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Improperly Secured Bounce House
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The Dangers of An Improperly Secured Bounce House

Last week a young girl from the United Kingdom died while playing in a bounce house. The death occurred when a strong gust of wind lifted the bounce house, with the girl inside, into the air sending it soaring a mile away from its original location. Atmospheric science professor John Knox states in a Washington Post article, there are a “documented 64 bounce house accidents due to wind worldwide since 2000” which include 271 injuries and 10 deaths.

Improperly Secured Bounce House Dangers

The importance of bounce house safety is something that cannot be overlooked. This is difficult in the state of Texas because bounce house safety regulation is very weak. Owning and operating regulations are very specific, but the safety portion does not specify how to safely anchor a bounce house to the ground.

Knox’s research shows these accidents occur when a sudden gust of wind lifts a improperly secured bounce house. Knox says “accidents typically occur away from big storms” and wind gust “seemingly come out of the blue.” The unpredictability of these strong wind gusts only further highlight the importance of securing a bounce house safely.  Small whirlwinds and waterspouts have also lifted up bounce house structures.

There are other risks involved when children play in bounce houses. The Academy of Pediatrics published a study in 2012 citing almost 65,000 injuries were reported from 1995 to 2010 in the U.S. That means roughly one injury every 46 minutes nationally. A majority of these injuries were fractures and sprains and 3.4% of injured children were hospitalized. The number of injuries increased 15-fold within the studied time period and the increase was similar to trampoline related injuries.

Bounce house-related child injuries are rising at an alarming rate. It is important to make sure you are using a reputable company with a good history to avoid any accidents that may occur. Be mindful of the weather conditions and never leave children unsupervised when playing in a bounce house.

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Incredible Hulk Coaster: 32 Passengers Rescued

The Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster broke down at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, leaving 32 people stranded on the ride for several hours. The ride stalled 50 feet from the platform due to a glitch, and the passengers were alerted of the situation 10 minutes later.

Some of the riders were able to escape onto a platform, and the rest were eventually rescued by firefighters using a ladder truck.

If you or a loved one was injured at an amusement park, then you should reach out to a personal injury attorney by calling 713-222-1222.

Pasadena Daycare Employee in Trouble after Shocking Video Footage was Released

An investigation is taking place after an employee at a Pasadena daycare was caught on video yanking a 6 month old baby around twice. The first time, she grabbed the baby’s head when it tried to sit up and forced it back into a lying position. The second time, she grabbed the baby’s arm and pulled it back down again.

The mother is upset by this behavior and has found a new daycare center. Over the last 2 years, Texans Learning Center has received 14 deficiencies from inspector Gwen Carter, with 5 of them being high-risk.

If you suspect that your daycare may be mistreating your child, it’s important to take immediate action. Call a qualified child injury attorney by dialing 713-222-1222.

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When Fun Turns Tragic: An In-Depth Look at Bounce House Accidents in 2014

There have been a high number of bounce house accidents in the year 2014. Part of this is due to the fact that more and more people are choosing to own these inflatable fun houses privately. Despite proper set up and supervision in these cases, the fun houses are blown into the air by strong gusts of wind, sometimes in the direction of other people and sometimes when a child is still inside.

Owning a bounce house comes with its inherent risks; however, some of those risks are needlessly created by the corporations, owners, manufacturers and operators. Let’s take a look at the top bounce house injuries from 2014.

Two Boys Injured in Upstate New York

In May of 2014, three young children in Upstate New York fell nearly two stories after a gust of wind blew away the inflatable house that they were playing in. The playhouse was swept 15 to 20 feet into the air after a gust of wind came through the backyard. One of the young boys, age 6, landed in the middle of the street and was airlifted to a hospital in serious condition with broken bones. The second boy, age 5, fell out of the house and into a parking lot, banging his head on the back of a parked car on his way down. He suffered a serious head injury and was airlifted to the nearest medical center. The third child, a 10-year-old girl, was also injured with scrapes and a minor shoulder injury. A police investigation determined that the children were well supervised and that the inflated house was properly staked to the ground; however, the gust of wind proved to be too strong for the plastic stakes.

800-Pound Inflatable Playhouse Tossed 300-Feet in Colorado

In June, an inflatable fun house in Littleton Colorado was tossed 300 feet by a gust of wind. After the wind hit the inflated house, one young girl was immediately thrown out of the house but an 11-year-old boy stayed inside until the house was secure. It seemed that the house was properly staked into the ground, but the 800-pound bouncy house was blown away by 30 MPH wind.

