Amusement parks are considered one of the joys of the summertime season. When thinking about the fun and thrill of roller coaster rides, it's easy to forget the dangers that are also associated. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) research, emergency rooms see an estimated 30,000 amusement park-related emergency room visits per year.
Common Amusement Park Related Injuries
Many injuries can be a result of an accident at an amusement park.
- Whiplash (usually occurs from being thrown from side to side on rides)
- Slips/Trips and falls (typically a result of uneven stairs or walking paths, or electrical cords not being maintained)
- Death (due to being thrown from a ride, not being adequately secured, or faulty equipment)
- Traumatic brain injury (can occur from the force of the rides)
- Neck and spinal cord injuries (mostly seen from bumper cars and coasters)
Causes of Amusement Park Injuries
The CPSC recognized several leading causes of amusement park injuries and deaths. Some of which include:
- Improper operation of the ride
- Mechanical failure
- Lack of maintenance
- Lack of security
Filing your claim
Before filing a claim, it's beneficial to consider working with a skilled attorney to help you prove the park was at fault for your injuries. The claim process can be challenging, making it easy to make a mistake. Working with a lawyer will ensure every element is submitted correctly, which will help avoid delayed or minimized payout amounts. Before filing your claim, there are necessary steps that must be taken to ensure a smoother process:
- Seek medical treatment – This should be the priority after an accident. Even if you feel fine, seeking medical attention is essential because symptoms of some injuries do not show up right away.
- Meet with a lawyer – The claim process can be stressful, and while recovering from your injuries, you should not have to worry about dealing with legal matters. Working with an attorney will assure you get adequate recovery time and a more successful outcome for your case
- Send a demand letter – Sometimes, personal injury claims can be settled before filing a civil lawsuit. This is another benefit to working with a skilled attorney because they will be able to access your case and give you the best options for moving forward.
- Filing your lawsuit – Be sure to file your lawsuit before both insurance and civil deadlines approach. Working with an attorney will assure you have the proper supporting documents and correct deadline dates.
We Can Help
With years of experience fighting amusement park accident claims, we understand how daunting the process can be. If you or someone you love has been injured at an amusement park as a result of someone else's negligence, we want to help you. Here at Kamper & Estrada, PLLC we are dedicated to helping you fight for your rights while you take the necessary time you need to recover. Let us be your voice.
Call our office today at (602) 230-1234 to schedule a free case review with a trusted member of our team.