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Liability After an Amusement Park Accident

amusement park accident

Roller coasters, funnel cakes, and lots of laughter bring many families to amusement parks every summer. And you assume you don’t need to worry about anything. Families can have fun and stay safe. Every year families gather to go to water parks and amusement parks during the summer months all over the country. More thrilling rides attracts visitors to enter the parks with excitement and brings them back every year. Unfortunately, amusement parks can bring danger. If the rides at the parks are not maintained, they are no longer safe to ride for any age group. In fact, going on those rides could become a life-threatening event.

According to International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, approximately 375 million people visit a theme park each year in North America.  In a study done by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 92,885 children under age 18 were treated to emergency rooms due to injuries caused by rides at amusement parks. This averages to 4,423 injured per year on rides. The study also concluded that most of the injuries were head injuries due to hitting a hard floor.

Common injuries from a ride include head, neck and back injuries. Roller coasters that go in loops, backwards and sharp turns can create stress on a body which may result in the neck and back injury.

Injuries range from broken bones and concussion due to

  • Amputation
  • Electrocution
  • Paraplegia
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Wrongful death

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How to Avoid and Treat Slip and Fall Accidents

How to Avoid and Treat Slip and Fall AccidentsAs a personal injury firm, we field many calls from people with questions about what happens when you slip, trip, or fall and injure yourself on someone else’s property. These cases—referred to as a slip and falls in the industry—spur a lot of controversies because the media tends to sensationalize the relatively rare windfall judgment. Nevertheless, it’s important to understand how these types of cases are treated and what your rights are if you’re injured.

Negligence on the Premises

While the chance to retire rich from slipping in a grocery store is intriguing, slip and fall accidents are anything but glamorous. You aren’t automatically entitled to compensation if you injure yourself on someone else’s property. Also, these cases can be difficult to litigate. The injuries you could suffer from slipping and falling are significant, so it’s wise to try to avoid these types of accidents and treat them properly if you do suffer one.

Prevention and Treatment

Slipping and falling on liquids, solids, or ice can cause severe injuries requiring a lengthy and costly recovery. Common injuries include broken bones, head trauma, and internal injuries. Property owners sometimes subject customers and guests to these risks, so stay aware of your surroundings. Be careful whenever it’s icy, and steer clear of liquid if you see it on the ground.

If you slip and injure yourself, get medical help as soon as possible. Minor injuries can become more severe if left untreated. Unseen injuries—such as concussions—should be treated right away. The recovery from a slip and fall accident can be a long one, especially if you suffer severe fractures or need ongoing physical therapy. This is particularly true for the elderly or those with brittle bones.

Proving Fault

After seeking medical care, your next step should be to call an attorney. To receive compensation, you will have to prove liability, which can be difficult to do. A business or property owner could be liable if it had a duty to provide a safe premises for customers and guests. If it did not provide a safe premises, you could be entitled to compensation if you were injured on the property. Typically, this compensation would include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. But first, the plaintiff must prove the business or property owner was—or should have been—aware of the unsafe condition, was responsible for it, and did nothing about it.

Seeking Compensation

It can be difficult to prove fault in slip and fall cases. Consult with an attorney if you are injured on someone else’s property. An attorney can help you parse out the details of the incident that could demonstrate liability. It’s crucial to call an attorney right away. Important pieces of evidence—such as pictures of the premises— that could make or break your case must be preserved. An attorney can take quick action in your case to give you the best chance of receiving compensation.

 

If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

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Ronald F. Wittmeyer, Jr. practices plaintiffs' personal injury law at his office in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

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