An amusement park is a business offering fun and entertainment to paying customers. But an amusement park can be a hazardous environment, particularly for children, the elderly, and guests with medical conditions.
Many amusement rides are potentially dangerous, especially if they are not properly maintained or the appropriate safety protocols are neglected when the ride is in operation. Accidents involving slips, trips and falls can occur if the park’s walkways, pavement and other surfaces aren’t regularly repaired or properly maintained. Visitors also can even get sick from eating tainted or spoiled food.
A New York City injury attorney should be contacted at once if you or a loved one has been injured or became ill at an amusement park. Amusement park owners must follow vigorous guidelines to ensure the health and safety of visitors and employees. If any negligence results in an accident, the owner should be held accountable for the injured park visitor’s losses.
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAP), a trade association for amusement parks, theme parks and attractions, says accidents at amusement parks resulted in an estimated 1,221 injuries in 2013, with 84 of those injuries treated as serious.
More than half of the accidents reported (53.1 percent) happened on family and adult rides, followed by rollercoasters (40.5 percent) and children’s rides (6.4 percent).
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says the typical causes of amusement ride accidents and injuries are operator behavior, mechanical failure, and design defects or limitations.
When an accident does occur on an amusement park ride, the accident often involves high speed and/or precarious heights. This means that any fall and/or impact will likely result in a serious injury, such as:
In addition to injuries from ride malfunction or operator error, many incidents occur on the grounds of amusement parks but go unreported because they are not connected to rides. These include such accidents as:
If you or a loved one of yours is seriously injured at a New York amusement park, the consequences will have an impact on you and your family. If negligence was involved, you deserve to be made whole financially.
Amusement parks and their owners have a duty to the safety of their visitors. Though there is some assumed risk in entering an amusement park ride, the owners of such attractions must adhere to regulations for design, construction and periodic inspection of rides and similar amusements.
Through its Buildings Department, New York City requires amusement ride operators to register all equipment, obtain a 39-point inspection and a certificate of competency for each permanent or temporary ride, and obtain a statement attesting to the load capacity of each ride that carries passengers. All inspection and test records of amusement devices and equipment must be kept onsite and made available to the Buildings Commissioner upon request.
After an amusement ride accident, documentation should be available of how long it has been since the ride was last determined to be safe. Records should also be available to indicate any violation or notice of deficiency issued by New York City, as well as for the action taken to fix the problem. Other evidence, such as witness statements or video from security cameras or witnesses, can also be obtained to help document an accident.
The amusement park’s management is unlikely to provide information voluntarily after an accident. They may work actively to obscure evidence of negligence. Amusement rides may be dismantled and/or moved. Also local authorities who investigate will only do what is required to determine whether criminal charges are warranted. If you are to obtain the evidence necessary to hold an amusement park owner or operator accountable for serious injury to you or a loved one, it will require an aggressive personal injury lawyer to conduct an independent investigation. Such an investigation requires knowledgeable personnel who will do the footwork and who can then properly analyze the evidence compiled.
The legal team of Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. has the resources and dedication to investigate your amusement park accident. We have a network of forensic consultants who can assist in examining amusement park rides to determine and explain the cause of your accident. Based on the evidence we gather, we can pursue a claim to recover compensation for your past, current and future medical expenses and lost income, as well as for your pain, suffering and emotional trauma.
It is important to contact an experienced attorney and start the investigative work required of your legal claim as soon as you are able.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of an unsafe amusement park ride or negligence on the grounds of an amusement park in New York, contact Hecht Kleeger & Damashek for a free review of your accident and explanation of your legal options. The owner of the park where your accident occurred may be required to compensate you for medical bills and other expenses related to your accident, as well as for your pain and suffering.
Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. is a skilled personal injury firm that provides seasoned legal representation to amusement park accident victims in New York City and elsewhere in New York State. We take aggressive steps to ensure our clients fully recover financially from their injuries. Contact us today.