Now that the weather is warmer and the school year has come to an end, many people are visiting amusement parks. While amusement parks can be a great source of summer fun, they can also be dangerous. Read on to learn more about amusement park accidents in Maryland.
How do Amusement Park Accidents Occur?
Amusement park accidents can happen for any number of reasons. But, the most common causes include:
- Mechanical failure of the ride
- Improper operation of the ride
- Passenger misuse or failure to follow instructions
Most Common Amusement Park Accidents?
Amusement park rides can be more dangerous than you may realize. In the past, amusement park visitors have sustained the following injuries:
- Neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Bone fractures
- Back injuries
- Torn ligaments
- Compound fractures that require surgical repair
- Brain aneurysms
- Fatal injuries from falling out of rides
- Drowning on water rides and slides
- Brain aneurysms
- Facial lacerations and fractures
- Heart attack
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you have been injured in an amusement park accident, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. In order to do this, there are some important steps you should take:
- Call 911
- The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more.
- Document the scene
- Take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. If possible, document the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur
- Obtain witness contacts
- Amusement parks are often crowded. As a result, there is a good chance that someone witnessed your accident occur.
- Seek medical attention
- Going to the hospital will ensure that your injuries are treated while simultaneously providing you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. You may suffer from lost wages, medical expenses, pain, and suffering, and more, and you may deserve compensation for these burdens. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to adhere to the statute of limitations. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured in an amusement park accident, reach out to our firm to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.
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If you or a family member have been injured in a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.