Houston Amusement Park Accident Lawyer
1 Riverway Suite 2325
Houston, Texas 77056
If you have been hurt while on a rollercoaster or have been hurt for any
other reason at a park or fairground, you should call a Houston amusement
park injury lawyer. Talking with an amusement park injury attorney can
make it possible to learn more about the types of compensation that you
are entitled to, how long you have to pursue your case as well as whether
you should choose to settle or go to trial.
Should I Settle My Case or Go to Trial?
There is no easy answer when it comes to whether you should settle or go
to trial to resolve your case. However, your amusement park accident attorney
will work with you to help make a decision that is in your best interest.
It is important to point out that you are 100 percent in control throughout
the entire process.
If you want to settle, your attorney will work on a settlement agreement
even if you may be leaving money on the table. We want you to feel good
about your legal representation and feel good about the outcome of your
case as it is the first step toward both your physical and mental recovery.
However, it is always in your best interest to talk with an attorney before
you decide to accept a settlement. The insurance companies and other interested
parties may pressure you to take less than what you may be owed before
you are ready to make such a decision. While the offer you receive may
be fair, there is no way to know unless you have someone with knowledge
of personal injury cases take a look at it first.
Who Is Liable for Damages Owed?
One of the most important questions that your amusement park injury attorney
will work with you to answer is who is responsible for your injuries.
If you were hurt on a ride, either the person responsible for operating
it or the party responsible for maintaining it could be held liable. In
some cases, it may be both parties assuming that they both acted in a
The amusement park itself may be liable for your injuries if it didn't
take steps to properly train or oversee its staff. This may mean that
a ride operator was allowed to come to work while impaired or wasn't
properly trained to do his or her job. It may also mean that the rides
themselves weren't maintained properly.
You may be able to bolster your case by finding records of previous injuries
attributed to a ride or the amusement park itself where you were hurt.
Your attorney will comb through maintenance records and other physical
evidence available to show that you were not at fault for your injuries
and that negligence was a factor in your accident.
How Much Can I Get From a Settlement or Jury Award?
The amount that you can receive from a settlement depends on a number of
factors. For instance, if you are unable to go to work after your injuries,
you may be entitled to lost wages and lost future earnings. Those amounts
will be based on what you make now and what you could have made in the
future based on a number of variables such as your chances of getting
a promotion or how many years you would have worked.
You may also be entitled to medical bills incurred because you were hurt
in an amusement park. The amount that you are entitled to could very well
be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars or millions of dollars depending
on what you needed to get better. Those who have insurance may also have
many of their costs covered or be charged less for services simply because
they have insurance.
It is also possible that you will be given punitive damages on top of your
actual damages. In theory, there is no limit to what a jury may award,
but a judge may reduce that amount depending on relevant factors in your
case. All told, you could receive a few thousand dollars if your injuries
and other costs are minor or millions of dollars if the injury alters
your way of life significantly.
If you have been hurt at an amusement park, you deserve to be compensated
for both physical and mental anguish that you may suffer from. After you
have seen a doctor, your next move should be to contact The Doan Law Firm
at 1 Riverway, Suite 2325 Houston, Texas 77056. You may also call if you
prefer to speak to us by phone at (832) 835-0000.
The Doan Law Firm:
1 Riverway, Suite 2325
Houston, Texas 77056