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How Common Are Theme Park Accidents?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 11-Aug-2017

According to a 2013 study published in Clinical Pediatrics, an average of 12 children per day are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for injuries sustained at theme parks. While many incidents involve minor injuries, there are also instances of theme park accidents causing catastrophic injuries or wrongful death.

Last August, a 10-year-old boy was decapitated on a water slide in Kansas City. In another incident that occurred last spring, an 11-year-old girl’s scalp was ripped off after her hair became caught in carnival ride. The girl may never regain use of her eyesight.

These are only two examples that were widely reported on during 2016. Theme park patrons can also suffer spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, lacerations, broken bones, and whiplash injuries. In addition, waterparks may pose a drowning hazard to young children.

Most theme park accidents can be attributed to operator error. Employees may be overworked, poorly trained or incapable of communicating instructions to theme park patrons. Theme park accidents may also be caused by poor maintenance practices or defects. In other words, these accidents are often caused by negligence.

Can I File a Lawsuit if I Signed a Waiver?

Some theme parks may require you to sign a waiver. Theme parks may use waivers as a means to escape liability for injuries or deaths. You may still be able to file a lawsuit even if you have signed a waiver. You should call an attorney even if you have signed a waiver. In other cases, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against ride or parts manufacturers.

The Washington DC personal injury attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can help you explore options for holding amusement parks accountable for catastrophic injuries or wrongful death.

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