Child in Kansas City Incurs Brain Injury in Inflatable House

Later in June, one child in Kansas City was injured in a bouncy house accident that, for once, did not have to do with high winds. The young boy, age 8, was having a great time playing in an inflatable playhouse with children one Saturday afternoon. Not long after leaving, however, his parents noticed him not acting like himself and took him to the hospital. Doctors discovered that the boy had bleeding outside of his brain, which was due to being knocked around with other kids. Sadly, better supervision could have prevented this from happening.

Inflatable Slide Flies into the Air in Nevada

During a 4th of July carnival in Sparks Nevada, a small dust devil blew an inflated slide 3 stories into the air. A child had just stepped off the slide moments before the whirlwind came through. The carnival workers had just finished their safety checks of the slide and were about to open it up to more kids. No children were on the slide as it blew away, but two bystanders were injured and hospitalized due to flying debris.

Toddlers Swept away in Bounce House in New Hampshire

Very recently, a toddler in New Hampshire was hospitalized after being swept 30 feet into the air in an inflated fun house. The house was said to have traveled 50 feet before it finally crashed. The 2-year-old boy was severely injured, while his 3-year-old brother suffered from less serious injuries. The accident occurred as a result of zero supervision, as the playhouse was not open to the public and not properly fastened to the ground.

The rise of bounce house accidents in the last several years has been alarming. Statistically, these accidents have risen 1,500% between 1995 and 2010. Researchers and officials have revealed that 31 children alone were injured per day in 2010, equating to one child injured by an inflatable house every 45 minutes. While some of these accidents cause only minor scrapes and bruises, others lead to traumatic injuries and hospitalizations.

What is to be taken away from these bounce house accidents? While owning an inflatable playhouse does come with risks, the injuries listed above were a result of fault on the part of the supervisor, operator, or manufacturer. In some cases, the playhouse was properly staked to the ground, but the stakes were made of materials not strong enough to withstand high winds. In others, the children were injured as a result of poor supervision or none at all.

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Bounce House Injuries: Do I Have a Case?

One story that is heard far too often is one where a child and their parents go to a party or event and the child ends up injured while using a bounce house. Bounce houses are popular attractions for children because of the fun they provide, but they’re also one of the most dangerous and resulted in at least 4,900 injuries in only a three year period. Those who have a child injured as the result of using a bounce house can determine if they have a case and are eligible to receive compensation.

Causes of the Injury

There are numerous ways children can be injured while using a bounce house, but most of the reasons fall into one of three categories, and they are:

  • Negligence – Negligence is a broad term that can be attributed to almost any party tasked with manufacturing, maintaining or operating a bounce house. If a person fails to fulfill an obligation to prevent an unsafe environment they are considered negligent and likely responsible for damages.
  • Operator Error – Those who operate the bounce house have a responsibility to make sure this device is safe when it is in use. Examples of operator error include not ensuring it is adequately inflated or failing to keep track of the number of children inside the bounce house at all times.
  • Product Defect – If the bounce house itself is defective in some way, this can lead to serious injuries. This not only includes defects in manufacturing, but also design flaws that make the use of the bounce house more dangerous.

Responsible Parties

There are three primary groups or persons who can be held responsible for bounce house injuries that occur, and they include:

  • Manufacturers – Those who manufacture bounce houses must make sure these products are safe before they are ever used by the public. If the product causes harm even when used properly this shows liability.
  • Renters – Renters are often individuals or businesses that own the bounce house and charge customers to use it. These individuals are tasked with making sure the bounce house is maintained and safe before it is rented out and used.
  • Operators – Operators can be held liable if their actions or negligence lead to children being injured.

Awards

If a parent is successful in their litigation against on of the above-mentioned parties they will often be eligible to receive compensation for things such as medical bills and lost wages due to the need to care for their children. In cases where extreme negligence is proven, parents may also be entitled to damages for the pain and suffering their child endured. The best way to win a negligence case is to hire a personal injury attorney. The sooner you hire your attorney, the more likely you are to win your case as evidence tends to disappear over time.

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A Look back at Child Safety in 2014

How much fun is too much fun? A look at child safety incidents in 2014 might give you an idea. When it comes to protecting your children, sometimes storing the matches out of reach and encouraging them to “look both ways” just isn’t enough. Check out this overview of accidents involving kids over the last year.

