What can bring more joy to your child than a fun filled day with rides, slides, ice cream and other attractions and treats at your local amusement park? What kid doesn’t want to cool off during a hot summer day at your local water park? While these places are some of the happiest places in the world, beware that like virtually anywhere else, accidents can and often do happen at these places all over the world. It’s important to be aware of the relevant laws and the protection the law provides to you and your family in the event that someone is injured or killed at an amusement park, water park or similar facility such as at a state fair due to someone else’s fault. It’s also vital to know that a Charlotte and Fort Mill amusement park accident lawyer, Biazzo Panchenko Law, can help you pursue damages for any medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium or other compensable damages that you or you loved ones may incur from an amusement park accident.
Amusement park accidents frequently occur as a result of inadequate inspection of ride equipment, ride operator error, mechanical or structural errors, negligent security, improper ride operation, failure to provide passenger instructions, risky nature of a ride itself and failure to properly clean and maintain park facilities. Water park liability may also arise where a water park adds too much chlorine or other toxic chemicals in the water circulated through the park. Water parks may also find themselves responsible for causing a patron’s injuries by providing improper lifeguard training, not staffing enough lifeguards, faulty water filters, equipment malfunction, and operator errors. Other people have been affected by food poisoning at amusement parks from issues such as undercooked and improperly stored food. For more information, check out our FOOD POISONING BLOG. Park visitors worldwide have suffered injuries such as back trauma from being whipped around on rides, traumatic brain injury from a fall or from stress imposed upon their bodies on rides, broken bones, necks, brain aneurysms from fast rides, drowning on water rides and death due to falling from heights. It’s important to contact an amusement park injury attorney at the soonest stage possible after you, a loved one or a friend have become a victim of an amusement park injury caused by someone else.
Often times amusement parks and water parks are held responsible for injuries caused to guests. In those events a park’s insurance coverage usually picks up the bill, although often only after putting up a good fight by asserting that the injured guest contributed to causing their own injuries or assumed a risk that caused the guest’s injuries. Remember, in North Carolina if a personal injury plaintiff is found to be just 1% responsible for causing their own injuries, it is an absolute bar to all recovery. However, in South Carolina a person who is found to be partially responsible for causing their own injuries may still recover from a defendant provided that the injured person is found to be less than 50% responsible for causing their injuries. For more information, check out our CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE BLOG. Theme parks are generally responsible for hiring qualified operators, maintenance technicians and staff, maintaining ride safety, maintaining a safe premises, operating rides responsibly and ensuring that ride passengers are able to properly use ride safety equipment. Injuries caused by these issues are generally difficult for amusement parks and their insurers to blame on theme park patrons. Amusement park operators are also responsible for their full compliance with applicable government regulations, which may vary depending on the type of ride, park and location.
We strongly encourage you to seek the advice of a licensed North Carolina Personal Injury Attorney at the earliest stage possible after any amusement park accident, water park accident, state fair accident or other theme park accident where you, a loved one or a friend have been injured due to the fault of someone else. At Biazzo & Panchenko Law, a trusted personal injury firm, we are prepared to negotiate a settlement for you or file a lawsuit to pursue your case through a jury verdict if warranted, to obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact your accident lawyers — Biazzo & Panchenko Law today to schedule your free Personal Injury consultation today. This blog is not to be construed as legal advice.