Recently, a 4-year-old suffered a fractured skull when she plunged 14 feet while waiting in line for a ride at an amusement park. The young girl remains in the hospital with head injuries, broken ribs, and a brain bleed, and according to news sources, a health and safety inspector investigating the theme park accident is focusing on a fence panel that divides the line’s queue.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of the 4-year-old victim. The family would be well advised to consult an experienced theme park accident attorney to independently investigate the circumstances which lead to her serious injuries.
If you have ever visited a popular amusement park, the mix of fun also involves endless and painful waiting for a relatively short ride of pleasure. When you enter an amusement park, like any other business, the owners and operators of the park have a duty to provide a safe environment for their guests, which includes providing for your safety and security, ensuring all waiting areas are reasonably safe and free from hazards. Amusement and theme parks must take precautions to make sure that surfaces are not uneven, not slippery, properly lit, and that all ramps and stairs have handrails, guardrails, and are not too steep. Employees should be trained in safety maintenance and injury prevention.
Amusement parks and water parks are often the site of slip and falls, negligent security, and attacks and assaults. As an experienced Pennsylvania theme park accident attorney, unfortunately, each year we are consulted by children and their parents who have been injured, drowned, or been attacked or sexually assaulted at an amusement park. Many times, amusement and water park accidents are the result of improper staffing, improper training, inadequate maintenance, or lack of appropriate security safeguards. Amusement park accidents many times involve a combination of premises liability, product liability, and negligent security, and all claims must be independently investigated at the outset to avoid spoliation of evidence and to preserve information that may be extremely important to the successful prosecution of a legal claim. When amusement park owners and operators fail protect your safety, they must be held accountable.
The experienced amusement park attorneys of Reiff & Bily always offer a free, no obligation consultation to victims and their families injured in amusement park or water park accidents.