An Independent Slide

In an incident that was simply too close for comfort, a giant inflatable slide was whooshed 3 stories into the sky of Sparks, Nevada at a Fourth of July carnival. The slide landed three hundred feet away from its original position, according to witnesses.

Luckily, there were no children on the slide during the time of flight. Ironically enough, however, the carnival employees had just finished safety checks and were about to invite more children onto the slide. One child had been on it only minutes before the slide blew away.

This marked the third bouncy house accident over the course of three months.

A Not-So-Amusing Amusement Park

It turns out that Six Flags Magic Mountain doesn’t have the best relationship with its environment. One Monday in July, four people were seriously injured at the Six Flags ride in Santa Clarita, California when a tree fell on the tracks.

Two of these individuals were taken to a local hospital, while the other two were left dangling 20-30 feet above the ground for hours. Firefighters eventually rescued the dangling riders.

This was the second roller coaster accident that week. Only days before the incident, on June 30, a SeaWorld San Diego ride lost power and left its riders stranded for hours.

Danger Care

Several tragic events in August led to the deaths of children due to unlicensed daycare facilities. The first was a 2-year-old girl who was scalded by her bathwater at 9:30pm in Houston. The caretaker did not call 911 or take her to the hospital for several hours, as she was unaware of any harm.

The poor little girl had second and third degree burns on 60% of her body. In a chilling response, her mother’s screams could be heard throughout her apartment complex later that night.

Later that week in Houston, a 2-year-old boy was found dead in his crib for reasons unknown. There was no evidence of foul play. However, the caretaker was also not licensed, and prompted police to further investigate the facility.

Finally, in Wilmington, an 18-month-old child died after being kept alive on life support for several days. The cause of death was injuries from physical abuse that left the child brain dead after cutting off blood flow to her head.

The 22-year-old mother left the child at what she believed was a state-licensed daycare facility, where the injuries occurred. It was later discovered that the caretaker wasn’t licensed, which launched a full criminal investigation by police.

Go-Kart Mayhem

One teen’s day out went from thrilling to killing when she crashed her go-kart into a fence and died from fatal injuries. In a Formula Junior solo race, 14-year-old Kierstin Eaddy could not stop at the finish line. Instead, she seemed to accelerate, leading her to crash through a fence.

An experienced autocross racer with the Sports Car Club of America at the time, Kierstin was wearing her helmet and safety gear for the race. The crash, however, stripped her of her helmet as she came to a stop in a large field. She was airlifted to Harris Methodist Hospital, where she tragically died of her injuries.

The Wheels on the Bus Runaway and Crash

Apparently, you can’t even trust that your kids will get home safely from school anymore. There have been some ridiculous school bus accidents in 2014, some leading to multiple injuries and hospitalizations.

In late April, a mishap occurred that did not result in injuries, but was no less terrifying. A bus driver simply walked off the bus after handing the keys to one of the children. The driver explained her frustration was due to noisy children not listening to her commands to calm down.

Later in 2014, further negligence led a runaway bus to hit one child on its way into a ditch. The incidence was a result of the driver forgetting to place the bus in park as he left for the restroom. Fortunately, the child’s injuries were non-life-threatening and would fully recover.

What do these events say about child safety today? Simply put: Accidents happen. You can keep your kids in houses that are filled with more than air and do avoid go-karting as a hobby, but people will always make mistakes.

If your child has been injured due to negligence, then it’s important that you speak with an experienced personal injury attorney today.

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The True Facts about Common Child Daycare Injuries

Childcare settings are all about educating children through games and activities. But when something goes wrong, you might begin to question every detail of what goes on at your child’s daycare. To gain a better understanding, let’s start with our own game of “True or False.”

  • Licensed childcare facilities have a legal responsibility to prevent and report any and all child injuries that occur. This is, of course, true.
  • Childcare professionals should be trained on how to respond to any and all injuries that might occur to children under their care. Again, this statement is true.
  • If your child is injured while at daycare, it is a result of abuse and should be treated and documented as such. False!

In fact, the most common injuries that occur in a daycare setting are unintentional and not a result of abuse at all. You can’t always keep your children happy, but when you drop them off at daycare, you at least want to know that they’ll be safe. Yet while childcare providers ought to be attentive and experienced enough to prevent injuries, sometimes accidents still happen.

