Amusement Park Injury & Death

amusement park injury

Each year, the government estimates, approximately 9,000 emergency room visits from amusement park and roller coaster injuries. Amusement park accidents can happen to both riders and bystanders and often result in serious injury or even death.

If an amusement park’s negligence leads to an accident, whether it be a roller coaster accident or a slip and fall accident, the injured victims in those accidents may be entitled to compensation from the amusement park owners.

The nature of such injuries could vary from severe cases where an amusement park ride, like a high speed roller coaster’s safety restraining devices, malfunctions and a rider falls off a roller coaster or other ride to comparatively minor incidents where a hazard in an amusement park causes a person to trip and fall or slip and fall.

Who Is Responsible For An Amusement Park Injury?

Depending on what caused the amusement park injury, legal responsibility may rest with the amusement park’s owner, the designer or manufacturer of an amusement park ride, a concession stand owner, or another company entirely. Sometimes, more than one company may be wholly or partially responsible for paying compensation to the injury victim.

While amusement parks and theme parks are the most obvious places for potential dangers to be found, hazards may also be present at:

State or county fairs and carnivals

Water parks


Zoos and aquariums


Ball pits

Go-kart tracks

Birthday party venues, including those with inflatable rides

Kids’ play areas at malls

Common Types Of Amusement Park Injury

The following examples illustrate some of the many ways theme park guests suffer injury at amusement parks and water parks:

Slip-and-fall accidents can cause contusions, concussions, or broken bones and other orthopedic injuries.

Dangerous or broken amusement park rides can cause seriously devastating injury, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations or decapitations.

Unsafe or poorly maintained water rides can result in drowning deaths or near-drowning accidents.

Untrained or unsupervised ride operators can cause malfunctions on otherwise operational amusement park rides if the ride stops short, becomes stuck, jerks unnecessarily or is otherwise operated improperly.

Product Liability

Some amusement park accidents are caused by defective rides or components and not by improper maintenance, inspection, operation, or use. For example, the faulty design of a lap bar may cause the bar to unlatch mid-ride, so that the rider falls to the ground.

Structural or design defects in the ride itself may give rise to defective product liability claims against the manufacturer of the ride or the maker of the defective part.

Contact Our Amusement Park Injury Law Firm

The lawyers at The Carlson Law Firm have decades of experience in handling amusement park injury lawsuits. Our team of highly skilled personal injury attorneys know how to navigate the necessary legalities to get you the best settlement possible. Contact one of our experienced attorneys any time, day or night, for a free consultation. We care, we can help.

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