On a hot summer day, many families head to theme parks to spend time together. There's nothing quite like the adrenaline of a roller coaster, the fun of a wave pool or eating unique fair foods. One thing that some families end up dealing with that they did not expect is injuries. Sadly, injuries can happen on roller coasters and in amusement parks that seriously wound or kill people.
When you take your child to one of these facilities, that's the last thing you want to see happen. Maybe surprisingly, there were actually between 2,800 and 4,300 injuries between 1997 and 2003 that were a result of amusement parks, their rides and services.
What kinds of injuries could you or your children suffer from at an amusement park?
Some possible injuries from roller coasters include whiplash, drowning, emotional injuries, brain aneurysms, paralysis, stroke, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones and falls. For example, if you're riding a roller coaster that comes to a stop suddenly, you may suffer from whiplash, where your head is thrown forward and back quickly. If someone too little, either by weight or height, is allowed on a roller coaster against regulations, he or she could slip out of the seat and fall to the ground. This would result in serious injuries or death.
After an amusement park injury, you or your loved one may need ongoing medical care. The premises may be liable for your injuries, especially if a defect or negligent act led to them. Your attorney can help you file a claim, so you can get the compensation needed.
Source: FindLaw, "Roller Coaster Accident Injuries and Amusement Safety," accessed June 19, 2017