As per a report issued by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were close to 8,800 people injured in amusement parks in the United States in 2006.
These numbers only reflect those injuries that were serious enough to require emergency department treatment in hospitals, which means that the total number is actually higher. An additional 3,600 injuries were sustained on inflatable amusement park rides, such as moon bounces and inflatable rides, and another 3,100 injuries were sustained on public water slides.
Common Questions about Amusement Park Accidents in New York
Here is a look at some of the most commonly asked questions about amusement park accidents and injuries in New York:
Q1: What are amusement park injuries?
A: Amusement park injuries can range from broken bones, whiplash and minor injuries to heart attacks, neck and back injuries, paralysis, serious internal injuries and in some cases, even death.
Any sort of injury that may be sustained while you are in the amusement park premises, whether it is while waiting in line, on a ride, watching a show, walking through the park, eating in a diner on the grounds, or even waiting in a queue in a restroom, could result in a potential claim against the owner, workers or operators of the New York amusement park. Furthermore, if you are injured while on a ride, the ride’s designer, manufacturer and/or operator could also face a lawsuit.
Q2: What claims can I file after an amusement park accident?
A: Depending on the circumstances of the injuries sustained, claims that you can file include personal injury, slip and fall injury, negligence, defective product and wrongful death claims.
Q3: What is the legal responsibility that amusement park owners have to their guests?
A: Amusement park owners in New York, or any other place, have a legal responsibility to make sure that their property and all attractions are properly maintained, reasonably free from hazards and kept in a reasonably safe condition. It is the responsibility of the owners and operators to ensure that reasonable steps are taken to prevent an accident or injury from taking place.
The staff must be properly trained to operate rides and other attractions and personnel should be certified as necessary for their jobs. Proper safety equipment must also be maintained and provided to guests as requited, such as flotation devices or life preservers for rapid water rides, wave pools, etc.
Q4: What legal action can I take if a family member died in an amusement park?
A: If a member of your family died due to injuries sustained in an amusement park accident and the accident was caused by negligence on the part of the park’s owner, operator or any other staff member, it may be possible for you to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party responsible for the accident.
The statute of limitations varies from state to state, so you should talk to an attorney to find out about laws in New York for amusement park accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an amusement park accident caused by negligence, you should immediately seek the counsel of the skilled and experienced personal injury attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280.
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