California has its fair share of amusement parks, and these park rides has lead to thousands of various types of injuries – from mild to severe – and even death. A great majority of the victims is amusement park accidents are children, with some injuries severe enough to demand emergency room treatment. As such, it is important to know who has the responsibility of ensuring the safety of the customers and what types of claims can possibly be file against those at fault for the accident.
There are a great number of injuries that can occur in amusement parks, from small cuts, broken bones, drowning, and lacerations to serious ones like head, neck, and back injuries, traumatic brain injuries, brain aneurysms and stroke from trauma, and death. According to the website of the Seegmiller Law Firm, there are many ways that the amusement park can be held liable. The first and most important thing to establish is negligence. If the accident and injuries resulted from mechanical failure, then the manufacturer of the ride can be held accountable, as well as the amusement park from failing to maintain the ride. Improper operation can make the operator of the ride responsible for the injuries that their actions caused, and while there are no mechanical defects in the ride but it was made to be inherently dangerous, the park’s management and operators should be liable for injuries that their amusement rides caused.
A personal injury claim can be filed if it is proven that negligence on the part of the park’s staff or management caused the accident and injuries of the victim. Whether it was carelessness or lack or attention, because the staff is under the management of the amusement park, the victims (or their families) can sue the park regarding their employee’s negligence. On the other hand, if the injury was caused by a defective ride or faulty designs, then a product liability lawsuit can be field. It will then be the ride’s manufacturer to pay compensation for all the damages that their dangerous or defective rides have made.