As a parent or guardian, you’re bound to worry about your kids and what could happen to them. Worrying is normal, but an excessive amount of anxiety can be unhealthy for you and your children. One important thing to know is that while sometimes a child’s injury at daycare can be severe, it doesn’t necessarily indicate abuse.

Unintentional Daycare Injuries

Hopefully if a child gets injured while at daycare, it was an accident. That being said, even accidents can result in serious consequences. Here are the most common unintentional injuries that children face in a daycare setting:

  • Minor injuries, such as cuts, scrapes and bruises
  • Severe injuries, such as dislocations, broken bones, head or neck injuries, internal injuries and dental injuries
  • Unintentional poisoning
  • Drowning or near-drowning
  • Burns
  • Choking or suffocation

As you may have noticed, some of these injuries are much more severe than others. Parents of very young children, however, have less reason to worry. Reports indicate that the rates of injury are low for infants, and actually increase with the age of the child. Children between the ages of two and five are more susceptible to getting inured at daycare. Meanwhile, at age five, the rate of injuries is higher for boys because they tend to be involved in more active physical play than five-year-old girls.

How and Where Does It Happen?

Falling is the leading cause of child injuries at daycare. Not surprisingly, 50 to 60 percent of childcare injuries take place on the playground, where kids tend to fall down left and right as they climb over each other to get to the slide and struggle to make it across the monkey bars. Sometimes other objects, such as furniture or toys, are involved in children getting injured at daycare. One kid fighting another over a toy might trip over whatever’s lying on the ground and bang their head on the way down. It is the responsibility of the childcare supervisor to step in before that happens, but sometimes these things happen so fast that he or she can’t get there in time.

Other injuries that definitely indicate oversight or carelessness, but can still be considered unintentional, are when a child gets cut by a sharp edge, burned by a hot surface or hot water or poisoned by toxic materials. It’s also worth noting that sometimes children get injured in a car or bus while being transported to a field trip location.

Intentional Injuries

When it comes to a daycare setting, intentional injuries are less common. They are generally a result of an overly aggressive child or, worst-case scenario, a caretaker committing acts of child abuse. Some children engage in aggressive behavior because of behavioral problems that can either be genetic or a result of their home environment. For instance, it’s not uncommon for a child with parents going through a divorce to become aggressive in a daycare setting. Parents and childcare supervisors can help these children out by remaining sensitive to their emotional needs, reinforcing coping skills and encouraging them to take part in other physical activities that release anger, such as kicking a ball or running.

If your child comes home with unexplained or repeated injuries, or injuries that don’t make sense such as bruises in the shape of an object or broken bones in a child that can’t walk or climb, this might indicate abuse. If you have any suspicions that your child is being abused at daycare, don’t hesitate to contact your local police department as soon as possible.

*Image courtesy of Jesse Millan

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Go-Karting Injuries: Can I Sue If I Signed an Injury Waiver?

Go-karts can be an exciting and adventurous experience for your thrill-seeking kid, but they can also be very dangerous. Simply put, a go-kart accident, even with proper safety equipment, rarely results in zero injuries. Below are the types of injuries that typically result from go-kart accidents, listed in order of seriousness:

  • Loss of limb, traumatic head or brain injuries, ocular or eye injuries, hip or femur injuries, lacerations, fractures, internal injuries and burns.
  • Contusions and abrasions, strains and sprains, hematomas and dislocations.
  • Punctures, avulsions, headaches, aches and pains, or hypertension.

As anyone can see, most injuries that come from go-kart accidents, even many of those that are less serious, require medical attention. While go-karting is considered an extreme sport and therefore comes with its associated risks, there is still room to be compensated in the event that a tragic injury occurs.

What Happens If You Signed a Waiver? Can You Sue?

Though the law varies from state to state, it is generally pretty likely that you can get around a signed waiver in the event that a serious, documented go-kart injury occurred. There are two main reasons why a go-kart racing facility will have you sign a waiver:

  • To make you aware of the risk you’re taking on the racetrack and in doing so, encourage you to act more safely while racing.
  • To deter you from filing a lawsuit in the event that an injury occurs.

The second reason for having you sign the waiver is surprisingly very effective. Most people don’t even bother filing a lawsuit because they assume that the waiver will deter any pursuit of legal action from actually taking place. However, this is not actually the case.

In order for a waiver to be effective and enforceable, it needs to have incorporated two very important details:

  • Clear and obvious wording whenever the actual release is stated, making it easy to see. This can be in the form of bold print, all caps or a colored font.
  • Language that is easy for the average person to read and understand.

