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California is home to the largest collection of amusements parks in the west coast. Every year thousands of children and adults are injured due to negligent conditions at such facilities and many times leaving the injured party to bear the cost associated with the harm.

Amusement Park and Roller Coaster Accident and Injury Statistics:
  • According to published statistics there are between 10,000 and 12,000 amusement ride injuries every year.
  • The Majority of amusement park injuries take place during the summer months from May to August
  • There have been a reported 50 amusement park ride deaths over the past decade, 15 of them from roller coasters, 5 from water based rides, and 10 from whirling rides

Injuries at such theme parks can often times are serious which cause long term injuries, both physical and psychological. If you have suffered any injury at a theme park, amusement park, circus attraction or street fair, contact our amusement park  injury attorneys for a free consultation and case evaluation of your claim.  Based on the type of harm suffered you can recover for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and other related injuries. The statute of limitations in California varies for the type of injury so it is important to immediately file your case in order to preserve your rights.

Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our personal injury lawyers have decades of experience handling all sorts of claims, including those stemming from incidents at amusement parks. We are completely dedicated to our clients and getting them the highest recovery possible. If you are ready to explore the legal options available to us, contact us immediately.

Causes of Theme Park Accidents

Theme parks are not required by law to report injuries or fatalities which occur on their property to any single agency. While amusement parks are not considered to be dangerous there are a number of accidents which occur leaving the injured party with long term medical injuries. Whether it is operator negligence or a malfunctioning ride, serious injury are likely to occur. Our research shows that most injuries are related to operator negligence where the ride operator either suddenly stops the ride or fails to stop the ride appropriately. Such injuries generally cause mild to severe neck and spine injuries. Other related injuries include abrupt stopping, restraint malfunctioning or derailed rides.

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Other Possible Accidents at Amusement Parks

In addition to incidents that are specifically related to rides and attractions, many other types of accidents are possible. These incidents include the following:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Trip and fall accidents
  • Falling object incidents
  • Assault and battery incidents
  • Sexual assault incidents

All of these incidents are associated with specific hazards.

For instance, slip and fall accidents are associated with slip hazards, such as wet floors, slippery surfaces, recently mopped/waxed floors, leaks, spills, littered floors, etc. Trip and fall accidents are also associated with hazards on the floor; specifically, trip and fall hazards include broken concrete, uneven floors, broken sidewalks, potholes, exposed wiring, blocked walkways, etc.

Falling object incidents are significantly different, since the hazard normally comes from above. Overhead signs, posters, light fixtures, ceiling fans, shelves, and specific to amusement parks, rides, etc. that are not properly installed or maintained can fall and strike anyone who is standing, sitting, or walking below.

Assault and battery incidents and sexual assault incidents, alike, are normally associated with the hazards created due to a lack of security (including no on-site security guards), a lack of surveillance cameras, isolated areas, poorly lit areas, etc. In some cases, assault and battery incidents and sexual assault incidents can also be associated with negligent hiring and supervising when the attack occurs at the hands of an employee.

Regardless of the specific incident suffered, a number of injuries are likely.

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Common Injuries Include
  • Spine and Neck Injuries;
  • Patrons body hitting another person or an element inside the vehicle or ride;
  • Pain from the ride’s normal motion;
  • Falls and ejection mid-ride;
  • Getting into or out of the ride;
  • Illness triggered by riding or restraint injury.

These injuries are associated specifically with the amusement park rides. However, all of the other accidents mentioned above that are not ride-specific can also lead to injuries. These other incidents can result in some of the following injuries: head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, shoulder injuries, pelvic injuries, hip injuries, knee injuries, fractures, crushing injuries, severed limbs, lacerations, burn injuries, muscle injuries, nerve injuries, ligament injuries, sprains and strains, scrapes and bruises, etc. Regardless of the specific injuries that you or a loved one suffered at an amusement park, it is important that you understand that you could have the right to file a lawsuit – and potentially to recover compensation.

Popular Amusement Parks in California

California’s major theme parks which are frequently traveled by both residents and tourist include:

  • Disneyland
  • Disney’s California Adventure
  • Manteca Waterslides
  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Knott’s Berry Farm
  • Fiesta Village Family Fun Park?
  • Belmont Park
  • Bonfante Gardens Theme Park
  • Boomers/Camelot/Family Fun Centers
  • Castle Park
  • Knotts Soak City USA
  • Legoland California
  • Mountasia Family Fun Center
  • Mustang Waterslides
  • Pier 39
  • Raging Waters
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Wild Rivers
  • Wild Water Adventures

Understanding the Right to Sue

In general, the right to sue for accidents at amusement parks, like the ones listed above, are based on the concept of premise liability. Under premise liability, all property owners have a duty to keep their premises completely safe for their guests. This means that property owners must routinely inspect their premises to be able to identify and address any hazards that could represent a danger to guests and ultimately lead to incidents. When property owners fail to keep their premises free of hazards, then they can be found liable for any incidents that occur and resulting harm. What does this mean? Ultimately, this means that injured victims and their families could have the right to file a lawsuit – whether its an injury lawsuit or a wrongful death lawsuit. For more information about your right to file a lawsuit, it is essential that you seek legal assistance with the experts here at our law firm immediately.

Understanding the Compensation that You Could Recover

Based on the details surrounding the incident and the resulting harm, then you could be entitled to recover monetary compensation. Some of the different categories of compensation that can be available for recovery include the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Punitive damages
  • Legal fees
  • Wrongful death benefits: in the case of death, family could be entitled to recover compensation for loss of support, loss of consortium, and funeral and burial costs.

When you allow the experts here at our law firm to handle your lawsuit, you can trust that your claim will be in the best hands possible. Our team is fully dedicated to handling each case effectively and securing the highest recovery possible.

What is the average value of these types of cases? In general, the more severe the injuries, the higher the value of the claim. In addition to the injuries sustained in the accident, there are many other factors that must be considered to determine possible case value. On average, these types of cases can vary anywhere from $150,000 to $750,000 although some cases can meet and exceed the million-dollar mark. Remember, you should never assume the value of your case based on averages or other case results. For more in-depth information about the possible value of your claim, it is essential that you speak to a lawyer immediately. Only a lawyer can evaluate all the factors surrounding your case and estimate a possible case value.

Time to File an Injury Claim against an Amusement Park

All claims are subject to a statute of limitations or a deadline to sue. In California, all injury claims and wrongful death claims, alike, are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. This means that claimants will have two years from the date of injury (with some exceptions) to file their lawsuit. If claimants do not file their claim on time, then they could lose the right to sue entirely. For more information about the total length of time that you have to file your claim, contact the experts here at our law firm immediately.

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Theme Park Injury Attorney Free Case Evaluation

If you or someone you love has been injured at a theme park or amusement park don’t hesitate to call at (855) 339-8879 our Los Angeles theme park injury attorneys at Downtown LA Law for a free case evaluation. While your injuries may not seem serious at the time it is important to obtain an evaluation of your rights to determine the proper course of action. The amusement park attorneys at Downtown L.A. Law Group can help you recover for your lost wages, pain and suffering and medical expenses. Call us today at (855) 339-8879

We offer free legal services, including free consultations and free second opinions. Whether you are looking to begin or continue your amusement park accident claim, our lawyers can help you. We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that our clients will never be required to pay any upfront legal fees for our legal services. In addition, we work on contingency; therefore, our clients will not be required to pay anything until after winning their claims. If you do not win, you will not be responsible for paying anything.

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