Amusement Park Accidents and the Hidden Killers: Heart Attacks and Strokes
A trip to an amusement park is meant to be an amazing, entertaining experience.
Indeed, there is a reason why Disneyland, and
other Disney properties, are called "the Magic Kingdom."
In the vast majority of cases, barring a tummy ache from too much junk
food, a visit to an amusement park proves to be a tremendous experience.
However, with what is alarming frequency, visitors to theme parks are
involved in accidents that at times can result in serious injuries.
The media naturally highlights the major catastrophic accidents that do
occur at theme or amusement parks from time to time. What oftentimes are
overlooked are the accidents in which one individual ends up seriously
injured, or even killed, because of some sort of mishap at an amusement park.
Perhaps the most overlooked type of injury that occurs at an amusement
park, involves a person who experiences a heart attack or a stroke on
a thrill ride. These types of injuries are underreported by amusement
parks in many locations in the United States. Moreover, many people who
experience heart attacks or strokes on a thrill ride do not recognize
that the negligence of the amusement park itself may have contributed
to the extreme medical event in a number of different ways.
There are a number of ways in which an amusement park can be responsible,
at least in part, for a heart attack or stroke sustained by a person riding
on an attraction. An amusement park injury lawyer from The Doan Law Firm
can filly explain how an amusement park might be responsible for damages
and injuries sustained while on a ride or elsewhere at a venue.
An amusement park has an obligation to post an appropriate warning about
potential risks associated with a particular attraction. This can include
a warning about potential health risks and advisements to individuals
with certain types of medical conditions. If these warnings are not complete
or not in a conspicuous location, an amusement park may have opened the
door to potential responsibility for certain types of issues.
Improper Ride Operation
Another area in which an amusement park may be held liable for an injury
like a heart attack or stroke sustained by a patron on a ride would be
in a situation in which the attraction was not properly operated. For
example, if an attraction operator stops the tide in an improperly sudden
manner, resulting in a person sustaining an injury like a heart attack
or a stroke, the theme park may be held responsible for incident resulting
in physical injury.
Other Types of Negligence
A variety of other types of acts, or even inaction, can result in a person
being involved in an amusement park incident, usually associated with
a ride, that gives rise to a heart attack or stroke. The reality is that
a person who sustains a heart attack or a stroke on the grounds of an
amusement park, particularly while on a ride, must closely examine the
surrounding facts and circumstances. Keep in mind that a thorough, meaningful
investigation of the circumstances surrounding a health-related event
at an amusement park may lead to the conclusion that the park itself negligently
contributed to a heart attack, stroke, or other medical issue.
Understanding Comparative Negligence
A logical question associated with the concept of an amusement park being
responsible for a patron's heart attack or stroke is what if the person
somehow contributed to his or her own medical event. The reality is that
the law in all 50 states take this into consideration in one of their
different ways. This is done through legal doctrines known as comparative
or, at times, contributory, negligence.
Some states maintain a comparative negligence law that no matter the degree
to which an injured person contributed to his or her own injury, a third
party can still be held responsible for its contribution to the injury.
For example, even if a determination was made in a lawsuit that the injured
person was 80 percent responsible for causing he event that resulted in
the medical condition, the third party that contributed 20 percent would
still be responsible for its share in the way of paying compensation.
In other states, if the injured person is 50 or 51 percent responsible,
the other party would not owe compensation. Finally, in a very limited
number of jurisdictions, if a person contributed at all to his or her
injury, a third party would be off the hook for paying compensation. An
amusement park injury attorney can explain how comparative negligence
might work in a specific case.
Retain an Amusement Park Injury Lawyer
An initial consultation can be scheduled with an amusement park injury
lawyer from The Doan Law Firm by calling (800) 349-0000. The telephone
line is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
An amusement park injury lawyer will schedule an initial appointment at
your convenience to discuss and analyze your case. There is no charge
for an initial consultation with an amusement park accident lawyer from
The Doan Law Firm.