusement Park Injury Lawsuits
When a ride malfunctions at an amusement park, carnival, theme park, state fair, or street fair it can cause serious or permanent injuries to park visitors
Amusement Park visitors and park employees can be injured or killed by mechanical failure while attempting to enter or exit ride areas, or while attempting to retrieve a lost clothing, shoes, hats, glasses, or other personal items.
Mechanical failures are the most common reason for ride injuries and can occur because of poorly maintained or aging rides and equipment. Ride mechanisms are in continuous use on average of up to 14 hours each day.
Mechanical failure can include rides that suddenly stop, eject riders, collide with each other, or fail to stop causing injuries that can be fatal or permanently life-altering.
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Every year, 335 million people visit amusement parks in the U.S.
Negligent amusement park and carnival operators are responsible for thousands of accidents every year.
Depending on the circumstances of an amusement park accident, legal responsibility for injuries to park visitors are amusement park owners, ride designers, ride manufacturers, ride operators or concession stand owners.
When someone is injured at an amusement park, the park may be liable for those injuries and damages. Amusement park injury victims can file a personal injury lawsuit against those negligently responsible to get financial damages for their injuries.
Amusement Park Accidents
Common Causes of Amusement Park Accidents
Accidents can happen at big Amusement Parks, Theme Parks, or small local carnivals at any time. Here are common causes of amusement park accidents listed in lawsuits, court documents, and settlement news articles.
|Abrupt Seizure of Mechanism|
|Abrupt Starts and Stops|
|Amusement Park Employee Caused Accident|
|Amusement Park Assaults|
|Amusement Park Robberies|
|Animal Bite and Attack|
|Assault and Battery|
|Being Thrown from Inflatable Devices|
|Broken Ride Restraints|
|Corroded or Rusty Rides|
|Defective or Poorly Designed Ride|
|Defective Parts of a Ride|
|Defective Roller Coaster|
|Debris on Ground|
|Emergency Brake Failure|
|Employee Under the Influence of Alcohol|
|Employee Under the Influence of Drugs|
|Exposed Electrical Wiring|
|Failure of Restraint System|
|Failure of Ride Operators to Follow Operating Procedures|
|Failure of Safety Equipment|
|Failure Remove Dangerous Equipment|
|Failure to Adequately Warn Patrons of Ride Dangers|
|Failure to Carefully Enforce Posted Safety Rules|
|Failure to Deploy Safety Nets|
|Failure to Fix Broken Parts on Rides|
|Failure to Fix Broken Seats on Rides|
|Failure to Follow Age/Height/Weight/Requirements|
|Failure to Follow State Safety Regulations|
|Failure to Inspect Maintain Rides|
|Failure to Inspect Rides|
|Failure to Maintain Equipment|
|Failure to Maintain Rides|
|Failure to Operate A Ride Properly|
|Failure to Post Clear Warning Signs|
|Failure to Properly Restrain Patrons|
|Failure to Properly Train Ride Operators|
|Failure to Provide Hand or Guard Rails on Stairs|
|Failure to Provide Instructions to Ride Users|
|Failure to Provide Rails on Stairs or Ramps|
|Failure to Replace Broken or Dangerous Equipment|
|Failure to Shutoff Emergency Stop|
|Failure to Train Ride Operators|
|Failure to Warn Passengers of Dangers and Restrictions|
|Failure to Warn Visitors About Known Hazards.|
|Falling Items Striking the Head|
|Falling Out of Cars|
|Falling Out of Swing|
|Falls from Rides|
|Faulty Maintained Equipment|
|Food Spills in Dining Areas|
|Getting on and Off Rides|
|Improper Employee Training|
|Improper Ride Operation|
|Improper Safety Locks|
|Improper Safety Restraints|
|Improperly Calibrated Cables|
|Inadequate Inspection Procedures|
|Inadequate Staff Training|
|Inappropriate Ride Operator Behavior|
|Inherent Nature of a Ride|
|Intentionally Unsafe Operation of The Ride|
|Jostling from Uncontrolled Crowds|
|Lack of Lifeguards|
|Lack of Proper Safety Harness|
|Lack of Ride Inspection|
|Lack of Ride Maintenance|
|Lack of Supervision|
|Loose Cables Around the Park|
|Loose Ride Parts|
|Malfunctioning Lap Bars on Rides|
