One of the greatest joys of childhood is visiting an amusement park. Most of us expect bursts of adrenaline, bright lights and delicious smells, but few of us think twice about the potential safety and maintenance hazards of the park. Even as we glide through the air, we are not too concerned about risks because we trust the park to maintain each ride to ensure the safety of every ‘guest.’ But in reality, thousands of people are injured at amusement parks every year.
So who’s responsible if you or a loved one is injured at an amusement park?
The amusement park’s business owner or corporation, of course!
When pursing a personal injury claim against an amusement park, your accident will fall under the laws of premises liability because it may have been caused by the rides, activities or unsafe condition of the park. If you were a paying or freely admitted customer who obeyed instructions and acted responsibly, but still got hurt, you have a right to peaceful recovery and a chance to receive full compensation for your injuries.
Amusement park business owners have a high duty to maintain all aspects of the park to ensure safety. Owners must make sure rides have adequate restraints, regular inspections, clear safety instructions and employee supervision. If the owner knows or should be aware of a safety hazard, it is his duty to warn guests of the danger. For example, steep stairs require handrails; if the floor is slippery there must be a sign, etc. The owner is completely liable if he fails to make potential dangers know. This is called ‘breach of duty.’ Likewise, if the owner fails to provide proper crowd control, animal control during shows or neglects to inform guests about proper ride use, he may be liable for employee negligence.
Your personal injury case may be more complex than you thought. Other aspects of your accident can place more than one party at fault for your injuries. If the ride had an inherent defect or imperfect design, you may be able to claim product liability on the manufacturer.
Recovering and getting back to normal can be a long process, but the attorneys at Parvey & Cavenago want to make it easier for you by getting you the compensation you deserve. Call us today for your free consultation, don’t go it alone. We have your back.