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Amusement Park Accidents on Rides
Amusement parks offer hours of joy and entertainment for many individuals, families and couples. Thrill rides, spinning rides and relaxing train treks or safari-type adventures beckon the masses to take a break, have some fun and get away from the hectic rat race of modern life. Amusement parks are an American tradition.
However, amusement park rides also can pose risks for injury and even death if not properly run, monitored and maintained. Thousands of people are injured in amusement park accidents each year. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed at an amusement park due to faulty operations of a park attraction, you may be entitled to compensation via a premises liability lawsuit against the responsible entity. Contact an attorney who specializes in premises liability cases to review the details of your accident and determine what the best course of action will be for seeking restitution for your financial or other losses.
Amusement Park Injuries and Premises Liability
Premises liability is a collection of laws designed to protect people who are on the property of another person or entity. This definition of property includes buildings, land or a location such as an amusement park. The rides, land, stores, food concessions and any other activities and locations within an amusement park’s property would be covered under premises liability law.
The amusement park’s ownership is responsible for the proper maintenance and repair of all park attractions, as well as all land and buildings associated with the park. The park’s ownership is also responsible for the actions of its employees, so if an employee fails to do his or her job and causes an injury, the park ownership is still liable for the damages involved in the amusement park accident.
It is the park’s duty to ensure that the following safety protocols are in place for ride safety at all times:
- Routine maintenance
- Training for employees
- Safety precautions such as restraints and safety instructions
- Employee supervision
If you’ve been injured in an amusement park accident, and a ride's malfunction can be linked to lack of proper care and due diligence on the part of the park ownership, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, any lost wages associated with your recovery from the related injury, and possibly pain and suffering.
Your attorney will help gather any documentation, evidence or photography required to support your claim. It may be necessary to request copies of maintenance records from the park or hire an investigator who can acquire the appropriate supporting information you will need to prove to the court that the park ownership failed to act responsibly in protecting you and others from ride malfunctions.
Premises Liability and Trespassing
There are some unique aspects to premises liability cases involving amusement parks. For example, if the injured party was trespassing (did not purchase a required ticket or present other valid entrance to the park) the laws of premises liability may not apply. It may be required that you prove that you were a paid guest or gained entrance by redeeming some type of free offer as part of the premises liability case. In many cases, parks issue bracelets or stamp your hand to show that you’re a guest, and this may suffice as proof that you were not trespassing when you were injured.
The Francis Law Group Specializes in Premises Liability Law
The Francis Law Group is experienced and knowledgeable about premises liability law. Our team is available to review accident details and work with you to build a case that will win you the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 888-327-2745 to set up a consultation to discuss your case with an attorney.