|Malfunctioning Lap Bars on Seat Belts|
|Malfunctioning Safety Restraints|
|Malfunctioning Seat Belts on Rides|
|Missing Signs of Passenger Distress|
|Negligent Hiring of Employees|
|Negligent Ride Builders|
|Negligent Ride Operators|
|Not Following Safety Instructions|
|Not Inspecting Riders for Properly Fitted Safety Harnesses|
|Not Properly Strap in Riders|
|Not Securing the Passenger in A Ride Safely|
|Operator Inattention or Error|
|Passenger Misuse of Rides|
|Physical Assault by Crew Members|
|Poor Quality Replacement Parts|
|Poor Ride Construction|
|Poor Ride Design|
|Providing Incorrect Instructions to Riders|
|Ride Component Failure|
|Ride Mechanical Failure|
|Ride Operator Error|
|Ride Track Sticking|
|Rides Becoming Stuck|
|Risky Behavior by Patrons|
|Safety Harness and Strap Failure|
|Safety Lock Failure|
|Seat Restraints Failure|
|Sexual Assault by Crew Members|
|Sharp and Protruding Ride Parts|
|Slip-and-Fall on Slick Walkways|
|Slip-and-Fall on Wet Stairs|
|Slippery and Wet Surfaces|
|Slips from Spilled Food and Drink|
|Snapping of Cables|
|Stopping Rides Abruptly|
|Thrown off Ride|
|Unrepaired Ride Damage|
|Unsafe Loading/Unloading Procedures|
|Unsecured Mechanical Equipment|
|Wet Stairs or Steps|
|Wobbly Stair Rail|
Common Amusement Park Injuries
The most common injuries that happen at amusement parks can include.
|Artery Tear In Neck|
|Connective Tissue Injury|
|Death Neck Injury|
|Emotional Injury – PTSD|
|Internal Organ Damage|
|Life-Threatening Puncture Wounds|
|Loss of Nerve Sensation|
|Nerve Damage And|
|Soft Tissue Injury|
|Spinal Cord Injury|
|Superficial Puncture Wounds|
|Trauma Resulting In|
|Traumatic Brain Injury (Tbi)|
Amusement Park Accidents Involving Workers
Many workers at Amusement Parks, Theme Parks and Carnivals are outsourced workers that maintain the park grounds or operate park rides. Amusement park jobs include ride managers, ticket attendants, concessions workers, park managers, game operators, costumed characters, cleaning staff, and repairmen.
Contracted Theme Park and Amusement Park workers are susceptible to injury and even death while working on park grounds and may not have the same workers’ compensation coverage as regular park employees.
Contracted or Outsourced workers that are injured while working on Amusement park fairgrounds may be eligible to file a lawsuit if they are injured on the job as a result of negligence on the part of the amusement park owners or operators.
Amusement Park operators and park owners have a responsibility to ensure that park employees and other workers have a safe working environment.
Amusement Theme Parks Owe You a Duty of Care
Most states without specific regulations for amusement parks, carnivals and theme parks have that are called duty of care rules for businesses open to the public. Amusement park owners and operators must do everything reasonably possible to protect their visitors from undue harm.
When amusement park operators fail to protect their visitors from injury, they have violated their legal obligation (or duty of care).
Anyone liable for an amusement park or roller coaster accident may be held responsible to the injured victim for damages. In an any amusement park accident, there may be multiple negligent parties who are responsible for damages.
What to do When Injured at an Amusement Park
If you have been injured in an amusement park accident, whether on the grounds or while on a ride, you have a right to compensation. For a claim to be successful, you will need to gather evidence to prove the amusement park’s negligence caused your injuries.
- Report your injury to ride operator
- Talk to all witnesses
- Take photos, videos, and audio
- Seek immediate medical treatment for any injuries
- Keep records of all related medical bills
- Write down your recollection of the accident.
- Consult an experienced injury lawyer before you sign, or agree to, any written statements or documents with the amusement park.
What Needs to Be Proven For an Amusement Park Claim
- Amusement park should have known or knew of the unsafe conditions.
- Amusement park did not repair or remove the unsafe conditions.
