We go to amusement parks to spend an enjoyable day with family and friends. The majority of these venues are generally safe and leave scores of visitors with happy memories. However, accidents can, and do happen, and when they do, the outcome can be devastating because the typical ride involves sudden turns, extreme spinning, fast speeds and/or extreme heights. Everything that contributes to a “thrill” can also make a ride dangerous or even deadly.

Some of the factors that make a ride potentially unsafe include:

  • Machinery defects
  • Inadequate operator training
  • Poor equipment maintenance
  • Improper operation
  • Failure to provide proper safety instructions to riders

Any of these oversights or omissions can put you and those you love at risk for injuries like the following:

  • Deep bruising and broken bones
  • Severe whiplash
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Connective tissue injuries
  • Partial or complete paralysis
  • Brain injuries
  • Catastrophic falls
  • Death

Like other facilities that invite the public to enjoy its attractions, amusement park owners and managers have a duty to keep their grounds and equipment safe and in proper working order. Failure to do one or both can expose the manager(s) to premises or product liability lawsuits.

  • Premises liability deals with injuries caused by a property owner’s failure to keep their property safe or to warn guests or visitors of known dangers. Premises liability addresses amusement park injuries such as slips and falls and incidents that occur in dangerous areas. Examples include open holes that lack proper safety barriers or signage.
  • Product liability requires amusement park managers and owners to keep their equipment and products safe for public If a person is injured or killed by a defective ride, either the park or the manufacturer can be held liable. Examples include broken safety harnesses or water slide malfunctions.

If you or someone you love has been injured during an excursion at an amusement park, seek medical attention immediately so that your injuries can be properly documented. Then contact a New York personal injury attorney immediately, so that you can initiate a claim for:

  • Present and ongoing medical expenses
  • Rehabilitative costs
  • Loss of wages and future earnings
  • Past and future pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death (and associated costs such as funeral bills)

You will likely hear from the insurance company and/or legal counsel for the amusement park owners, who could try for a fast settlement to avoid any bad publicity. If this happens, beware: such settlements are typically nominal payouts and insufficient to cover the expenses, damages, and losses related to your injury. Your attorney will ensure that all the facts are investigated to the fullest so that you can get the maximum compensation that you are entitled to. Jayson Lutzky is a personal injury and accident attorney who has helped recover millions of dollars for his clients. He offers free in-person consultation at his Bronx, New York office and can be reached at 718-514-6619. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more about his firm’s services.