Injured at an Amusement Park?

Summer has officially arrived. This means that many people will be departing for amusement parks expecting a day of fun and excitement. But they might be getting something very different. Statistics indicate that more than 1,000 people are injured in amusement parks accidents annually. While fatalities remain relatively low, more than 52 deaths occurred over a 10 year period from 2003 to 2010. It’s important to note that these mishaps weren’t the result of a heart attack or heat exhaustion. So it would seem that there’s no question as to who would be liable. But you might be surprised.

Who Is Responsible If You Are Injured At An Amusement Park?

Amusement park owners are required by law to take reasonable steps to ensure that guests aren’t injured on park attractions. This includes:

  • making sure that attractions are properly maintained
  • making sure that employees are properly trained to operate and supervise attractions
  • making sure that park guests understand and can comply with attraction warnings and instructions

But a 2013 California Supreme Court ruling narrowed the scope of amusement park liability. It transferred some of the responsibility for injuries onto the shoulders of the injured themselves. The ruling indicated that park users should:

  • be prepared to accept self-injury
  • be prepared to accept injuries caused by other park visitors
  • be prepared to accept injuries caused by third-party vendors

Such a ruling does protect these parks from false and frivolous lawsuits. But it also can create a dilemma for victims. From whom and how should they seek compensation for injuries?

How A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help If You Are Injured At An Amusement Park

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury during an amusement park visit, don’t assume that it’s a souvenir that has to be suffered. Whether it’s negotiating terms with insurance companies or determining liability in complicated accidents, these lawyers can:

  • file claims and other paperwork
  • recreate accident scenes and collect evidence
  • interview witnesses
  • join third parties
  • represent clients in court

As with millions of other visitors, your amusement park trip will most likely be nothing but pleasure. But if that visit ends in suffering due to the actions or negligence of others, don’t hesitate to contact Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin. Your consultation will be the first step towards getting the compensation that you deserve if you have been injured at an amusement park.