Santa Barbara Amusement Park Accident Attorneys
Injured at a Theme Park
If you or a family member has been injured in an amusement park accident at Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, or any other theme park in the Los Angeles area, we can help.
At NordstrandBlack PC, we believe that every person who suffers an injury because of another's negligence deserves to have an experienced attorney working with them, managing their case, and personally representing them in settlement talks or in court at all times.
At larger firms with a high volume of cases, this doesn't always happen. By contrast, most sole practitioners and smaller firms who offer personal attention do not have the resources required to achieve a truly satisfactory result.
We offer the best of both worlds.
We Will Find Out Who’s Responsible
Amusement park accidents can occur for a variety of reasons and may involve one or more areas of personal injury law. Making matters more complicated is the game of finger-pointing that often follows between the theme park, ride manufacturers, sub-contractors (e.g., a ride maintenance company the theme park contracts with), and insurance companies for each party.
By contacting us as soon after the accident as possible, you can ensure that an experienced lawyer will be looking out for and protecting your rights and interests. We waste no time in beginning our own independent investigation into these accidents - visiting the scene, identifying and interviewing potential witnesses and other victims, and preserving evidence. We also work with various experts in fields such as accident reconstruction, engineering, and product design.
Throughout this process, our Southern California injury lawyers and support staff will be keeping you fully informed and as involved in the case as you'd like. We are also here to help you resolve problems, such as obtaining proper medical care when you don't have health insurance, or getting your healthcare insurer to provide the coverage you've paid for.
Common Amusement Park Accidents
Although these can vary greatly from one location to another, certain types of accidents and injuries are more common. They include:
- Slips, Trips, and Falls: Slip-and-falls are among the most common accidents in general, and at amusement parks, this is no different. Waterparks in particular have a responsibility to try to minimize falls due to wet conditions. Other amusement parks need to make sure there are adequate walkways for guests, and that these are kept clear of debris and obstacles that could create tripping hazards.
- Ride Failures: Rides at amusement parks, fairs, and carnivals can have mechanical failures. These can range from minor issues that create a delay in the ride to more serious problems that result in injuries or deaths. It is important for amusement parks to communicate any restrictions or safety warnings to guests and ensure they are followed.
- Faulty Equipment: Other equipment at amusement parks can also be faulty or defective in some way and cause injuries. In these cases, the manufacturer of the equipment, as well as the park owner, might be liable for resulting injuries. Whenever multiple parties are involved, negligence may have occurred at multiple levels, and at each point someone may have prevented injuries.
- Crowd-Related Injuries: The large crowds found at amusement parks and fairs create their own potential for injuries. While the park owners cannot control the actions of all guests, they can ensure the possibility for injury is minimized. This means providing enough walking area for guests, not over-selling tickets, and making sure crowded areas are monitored and controlled by staff.
- Illness: Illnesses can spread rapidly at amusement parks, especially in areas with standing water or in waterparks. The owners of these establishments are responsible for keeping water clean and free of airborne diseases and bacteria as much as possible. When they fail to uphold industry standards and legal regulations, people can become very sick, especially children.
Waterpark Injuries and Illness
Like other companies, waterparks are not in the business of letting go of money, which means they will do everything possible to minimize how much money they pay you to compensate you for injuries you suffered at their park.
After a slip-and-fall accident at a waterpark, for example, they will probably argue that wet conditions are part of the nature of the park, and the victim should have been more careful. While people do need to be cautious on wet walkways, the waterpark itself is responsible for making reasonable efforts to ensure its guests are safe. This includes using materials in the park to reduce slipperiness, maintaining and repairing equipment and rides, and upholding cleanliness standards to keep people from becoming sick.
Fair and Carnival Accidents
Fairs and carnivals are somewhat different from other amusement parks in that they do not have a standard location or setup. This means that each time a fair is set up, there is a chance something was done wrong and will have potentially serious consequences. Small carnivals might try to hustle out of state after an accident or injury in order to avoid the consequences. By having a dedicated lawyer by your side, you can track down these companies and document dangerous conditions before they leave the scene. Otherwise, you might have a difficult time finding those responsible for your injury and making sure they are held accountable.
Take Action to Protect Your Rights
Having an experienced Southern California theme park accident lawyer with adequate resources can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of an amusement park accident lawsuit. Let us fight for you now. For a free consultation, call our law offices directly at (805) 962-2022 or contact us online.
There are no legal fees to pay unless we win.
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