Over the past few years, as an experienced water park and amusement accident attorney, I have commenced independent analysis and investigations on numerous water slide accidents that have catastrophically injured our clients.
Recently, Kerzner International was sued by a U.S. couple after they allegedly sustained a serious injury on a high speed water slide known as “The Abyss”, at the “Atlantis” Resort. Court documents allege that a South Carolina resident sustained serious and permanent injuries after he crashed into his son while they were enjoying the Abyss water slide at the Atlantis water park on Paradise Island. The complaint further claims that there was no lifeguard at the bottom of the slide and “unfortunately without any warning provided to plaintiff Charles Black due to the defendant’s negligence, the bottom of the Abyss was not clear when Charles Black went down.” The U.S. court document further read that “as a result Charles Black ran into his son at a very high speed which in turn caused him to sustain serious and permanent injuries including a severely fractured leg and ankle which thus far has required significant medical treatment including surgery to repair.”
Water park and water slide accidents such as this are not as uncommon as one would think. As a skilled water park accident lawyer, I have seen too many instances of owners and operators neglecting their duty to ensure reasonable care and safety to guests visiting their water park. In many of the cases handled by our water park and amusement park accident law firm, independent investigations have revealed a lack of proper safeguards. It is important that all water park and amusement park accident victims know that the owners and operators of these parks may be held vicariously liable for all acts of negligence committed by their staff, agents, employees, lifeguards, or other persons who cause or contribute to an incident.
At a recent meeting with some of the nation’s top amusement park and water park ride safety and design experts, I was shocked at how many existing amusement park rides and water slides in operation are improperly designed. It appears that the industry is “pushing the safety envelope” in order to provide a greater thrill factor. The safety of a ride is only as good as the quality of the people manufacturing, operating, and maintaining the ride. All amusements and water slides must be determined to be safe for all guests through proper inspections, repair procedures, maintenance, follow up, and employee procedures. The owners and operators of water parks and amusement parks have an obligation to correct any and all dangerous conditions which they know or should have known existed by the exercise of reasonable care.
In one of the water slide accident cases that the lawyers of Reiff and Bily are currently litigating, a water slide ride attraction was improperly loaded by the operators of a major American amusement park chain, and the victim sustained spinal burst fractures resulting in significant and permanent disabilities. The amusement park claimed that this was a “one time” and random occurrence, yet we were able to determine through a series of investigation that a number of similar accidents throughout the United States involving the same ride with a similar injury pattern have occurred.
While I have been attacked by many critics stating that our law firm is taking the fun out of life, safety rather than profitability should always be the number one concern.
If you or a loved one has sustained an amusement park or water park injury, it is important to retain an experienced amusement park expert to immediately inspect the ride and preserve any and all evidence. While we expect Kodak moments of pleasure at amusement attractions, many times this is not the case.
The experienced Philadelphia water park accident attorneys of Reiff and Bily always offer a free, no obligation consultation. For more information, contact us toll free at 1-800-421-9595 or online at www.reiffandbily.com.