Amusement Parks and the Injuries They Cause
The United States has more than 400 different amusement parks and attractions - and that is not counting state or county fairs that change location on a regular basis. Generating more than $219 billion per year, one would assume that these places are a fun and safe way to spend time with their families. Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth.
Amusement Park Injury Statistics
Statistics indicate that there were at least 30,900 injuries in 2016 alone (the most recent year for which statistics are available), and there have been 22 deaths reported since 2010. Unfortunately, the numbers could be even higher than, as no formal method for reporting such incidents exists. What is worse, the parks are not overseen federally. Instead, it is up to the states to regulate for safety, and not all of them do. In fact, there are at least four states where regulations are non-existent. What does this all mean for park attendees? It could mean severe injury or even death.
Most Commonly Sustained Injuries
Although there are numerous types of injuries that may occur at an amusement park, some are more common than others. These include:
- Soft tissue injuries,
- Sprains and strains,
- Spinal injuries,
- Broken bones,
- Head injuries, and
While many of these injuries are minor, some can be serious and life-altering. Others can be fatal. In one amusement park, a 10-year-old boy was decapitated. In another, a little girl died of electrocution after touching a charged metal fence. A 2003 accident at one of the country’s most popular amusement parks caused the death of a 22-year-old man when the wheel from one of the rides fell off and crashed on top of him. There was even a three-year-old who died on a kiddie ride in Illinois.
Obtaining Fair Compensation After an Amusement Park Death or Injury
Due to the lack of regulation, injured parties and surviving families may struggle to obtain full and fair compensation. A seasoned personal injury lawyer can ensure your rights are fully protected, every step of the way. Skilled and competent attorneys also work hard to relieve some of the stress and anxiety the family feels by handling all the legal aspects of their case.
Compassionate and experienced, the Green Bay personal injury lawyers at Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. fight for the most compensation possible in every case. We stand by your side and protect your rights. Schedule a free initial consultation to get started. Call our offices at