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Roller Coaster Accident Injuries

Theme Park Accidents: Overview of Types of Amusement Park Injuries

The most popular ride at amusement parks is the rollercoaster. Thrilling and exciting, a considerable number of people gravitate to amusement park, and state and county fairs, ride a rollercoaster. A considerable number of people are injured annually on rollercoasters. In fact, some of the most serious types of injuries at amusement parks occur on rollercoasters annually. These individuals turn to an experienced rollercoaster accident injury lawyer, like a member of the legal team at The Doan Law Firm, to ensure a proper investigation is conducted to determine the cause of the accident

Amusement Park Accident Statistics

Finding reliable statistics regarding amusement park injuries are hard to find. The reality is that a considerable percentage of amusement park injuries are never reported. Some states do not require the reporting of most amusement park accidents. Florida, well known for being the site of world famous amusement parks, does not require reporting of most accident that occur at theme parks. The only time reporting is required is if someone dies or is taken to the hospital immediately and stays there for at least 24 hours.

With the dearth in data understood, an average of four people are killed in both mobile and fixed-site amusement rides annually, according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, or CPSC. Mobile amusement rides are those associated with state fairs and similar events. Fixed-site rides are those on the grounds of theme parks, like Disneyland. The CPSC also estimates that somewhere between 560 and 860 are taken to emergency departments because of injuries on mobile amusement rides. Again, no reasonably reliable estimate range is available for fixed-site incidents.

Common Types of Roller Coaster Accidents

A significant percentage of roller coaster accidents are the result of defective equipment. The most common examples of defective equipment issues include shoulder harnesses, lap bars, and compartment doors that do not function correctly.

Another large percentage of accidents are caused by employees that operate rollercoasters. For example, these employees may fail to perform proper safety checks, fail to identify defective equipment, fail to properly operate a rollercoaster, or become distracted during operations.

Common Types of Injuries Caused by Roller Coaster Accidents

A trio of injuries are those that are most commonly associated with rollercoaster accidents. These are:

  • back injuries
  • neck injuries
  • head injuries

These injuries come in varying degrees of severity, depending on the specific circumstances surrounding a rollercoaster accident. Unfortunately, every year, individuals experience catastrophic rollercoaster accident injuries.

These include:

  • paralysis
  • brain injury
  • permanent scarring
  • permanent disfigurement
  • heart damage

Mental or psychological trauma associated with a rollercoaster accident represents another type of injury. The reality is that the psychological trauma associated with a rollercoaster accident can injure a person for an extended period of time, including the rest of an individual's life.

Because of the nature of so many of the different types of rollercoaster accident injuries, medical care and treatment oftentimes ends up being significant. Moreover, in many cases, a person must endure an extended period of physical or occupational therapy, of both, after suffering a rollercoaster accident injury.

Compensation for Rollercoaster Accident Injuries

Compensation in a rollercoaster accident injury case depends on the nature, extent, and duration of injuries you, or a loved one, may have sustained. A personal injury attorney from The Doan Officer can explain the ins and outs of compensation to you in detail. A lawyer from the firm can be reached by calling (800) 349-0000.

In many cases involving a rollercoaster accident, compensation includes:

  • medical bills and expenses
  • emotional distress
  • pain and suffering
  • lost wages

In obtaining an insurance settlement, or seeking a court judgment, for a client, a Doan Law Firm lawyer understands the strategies necessary to obtain not only compensation for existing, but future loses as well. As noted previously, the ramifications associated with a rollercoaster accident can carry forth indefinitely into the future.

Retain a Roller Coaster Injury Lawyer

If you, or a member of your family, sustained an injury on a rollercoaster, a rollercoaster accident injury lawyer at The Doan Law Firm is available to discuss your case. You can schedule an appointment with a rollercoaster accident injury lawyer by calling the firm any time, day or night, at (800) 349-0000. The hotline operates seven days a week 52 weeks a year, even on major holidays.

There is no cost associated with an initial consultation with a rollercoaster accident injury lawyer from The Doan Law Firm. An appointment can be scheduled at any time or place that is convenient for you. The firm maintains office in many major U.S. cities. In addition, a lawyer can come to you, schedule a meeting at your home or even at the hospital, depending on your circumstances.

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  1. After an accident, the responsible party's insurance company may try to reduce the claim amount. Commonly, insurance adjusters are trained to get information from the injured to assist in reducing the claim. Though some insurers are less guilty of this practice than others, it is important to realize that insurance companies are profit-oriented corporations and reducing claims results in increased profits for shareholders. This can create a situation for the injured in which they are offered a settlement that does not truly reflect the damages suffered. If you accept this settlement, you lose the ability to get more money should your injuries require further medical treatments. It is critical that victims get legal assistance in any personal injury case, and The Doan Law Firm is prepared to fight relentlessly for your rights.
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