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Amusement Park, Theme Park & Water Park Accidents
When accidents occur at amusement parks, theme parks, and water parks, the results are often devastating. Anything from a serious slip and fall to a catastrophic ride malfunction can lead to life-changing injuries or even deaths. Victims and their families often face significant challenges in the wake of these incidents—but they don’t have to face these challenges alone.
At Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C., we represent individuals who have been involved in serious amusement and water park accidents, as well as the surviving family members of fatal incidents. Our experienced trial attorneys understand the unique and complex factors involved in these types of cases, and they know how to effectively advocate for you and your recovery.
If you or someone you love was injured in an amusement or water park accident in Pittsburgh or the nearby areas, contact our attorneys today for a free consultation: (844) 383-0565.
Common Amusement & Water Park Accidents
Although they are rare, amusement park accident are more common than many people realize. According to a report by USA Today, North American theme parks saw approximately 130 serious ride-related incidents, leading to bodily injury, in 2021. This does not include non-ride accidents, such as slip and falls, which are estimated to occur at much higher rates.
On the other hand, , water parks are notorious for the number of accidents and injuries that occur especially when compared with other types of amusement parks. This is largely due to the fact that many water park rides—such as slides—have limited or no safety features, and often don’t even have restraints.
Some of the most common types of amusement/water park accidents and their causes include:
- Ride malfunctions
- Faulty safety restraints
- Defective locking mechanisms
- Falls from rides
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Improper maintenance
- Ride operator errors
- Being struck by falling objects
- Failure to properly cordon off restricted areas
- Structure collapses
- Being caught between or under moving equipment
Sadly, these incidents often have tragic consequences. If you, your child, or someone you love was harmed in an amusement park or water park accident, reach out to Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. today to learn how our firm can help.
Injuries Associated with Amusement & Water Park Accidents
Amusement and water park accidents often lead to catastrophic injuries, including but not limited to:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spine and back injuries
In severe cases, amusement and water park injuries may result in death. Victims and their families should not have to simply deal with the consequences of these tragic incidents on their own. By determining what happened, our Pittsburgh amusement and water park accident attorneys can identify who is liable and build a powerful case to hold them accountable.
Who Is Responsible for an Amusement or Water Park Accident?
In many cases, the company or individual who owns and/or operates the amusement or water park is responsible for accidents, injuries, and deaths that occur on the premises. This is because these parties have a legal responsibility to regularly inspect and maintain their properties, including all features, such as rides, water features, safety restraints, and more. They are also responsible for communicating and enforcing strict safety standards to protect their guests.
Many amusement and water park accidents are the result of improper maintenance or a failure to follow safety protocols. When this is the case, the property owner is typically responsible for the victim’s resulting damages under premises liability laws. In some cases, however, amusement and water park accidents occur as a result of defective equipment or other factors. This could result in another third party, such as a manufacturer or outside maintenance company, being liable.
At Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C., we conduct independent investigations and gather critical evidence to determine who is liable for these incidents. Our attorneys thoroughly prepare cases using all available evidence and are always ready to go to trial if necessary.
Types of Damages You Could Recover
The exact damages—as well as the potential value of your claim—you can recover in your case depends on many factors.
That being said, many injured victims are eligible for the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses, including future care costs
- Lost income, wages, and/or employment benefits
- Physical and mental pain and suffering
- Loss of earning ability due to partial or total impairment
- Emotional distress, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.
- Physical and/or cognitive rehabilitation
- Counseling and/or therapy costs
In cases involving wrongful death, eligible surviving individuals may be entitled to compensation for damages such as funeral/burial costs, loss of financial support, loss of expected inheritance, and loss of love, support, guidance, and comfort provided by the deceased.
Additionally, when the defendant is found to have acted with gross negligence or wanton/willful disregard for the safety of others, the plaintiff may be awarded punitive damages. Also known as exemplary damages, punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant, rather than compensate the plaintiff for specific losses.
How Our Amusement & Water Park Accident Attorneys Can Help
At Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C., we fight for every penny our clients deserve. We understand the unique and complex challenges involved in these types of cases, and our Pittsburgh amusement and water park accident attorneys are here to advocate for you during this difficult time.
We can assist you with every aspect of your case, from proving your injuries and establishing negligence to gathering evidence and aggressively seeking a fair settlement on your behalf. While we strive to resolve cases as quickly as possible, we also recognize that, for some, the best course of action is going to trial. Whenever necessary, we are fully prepared to represent you in the courtroom.
For a free, no-obligation consultation, call (844) 383-0565 or contact us online.
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