Most often, waivers contain the important details in fine print or heavy wording. While this might give the go-kart racetrack operator some peace of mind, it actually bodes poorly for the business because it opens them up to liability in the event of an injury.

Let’s Talk about Go-Kart Negligence

Regardless of whether or not you signed a waiver, the business has a duty of care to all persons using the go-kart facilities. In some cases, an injury occurs due to some form of negligence. If you suspect this has occurred, the best thing to do is gather evidence around your theory that negligence has indeed occurred.

What types of situations indicate negligence? One common form of negligence is the event in which the driver had a defective go-kart, as it is the facility’s responsibility to maintain its go-karts for the safety of the driver. Sometimes, however, a go-kart is defective because of its design. If this is the case, liability for your child’s injury can reach all the way up to the manufacturer of the product.

Other cases of negligence involve a failure to warn. This means that poor or lack of signage could have caused a driver to misinterpret the severity of a sharp turn, leading them to crash. Lastly, improper maintenance could have caused a roadblock in the racetrack that led drivers to crash as well.

Consider Taking Legal Action

If you suspect negligence was a factor in your child’s go-kart injury, your next step should be to gather evidence. If you can get a video of the incident, that would be invaluable as evidence. If not, however, you might be able to build a case with eyewitness accounts.

Go-kart accidents are no laughing matter and often result in very serious injuries. If you or your child has suffered injury from a go-kart accident, don’t let a waiver intimidate you out of filing a lawsuit. Holding someone liable for you or your child’s injuries can significantly help by providing compensation for medical bills, physical and emotional suffering and expenses on the road to recovery.

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What Should I do If My Child Is Injured at a Park or Playground?

It’s all fun and games until someone falls off the monkey bars. Not surprisingly, most injuries that take place at school and daycare facilities happen on the playground. Children get let out for recess to let off some steam, and sometimes that can lead to a game of rough housing being taken a little too far.
Most of the time injuries on the playground are harmless, however, the Centers for Disease Control reports that more than 200,000 children under the age of 15 end up in the emergency room after being injured on the playground. Of those injuries, nearly 45 percent are serious, meaning that they result in bone fractures or dislocations, strangulation, internal damage, or eye and head trauma.

Even if your child’s injuries from the playground are less serious, there are a number of factors that can determine who is liable. The tricky part about playground injuries is that nearly anyone can be considered liable for negligence. As a parent, your first step is to gather evidence around how the injury occurred. Below are a few examples of situations where liability is an obvious factor in what caused your child’s injury:

1. Lack of Supervision

Most playground injuries where liability is a factor are a result of negligence on whoever was supposed to be supervising the children. A school or daycare that owns the playground has a responsibility to protect the children who use it. If you believe that your child was injured as a result of negligence, you’ll need evidence to prove that the injury was foreseeable and preventable. Access to photographs and videos would be ideal; but if those aren’t available, look into finding eyewitness accounts.

2. Equipment Failure

Let’s say that you take your daughter to the playground and push her a couple of times on the swing before that swing breaks. Now your daughter is in the emergency room with a broken arm – who should be paying for her medical bills? The answer is: whoever owns and maintains the property. This could mean a school or your local department of parks and recreation. Regardless, if there was a problem with the swing, the property owner should have either fixed it or posted clear and visible signs indicating that the swing was in bad shape.

Keep in mind that if you and your child were trespassing, by way of being there after hours or using a private playground that you didn’t have access to, the property owner cannot be made liable for your child’s injuries.

3. Animal Bites

Sometimes parents bring their dog along with their children to a public playground. In the event that this dog becomes aggressive, perhaps because of loud noises or children taunting it, and bites your child, you can hold the animal’s owner responsible. If this particular playground allows for dogs to be present, it might be worth bringing the issue to the property owner and advocating for a separate dog park.

4. Child-on-Child Injuries

Some children are known to be aggressive and exhibit bad or threatening behavior. If your child gets into an altercation with an aggressive child, and it results in injury, you are undoubtedly going to be inclined to go after the parents. While this is within your prerogative, there are other factors that should be considered if this incident happened at school.

  • Does the said child have a documented history of aggression?
  • Did your child partake in any aggressive behaviors during the incident? I.e. biting, pushing, hitting, etc.
  • Could the situation have been preventable with proper supervision?

If any or all of these factors are true, you might have a case in which the school is also liable for your child’s injury.

