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Philadelphia Amusement Park Accident Lawyer
Amusement parks, fairs, and carnivals are a favorite form of entertainment for both the young and young at heart. Understandably, park visitors and guests expect these areas to be generally safe and well-maintained. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that each year, nearly 31,000 individuals across the country are rushed to emergency rooms due to amusement park, fair, and carnival injuries. When compared to motor vehicle accidents, injuries resulting from amusement park accidents are rather rare. After all, many amusement park accident injuries are minor in nature and lead to nothing more than scrapes and bruises. Other park accidents, on the other hand, can lead to extremely serious or even fatal injuries due to the extreme and potentially dangerous nature of certain rides. Some examples of amusement park accident injuries include traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, paralysis, whiplash, and even wrongful death.
Depending on the cause of an amusement park injury, an accident victim may hold liable amusement park ride operators, inspectors, subcontractors, and owners for any injuries and losses stemming from recklessness or negligence. Sometimes, more than one company may be partially or wholly responsible for paying the injury victim for sustained damages or losses.
At The Brod Law Firm, we understand how devastating an amusement park injury can be. We will thoroughly investigate your case to determine the party or parties responsible for your injuries, and help you fight for justice and full compensation.
Causes of Amusement Park Accidents
Though negligent or careless riders are often partially at fault for mishaps and resulting injuries in amusement parks, many other accidents are caused by the negligence of ride operators, park administration, and owners.
Some of the more common causes of amusement park accidents include:
- Unsupervised or untrained ride operators
- Operator misconduct or error
- Poor ride maintenance
- Defective parts or components
- Structural failure
- Slips and falls
- Hard stops
- Brake failure
- Ride malfunctions
- Falls from rides
- Ride ejection
- Failure to have a safety net
- Gasoline fires
- Snapping cables
Why Hire An Attorney
When it comes to amusement park accidents, park representatives or owners often refuse to settle a claim until a lawsuit is filed. They may even fight injury claims aggressively to dissuade other individuals from filing similar claims.
Sometimes, an amusement park or theme park may try to conceal the true cause of injury after an accident occurs. The park may also attempt to offer the victim a hurried settlement to evade negative publicity, or to avoid paying off a larger settlement once all medical expenses and the full nature of the injuries have been determined.
It is crucial to contact a knowledgeable attorney before statements are made to the park representative or owner or before any documents have been signed. It is unlikely that the park’s initial settlement offer can cover damages such as ongoing medical expenses and future losses.
Contact The Brod Law Firm
If you have been injured in an amusement park, fair, or carnival, you may be entitled to obtain compensation for present and future medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other economic and non-economic damages. To learn more, contact our Pennsylvania amusement park accident lawyers at The Brod Law Firm today for a free and confidential consultation.
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