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Amusement Park Accidents 

Amusement Park Accidents

According to the NSC (National Safety Council), over 3,200 fatalities and almost 11,800 serious injuries occurred in our nations amusement parks between 2003 and 2010.   
The owners and operators of amusement parks have a legal responsibility to ensure that the people who visit their parks are safe and are not involved in amusement park accidents. This responsibility includes ensuring that the property, and the attractions on the property, are properly maintained and kept in a reasonably safe condition. If an amusement park injury occurs, and that injury could have been prevented if the amusement park took reasonable steps, the injured person may be able to sue for compensation for any of their injuries.  

Causes of Amusement Park Injuries

  • Mechanical malfunction or failure of the ride.  For example,  missing or broken safety pins, broken welds or structural components, exposed electrical wires or malfunctioning lap bars or other safety restraints. 
  • Improper Maintenance  
  • Improper operation of the ride. For example, the operator incorrectly latches a seat belt or abruptly stops the ride.
  • Passenger misuse or failure to follow instructions. For example, a rider intentionally rocks a car, stands up mid-ride, unlatches safety restraints, sits improperly, or holds a child above the safety restraint.
  • Inherent nature of the ride. Even without any mechanical defect, operation error, or rider misuse, an amusement park ride may still cause an injury simply because of the nature of the ride itself.  Consumers have reported cases of headache, dizziness and loss of consciousness, associated with the extremely rapid spinning of some amusement park rides.  Riders have also reported neck and back injuries, whiplash, broken bones, heart attacks and internal injuries. 
  • Falls -  Injuries and fatalities have also occurred after passengers have fallen from rides such as Ferris wheels or sky baskets.   

    If you or someone you know has been involved in any amusement park accident, it is important to talk to a qualified personal injury attorney without delay.  Having an attorney can protect and maximize your best interests and can facilitate your recovery of damages in these types of situations. Unlike many other lawyers and law firms in California, we pride ourselves as giving our clients the service and attention they expect and deserve.  Once we accept your accident injury claim, an investigation is immediately started and swift action is taken to secure and preserve evidence pertinent to your claim. We work with accident experts to determine why the accident happened, and utilize medical experts to support your claim for the full extent of your injuries, and will work expeditiously to obtain for you the maximum compensation allowed by law.

    Owners and operators of amusement parks may be liable for a wide variety of damages that an accident can cause, including but not limited to the following:

  • Medical Costs: You may recover the medical expenses you incur in treating your injuries. These costs may include bills incurred for treatment by hospitals, physicians, emergency rooms, ambulances and paramedics and physical therapists, and the cost of any needed medical devices. The cost of anticipated future medical costs may be recovered as well.
  • Pain and Suffering, Disability, and Mental and Emotional Distress: You may recover damages for physical pain, disfigurement and discomfort, disability from engaging in work or recreational activities and any type of mental or emotional distress or trauma you suffer as a result of the accident.
  • Loss of Earnings and Earning Capacity: You can recover damages for the amount of money you would have earned between the time of your injury and the settlement or judgment. You may also recover damages for lost earning capacity if your ability to earn money has been impaired.
  • Other Economic and Out of Pocket Costs: In addition to the economic costs associated with the items described above, you may recover damages for other economic harm and out of pocket expenses.
where do i start?
You have found the best possible law firm for individuals injured in amusement park accidents.

Pirrone & Pirrone can assist you in obtaining the best possible compensation for your injuries. We completely understand the complexity of these types of accidents and the legalities required for proper and fair compensation. 

The next step is to discuss your accident  and evaluate your injuries so we can determine your future legal needs. We can prepare your case in a way that insurance companies understand and accept. We will help you to fully document all aspects of your case including your injuries and the circumstances of your accident. 

Do not delay.  Call or e-mail us today, so we can start resolving your case quickly and efficiently.   


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