5. Slips, Trips and Falls

Children trip, slip, and fall all the time on playgrounds. This could be as harmless as a child tripping over their shoelaces or as serious as falling over a protruding nail. Certain cases where a child trips or falls can be a result of property failure. Other cases involve carelessness or lack of supervision on the part of the child’s caretaker. A few examples are as follows:

  • Elevated rubber flooring
  • Trash or debris left in the way
  • Protruding nails or carelessly placed large rocks
  • Too thick of sand in the sandbox
  • Sprinkler or rain water left to pool

If your child tripped, slipped or fell because of any of the reasons above, and your child’s injuries resulted in the need for medical attention, you might have a case for personal injury.

When it comes to filing for insurance, you’ll need to have all your ducks in a row. Insurance companies are not known for being overly empathetic or easily intimidated, so your child’s injuries need to be medically documented before filing for any type of insurance.

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Amusement Park Accidents: Were Attendants Negligent?

It’s some people’s worst fear. You strap yourself in, and hear the clicking of the gears as your ride’s car gets pulled higher and higher up the hill. Then, as you start to slow down, just before you roll over the hill, the anticipation rises. You wait for the ride to speed up, to plummet at top speeds towards the ground at almost a 90-degree angle, but for one long, agonizing pause, you wonder, “What if?”

What if the ride stops right here and I’m waiting 200 feet above the ground for hours? What if my seatbelt comes loose and I’m left only with my arms to cling for dear life as I zoom upside down? What if a tree falls on the tracks and the coaster derails? Or the worst thought of all… What if someone I trust isn’t paying attention to his job, and a serious accident takes place?

Unfortunately, negligence does happen at amusement parks. While sometimes this just means that your kid didn’t get the prize he had bargained for when he tossed some rings over bottles, other times it can lead to much more serious outcomes. But before you can begin to understand whether or not your accident at the park was a result of negligence, you first have to understand what negligence means.

What Is Negligence?

In the court of law, negligence follows its dictionary definition, “failure to take proper care in doing something.” This can mean many things in a personal injury lawsuit. A negligent nurse could fail to take proper care of a debilitated patient, resulting in bedsores or abuse. A negligent storeowner might forget to put up a “Caution: Floor Wet” sign after mopping, causing an unknowing visitor to slip and injure himself. In any case of negligence, it’s assumed that the person responsible was aware of the proper actions that should’ve been taken and also of the possible harm that could take place otherwise.

There are four truths that must be proven in order to have a successful negligent case, and they are as follows:

  • That the person or party being sued did have a duty of care to you
  • That the person or party failed to provide that duty of care
  • That the act of negligence led to your personal injury
  • That the personal injury exists and can be documented

There are lawyers that specialize in amusement park accidents that you can contact in the case of a personal injury to find out if negligence was a factor. If it was, you can be compensated in multiple ways, such as for hospital bills, ruined property during accident, mental anguish, and more.

Negligence at Amusement Parks

Some amusement park accidents are not results of negligence, and it’s up to your lawyer and the park to determine if that is so. If you have a pre-existing condition such as one that might cause seizures and the roller coaster triggers a reaction, you might not have a case for negligence. However, if your injury or accident is due to improper maintenance, missing safety gear, or an operator error, that is another story.

Unfortunately, the data for accidents at amusement parks is a heavily guarded secret. Usually when lawsuits are filed, they result in confidential settlements. Because of this, consumers are left in the dark about which parks are safe to visit and which rides are safe for families and children.

There are many factors that might indicate liability in an amusement park accident. Just a few of these are operator behavior, improper operation, loose cables, failure of safety lock, abrupt starts and stops, failure to shut off, lack of maintenance procedures and lack of safety harness.

Consider the Facts

It might be that the best way to avoid injury at an amusement park due to negligence is to not visit them in the first place. Every year, 270,000,000 people visit theme and amusement parks every year. Of the accidents and injuries that occur at them each year, approximately 4,400 are children. For some reason, women 1.5 times more likely to be injured at an amusement or theme park than men, regardless of age and size.

If you or a loved one does experience an accident or injury at a theme or amusement park, the best solution is to contact an amusement park lawyer. Many amusement parks, such as all those in Florida, are exempt from state regulatory law, making it even harder to file a lawsuit in the event of personal injury. Ultimately, the best way that you can protect yourself and your loved ones from harm at amusement parks is to become aware of the problem and help to educate others.

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