Understanding Your Rights If You Are Injured in an Amusement Park Accident
Individuals visiting one of Houston’s many amusement parks rarely think that they could be leaving with a serious injury. Parkgoers often assume that rides are safe and without risk. Unfortunately, numerous people are injured each year at amusement parks throughout the area. These injuries can be catastrophic and are often preventable.
At the Mayday Law Office, we represent individuals who have been seriously injured in amusement park accidents throughout Houston. Our lawyers fight for injury victims and their families. We know what it takes to achieve a successful outcome for our clients, and we will not give up. If you sustained an amusement park injury, contact our office at (281) 741-1162 to schedule a free consultation.
What Are the Leading Causes of Amusement Park Injuries?
Amusement park injuries can be caused by a wide variety of things. If you are injured at a theme park, you need to report the incident immediately and seek medical attention.
Leading causes of amusement park injuries include:
- Failure to secure a passenger on a ride;
- Mechanical failures;
- Negligent ride operator;
- Slip and fall hazards;
- Inadequate ride maintenance; and
- Failure to give adequate safety precautions.
If you are injured in an amusement park accident, you need to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help investigate your claim to determine whether your injury was caused by negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing.
What Kinds of Injuries Happen at Amusement Parks?
Amusement park injuries can range from minor to severe. In some cases, they may cause a person’s untimely death.
Common injuries at amusement parks:
- Head and neck trauma
- Puncture wounds
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Severe lacerations
- Organ damage
- Stroke or heart attack
Depending on the cause of your injuries, there may be one or more parties that can be held legally responsible. The amusement park itself may be liable for the negligence of its employees, while the manufacturer of the ride may be responsible if their product was dangerous or defective. The case may also be based on premises liability because the property owner failed to provide a reasonably safe premises for their guests.
What to Know If You Are Injured at an Amusement Park
If you are injured at one of Houston’s amusement parks such as Hurricane Harbor, the Kemah Boardwalk, or Funplex, you need to act quickly to protect your rights. Foremost you need to seek medical attention immediately. Failing to seek treatment can directly impact the outcome of your case.
In addition, you need to report the incident to the theme park. Prior to making any statements, however, you should consult with an attorney to determine your legal options. An attorney may have you provide evidence related to your case such as pictures of the hazard that caused you harm or medical records that prove the extent of your injuries.