- Unsafe conditions were the direct cause of your injury.
- You did not do anything to cause your injury.
- Your injury is medically verifiable.
- Unsafe conditions caused your injuries.
Possible defendants in an amusement park accident lawsuit may include:
|Amusement Park Attraction Manufacturers|
|Amusement Park Attraction Owners|
|Amusement Park Employees|
|Amusement Park Operators|
|Amusement Park Parent Company|
|Amusement Park Workers|
|Food and Drink Vendors|
|Park Insurance Companies|
|Roller Coaster Engineers|
|Roller Coaster Equipment Manufacturers|
|Roller Coaster Parts Manufacturers|
|Third-Partie Park Vendors For Goods and Services|
|Water Park Operators|
|Water Park Owners|
Time is of the essence when it comes to filing your Amusement Park Accident lawsuit!
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Amusement Park Accident Injury Settlements & Verdicts
- $1.5 Million Awarded to woman injured while riding a roller coaster in an amusement park lawsuit.
- $9.9 Million Settlement for a woman who suffered traumatic brain injury from falling from an amusement park ride.
- $2 Million Settlement for a minor child that broke both of his ankles when he exited out of an amusement park ride.
- $20 million Settlement for 10-year-old Kansas boy who died on a waterslide in Schlitterbahn water park.
- $1.7 Million Settlement for a California girl that died in the collapse of a water slide.
- $8.5 million Settlement against a Fair Grounds owner for dumping manure, horse urine into city canals.
- $325,000 Settlement for Trip and Fall on a Cruise Ship (Broken Arm)
- $600,000 Settlement for an Amusement Park Injury.
- $3.3 million Settlement in Carnival Ride Failure accident for 4 children that suffered injuries against the Amusement Park manufacturer and previous and current owners of a defective carnival ride.
- $1,000,000 Settlement for 5-year-old boy that died when thrown from a mechanically defective ride at an amusement park.
- $3.1 Million Settlement in a product liability/negligence action involving injuries sustain by an infant injured in a shopping cart accident.
- $2.4 Million Settlement– 72-year-old woman suffered a severe spinal injury from slip & fall on an uneven public sidewalk.
- $1.4 Million Settlement– Traumatic Brain injury caused by driver who made an illegal left hand turn causing collision.
- $2.2 Million Settlement– Faulty roadwork and hazardous road conditions resulted in a bicyclist crashing and suffering multiple broken bones and severe head injuries.
Amusement Park Accident Injury Statistics
- 3,400 accidents are reported at amusement parks each year in the U. S. – According to data from the CPSC
- 4,400 children get injured each year on amusement rides according to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS).
- More than 270,000,000 people visit amusement parks and Theme Parks each year in the United States.
- 51% of amusement park injuries and accidents affect children.
- Women ate 1.5 time hurt at amusement parks than men.
- More than 43,000 people are treated for amusement park injuries each year, with most injuries affecting people under the age of 24.
- On an average day, there will be about 117 amusement park injuries every day. CPSC.gov
- About 40 percent of the injuries that occur in amusement parks happened on roller coasters.
- Roller coasters rides cause 27.6 percent of amusement park deaths.
- Ferris wheels and other elevated rides cause 20.7 percent of amusement park deaths.
- Water rides are responsible for 15.3 percent of amusement park deaths.
- Spinning rides cause 13.6 percent of amusement park deaths.
- Nearly 40,000 injuries requiring emergency care are linked to amusement parks, theme parks, and traveling carnivals in 2016. – U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission.
- In a 2013 study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital reported that every year, nearly 4,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for amusement park injuries.
- 70 percent of all amusement park injuries occur in the summer months. – USA Today News
- Drowning is a leading cause of death in water amusement parks.
- Head and neck were the most common body regions injured. – Data examined by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
For a Personal Injury lawsuit to be successful, personal injury lawyers have to show that your injury resulted from the negligence of another party. In the case of a Personal Injury lawsuit victims and immediate family members have the right to file a personal injury claim.
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Amusement Park Accident Injury Damages
When Amusement Park companies are negligent with improper equipment maintenance, structural maintenance, design flaws, and defective rides they can be held liable for injuries caused to innocent people that suffer serious injuries or death.
Victims in injury-related claims are entitled to damages including:
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