A couple celebrating the Fourth of July at an amusement park ended up suffering serious injuries while riding down a water slide. According to media reports, the victims were on a shared-raft water ride, when their raft flipped over and sent the victims headfirst into the slide’s wall. The man said he and his wife were using the same raft and questioned the ride’s safety before they even got on. Unexpected injuries can happen anywhere at any time, and if you are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, be sure to call an experienced Cranston, RI personal injury lawyer.
How Badly Were They Injured?
The man said when they got to the top, they asked an employee if the rafts ever flipped, to which she replied that there’s never been a problem before and the rafts are tested “all the time.” Unfortunately, in this case the raft flipped and caused serious injury.
Upon being flipped out of the raft, the woman hit her head and was knocked out, which could have caused her to drown if her husband wasn’t there to take her head out of the water. She suffered a broken collarbone, fractured shoulder, broken toe and a concussion, requiring staples in her head. She is currently recovering at home and the investigation is still ongoing.
How Often Are People Injured At Amusement Parks?
Amusement parks in the United States attract about 335 million visitors a year and water parks draw about 85 million visitors a year, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. Amusement park visitors want to let their guard down and trust that they are safe on all the park’s equipment, but accidents do still happen.
According to a 2013 study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy, which took a comprehensive look at amusement ride injuries, head and neck injuries were the most common (28%) followed by arms (24%), face (18%) and legs (17%). Soft-tissue injuries were also the most common (29%), followed by strains and sprains (21%), cuts (20 %) and broken bones (10%).
Who Is Liable In These Situations?
When it comes to amusement park accidents, the owners, operators and managers of the park can be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Amusement parks have a responsibility and duty to maintain safe premises for all of their visitors. Summer is the peak season for amusement parks, as most people are on vacation or simply want to enjoy the nice weather. During the summer months, rides are turned on in the morning and run continuously into the night. Problems at amusement parks could involve mechanical malfunctions and human error, especially when the park is crowded, hot, busy, and just overall chaotic.
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If you or a loved one has been injured at an amusement park, you may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit against the park and its operator. Our personal injury lawyers, here at d’Oliveira & Associates, help seriously injured victims of negligence recover compensation for things like medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, wrongful death, among others. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we don’t charge you anything unless we win for you. Let us focus on your case, while you focus on your recovery. Call us at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online for a free, comprehensive and confidential case evaluation.