Amusement Park Accident Attorneys
While amusement parks and traveling carnivals offer excitement, fun, and entertainment, they also pose hazards that can injure someone seriously and even kill. Personal injury attorneys with expertise in amusement park accident cases cite alarming statistics. Between 1997 and 2000, the estimated number of amusement ride-related injuries treated at U.S. hospital emergency rooms rose from 8,000 to 10, 800 per year, according to a report issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPDC). Most amusement park injuries happened to children 10-14 years old (17.9%), with children 5-9 (12.6%) and 15-19 years old (13.8%) next. However, many victims were very young children four-years-old and under (6.3%).
Though it is the best "official" source of information on amusement park safety currently available, the USCPSC report does not include injuries that required medical care but not a trip to an emergency room, nor does it include incidents from seven of the nation's most popular theme parks. No federal agency has direct authority to monitor the safety of rides at permanent amusement parks. Some parks and carnivals report injuries to state regulatory agencies, but the reporting criteria varies from state to state. For example, New Jersey requires even minor bumps and scrapes to be reported, while Ohio lets parks keep accident records confidential unless a rider dies or is immediately admitted to a hospital. Accident data for large theme parks is particularly well-protected. Florida's theme parks, which account for 20 percent of all U.S. amusement park business, are exempt from state regulatory laws. Right now consumers have no way of finding out how many guests are injured seriously on rides at popular theme parks in Florida such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando.
Amusement park accidents and injuries can be caused by a variety of factors, from negligent guests who break the rules or deliberately ignore specific ride safety instructions to slip and falls, mechanical failure, ride design flaws, and negligence on the part of the park either from operator error or improper maintenance. When amusement park injuries or deaths occur, a thorough investigation and evaluation of the cause(s)--conducted by a personal injury attorney with direct experience handling carnival or amusement park accidents and injuries--is always the best way to proceed. Once the cause of the amusement park injury is determined, a decision can be reached whether or not to pursue a lawsuit or other legal option.
The skilled personal injury lawyers and amusement park injury attorneys at Schwartz Roller LLP have successfully represented many victims of amusement park and carnival accidents and their families. They understand the complexity of investigating, litigating, negotiating, and resolving amusement park injury claims and are fully knowledgeable of the standards and statutes pertaining to amusement park safety the legal options for amusement park accident victims. Our resources include a top-notch team of professional investigators and experts who can analyze the evidence and help our amusement park injury lawyers obtain swift justice and full compensation for our clients.
If you have been in an amusement park accident or have suffered from an amusement park injury, or if a loved one died as the result of an amusement park accident, contact the law offices of Schwartz Roller LLP. An amusement park injury attorney on our team can offer you a free, confidential evaluation of your case and advise you of your rights.
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