Over the course of the past three decades, a considerable number of water-based thrill and other types of rides have been added to the attraction lists of amusement parks across the United States. Water rides of different types have become highly popular with patrons of amusement parks from all walks of life. Keep in mind that water rides are not restricted only to so-called water parks. They have long been a part of the ride offerings at theme parks like those operated by Disney, Universal Studios, and Six Flags.
Although water attractions usually meet expectation of being exiting and highly entertaining, these rides are not free from potential hazards. The reality is that men, women, and children are injured and killed in water ride accidents annual at amusement parks from coast-to-coast.
Common Types of Amusement Park Water Ride Injuries
Oftentimes, a person injured on an amusement park water ride suffers a combination of injuries. Common types of amusement park water ride injuries include:
soft tissue injury
lacerations and punctures
spinal column damage
In addition to these various physical injuries, many individuals involved in an amusement park water ride accident suffer serious psychological repercussions. For example, a person may end up impaired with post-traumatic stress syndrome, a condition that can last for an extended period of time, if not the rest of that individual’s lifetime.
Common Amusement Park Water Ride Accidents
Certain types of accidents are more common when it comes to amusement park water rides. These include:
failure to enforce height and weight restrictions
Protecting Visitors to Amusement Parks
You may be surprised to learn that the oversight of amusement park safety is spotty at best. For example, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPSC, has the ability to oversee mobile amusement attractions, but not fixed amusement or theme parks. In other words there arguably is better monitoring of attractions at a county fair with mobile attractions that are brought in once a year than there is of a venue like Disneyland.
Although the CPSC cannot monitor an amusement park, the agency has tried to maintain some statistics. The types of reports amusement parks must submit regarding injuries are also limited, depending on the state in which they are located. For example, Florida only requires the reporting of an incident if it results in a death or if an injured person is immediately taken to a hospital and remains there at least 24 hours for treatment, and not merely observation.
According to the CPSC, injuries at amusement parks, including on water rides, have increased 25 percent in recent years, although attendance is only up by about 9 percent. The generally accepted conclusion by industry analysts is that accidents are up in part because of less attention to maintenance and safety issues by amusement park operators.
Compensation for an Amusement Park Water Ride Injury
Compensation obtained in a settlement or judgment in an amusement park water ride injury case depends on the specific facts associated with an accident and associated injuries.
With that noted, common areas in which you may be able to obtain compensation if you are injured in an amusement park water ride accident include:
pain and suffering
You are entitled to compensation not only for existing injuries, damages, and losses but for those that you reasonably can be expected to face in the future. For example, you very well may be in need of ongoing medical care, treatment, and therapy into the future. The pain and suffering associated with your injuries may not abate any time soon. You may not be able to return to work on a consistent basis, losing even more wages in the process.
Retain an Amusement Park Water Ride Injury Lawyer
The Doan Law Firm has an experienced, highly talented legal team that includes amusement park water ride injury lawyers. A personal injury attorney with amusement park accident experience stands ready to schedule an initial consultation with you, at a time and place that is convenient for you.
In a meeting with an amusement park water ride injury lawyer from The Doan Law Firm, you will be provided an overview of the insurance claims and lawsuit processes that exist in a personal injury or negligence case. An amusement park water ride injury lawyer will take the time to respond to any questions that you at have regarding your case. Keep in mind that there is no charge for an initial consultation with a personal injury attorney from The Doan Law Firm.