We routinely handle matters involving children and amusement park injuries.
Amusement Park Injuries And Georgia Children
Every year, Georgia families spend many weekends, days off from work/school, and vacations at different Amusement Parks around the state and country. In Georgia, Six Flags and White Water are the two most popular amusement parks. These places are associated with spring and summer fun and they market themselves as places to find exciting roller coasters, twisting rides, and fast water slides. And, every year Georgia children are injured or even killed at these parks. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 5,000 children are injured at Amusement Parks every year. Our Atlanta child injury law firm has worked with the families of children who have suffered significant injuries at different Amusement Parks. These types of cases require a unique understanding of the risks presented to children at Amusement Parks and the rules that govern these parks.
What can go wrong at an Amusement Park?
Unfortunately, many things.
Our experience teaches us that accidents at Amusement Parks generally result from one of three broad categories:
- Negligence on the part of wild or uncontrolled guests;
- Negligence on the part of the park by ride operators or safety inspectors; and,
- Negligence by the park in failing to implement appropriate safety policies for crowd control, line jumping, and the like.
If an accident occurs as a result of one of these categories, our Atlanta-based child injury law firm can help.
Here are just a few examples of how children are injured at Amusement Parks:
-fall from rides;
-doors, lap bars, and shoulder harnesses malfunctions; and,
-injuries resulting from poor crowd control and unruly park guests.
Employees at Amusement Parks are often transient, part-time workers and do not remain in their positions year after year. As result, proper training of these employees can prove challenging. However, these employees have a great responsibility to ensure that all Park rules are followed and routine safety checks are made. When these employees fail to do their jobs, children get injured and the Amusement Parks may become liable for the resulting injuries.
Laws and Regulations:
There is no federal law regulating the Amusement Park industry. Instead, the industry is governed at the state and local level by standards mostly set by ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) International. Amusement Parks are subject to state and local governmental codes and requirements for safety inspections. In addition, Amusement Parks must often pass inspections by their insurance companies. Obtaining this insurance paperwork can be helpful when making a claim against an Amusement Park.
Amusement Park staff must also follow detailed guidelines set out by manufacturers for the inspection and safety of rides. Ride inspections should take place at set and consistent times (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.) and written logs should be kept to confirm that such inspection has occurred. Failure to do these things leads to problems, then injuries, and ultimately liability for the Amusement Parks.
In Georgia, Amusement Parks are regulated by the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner. This Office is also in charge of inspecting rides and accidents. They are required to perform annual inspections and also perform spot-check inspections throughout the year. There are certain mandatory reporting requirements for Amusement Parks to this Office after an injury occurs. Specifically, the Rules and Regulations for Amusement Ride Safety in Georgia can be found here: https://www.oci.ga.gov/Externalresources/Documents/FireMarshal%20-%20Rules%20and%20Regulations/120-3-27%20Amusement%20Ride%20Safety.pdf
Florida is widely considered the center for Amusement Parks in the United States. Florida has very nuanced and specialized laws and regulations regarding Amusement Parks (most notably because of Disney World, Epcot, and associated properties). If your child is injured at an Amusement Park in Florida, we can help you navigate through the process.
In the past decade, we have seen an increase in the popularity of “bounce/jump houses” and trampoline parks. These prove very attractive to children; however, they can also be very dangerous. Children have suffered significant neck injuries or broken bones after playing in a jump house or trampoline park.
Our investigations have revealed different reasons that these injuries occur ranging from: negligent supervision, overcrowding of rides, improper inflation, or improper maintenance.
If your child is injured at one of these Bounce/Jumpy Houses or similar establishment, our Atlanta child injury law firm can help you.
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