In order to beat the summer heat, most people seek cooling relief in the form of water-laden oases. Some may venture to the pool, hang out on the lake-side, or visit their nearest water park for some adventurous fun and cooling relief. Water parks are a frequent favorite, especially among families, because they provide fun rides and slides for the kids and relaxing pools for the parents. However, despite their ample appeal, water parks have many hazards and can pose serious danger, if you aren’t careful.
Each year there are an estimated 11,000 amusement park injuries associated with dangerous rides, and more than half are suffered by children, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Of these injuries, a huge number occur in water parks. Safeparks.org reports that roughly 86% of all reported water park injuries involve water slides. Slides are often rigged to be slippery, which makes it easy for park-goers to lose control if proper safety equipment isn’t implemented. There have been startling reports of children getting stuck and drowned in water slides, and adults have reportedly fallen out the side of slides to deadly 4-story drops and higher.
Amusement parks have a legal responsibility to provide safe premises for their guests, including in their pools, on the slides, and any other surrounding areas. Common accidents could be owed to operator error, lack of adequate supervision, defective design, mechanical failure, inadequate safety equipment, malfunctioning equipment, and failure to maintain grounds or equipment. This includes keeping walkways clear of hazards, providing proper lighting where necessary, and keeping pools, ladders and equipment free of any parasites or bacteria.
If a water park fails in any of these areas, it could lead to unsafe slides, pools, and grounds that could easily lead park-goers to injure themselves. Additionally, failing to uphold their legal duty to keep the park free of hazards could lead to a premises liability lawsuit.
Common water park injuries include:
- Slip and fall
- Back and neck injuries
- Bone fractures and breaks
- Concussions and other types of brain trauma
- Facial injuries
If you or a loved one is injured at a water park, the facility may try to claim the injury was your fault because you assumed certain risks when entering the park. However, if your injuries were sustained because of negligence, carelessness, or a failure to properly maintain equipment, you could have a case. With proper legal representation you may be able to seek compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, and other damages.
To discuss your water park injury with a professional, contact the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr. to schedule a free consultation with our personal injury lawyers.