Amusement Park Injury Liability
Amusement park visitors should be cautious. Even though a ride seems safe with the large volume of users and consistent use of each rides, routine safety checks are normally missed. These checks normally only occur when a ride breaks down. However, it can be too late for many.
Amusement Parks Lack State Protections
Each state has its own laws to govern amusement parks. However, financial and personnel constraints leave many amusement parks to self-monitor. This can lead to many businesses choosing profits over safety. Plus, if a fair travels from place to place, it is difficult to monitor the safety as well. These rides are constantly being set up and disbanded and are more prone to breaking.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has released national regulations, however, the agency does not inspect or enforce them. Some states don’t even have a state agency to inspect rides. These include:
Florida has state inspectors responsible for ride safety. Big parks like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World must have its own. But, Florida is not the norm.
Disneyland and Six Flags theme parks across the country do not face federal regulation. There are no uniform standards for rides or mandatory inspection intervals. Plus, there isn’t any training required to operate these rides.
Gather Evidence Before Filing a Claim
To help your claim, it is important to gather evidence. This includes having photographic evidence of the scene of the accident, written statements of conversations with park employees and recorded actions of the park after the accident.
It is most important to seek medical attention afterward. Even if you don’t think the injury is serious, it is imperative to have a medical professional assess the extent of your injuries.
Another important avenue is to document all losses. This includes lost wages, missed business opportunities, costs for treatment or in-home care. Plus, keep all insurance and hospital paperwork. These invoices and insurance payments are crucial.
But, do not talk to anyone about your injuries. Saying the wrong thing to opposing counsel or an insurance adjuster can ruin a claim. Make sure to have a dedicated professional like those found at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm help you navigate during this difficult time.
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The Michael Brady Lynch Firm has over 30 years of combined experience litigating personal injury and wrongful death claims. Our legal team is available to consult with individuals who have suffered injury at any of amusement parks or local fairs.