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A beautiful summer day spent at the water park can be the perfect way to relax, cool-off, and have fun. However, for thousands of people each summer, a day at the water park can quickly turn into a nightmare when a family member is seriously injured or drowns. Many victims and their families have been left with significant financial and emotional burdens as well as uncertainty about what to do next.
The attorneys at Zinda Law Group are skilled and compassionate, and they have experience representing water park accident victims, helping them receive the compensation they and their families deserve. Call us today at (800)-863-5312 for a free attorney consultation with skilled water park injury lawyers.
Common causes of water park injuries
Water parks can be fun for the entire family; what a joy it is to hear the laughter of young children as they play and splash in the water, having accompanied their families for a day at the water park. However, because children are often unable or still learning to swim, they are at an increased risk of water park injuries and accidental drownings. Some of the most common causes of injuries at this type of recreational facility include:
Lack of Supervision
Children should always be supervised near and in any body of water. Even when a lifeguard is present, parents should still watch their children at all times. For children under five or who are weak swimmers, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents be within an arm’s length of their children when they are swimming. When children are left unsupervised, the chances of injury increase.
Rides and slides are often engineered with specific weight and height limitations; these rides may require individuals to be weighed or measured. When employees fail to make sure that riders meet the weight and height standards, riders can be hurt; for small children, this means that they may go flying off a ride that was designed for adults and sustain injuries in the process. Adults who exceed the limits set by the water park may suffer from back injuries or cuts and bruises.
Lack of Safety Warnings
Water parks are required to post certain safety warnings, such as the depth of the water, “no diving” zones, or warnings for surfaces that are especially slippery. When people are unaware of the depth of the water, especially young children learning to swim, they may believe they can touch the bottom of the pool in an area that is actually much deeper and drown.
On a hot summer day, a water park may quickly become overcrowded and exceed the capacity at which lifeguards can safely monitor all guests. If a guest is in distress, a lifeguard may not notice and fail to immediately respond.
Common water Park injuries
Water park injuries can range from minor cuts to fatal drownings. When ride operators and other park goers are not attentive, collisions may also occur and increase the likelihood of injuries. While each case is unique, some of the most common water park injuries include:
Slips, Trips, and Falls
There are many slippery surfaces near a pool. Water parks may also have stairs or ladders that need to be climbed to get to the top of the water slide. In serious fall cases, victims may hit their head on the stairs or concrete and suffer from a concussion or require stitches.
Cuts, Scrapes, and Bruises
While most cuts and scrapes are minor injuries, they should be carefully monitored for signs of infection. If a cut becomes infected, a minor injury can turn into a more serious complication that requires a medical professional’s attention.
According to the CDC, drowning is the fifth leading cause of death in the US. It only takes seconds for a child or inexperienced swimmer to slip under the water and lose consciousness. Nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning.
When limbs get trapped in a ride, the force of the water may be enough to pin arms or legs in the wrong position and break bones. Slip and falls may also result in broken bones.
Back and Neck Injuries
Water park rides that are designed to drop riders from a great height may cause whiplash or other head and neck pains when riders are incorrectly positioned on a raft or are thrown off during the course of the ride. In serious cases, riders may land in a position that permanently damages their neck or spine.
what to do after a water Park injury
After a water park injury, you may be unsure about what to do next. The steps below outline what you should do immediately following an injury as well as in the days and weeks afterwards.
Seek Medical Help
In serious cases, you should immediately seek medical attention, especially for potential head injuries that can be life-threatening.; in mild cases, you may not feel as though you need medical attention. However, it is always a good idea to be checked by a doctor to detect any injuries that you may have incurred after a water park accident. You should also pay attention to any signs and symptoms that occur in the days following the accident, as they may not be immediately noticeable.
Document Your Damage
As soon as possible, be sure to take photos of your injuries. This may include pictures of any broken bones, bruises, or other injuries. Additionally, if any of the other water park visitors or employees of the park were witnesses and saw your accident occur, be sure to obtain their contact information.
Keep Track of Your Expenses
In order to help you receive the compensation you may deserve after an injury, you will need to keep track of your expenses. This could include hospital bills, rehabilitation costs, and documented time taken off from work due to your injuries.
Contact a Lawyer
A water park injury lawyer may be able to assist you by ensuring you receive proper medical treatment, investigating the accident, interviewing witnesses, filing a lawsuit, negotiating a settlement, and going to trial if necessary. Additionally, a lawyer may help you deal with questions about hospital bills, how much your case may be worth, and the next steps that you should take in your case.
Liability for a water park injury
Accidents can occur for a number of reasons. Some people may mistakenly believe that because they signed a waiver and release when they entered the water park, no one can be held liable for injuries they sustained. However, in some cases, the water park facility, employees, or another individual or may be responsible for your injuries; the most common parties that can be at fault in a water park injury accident include:
Water Park Facility
Water parks need to keep their property reasonably safe and visitors must be notified of any dangerous conditions. In the pool area, this could include ensuring that broken equipment is fixed or removed, posting proper signage about the depth of the water, and inspecting drains and other pool parts to check that they are safe and in working order. Water park facilities may also have additional safety requirements depending on state law.
If a water park discovers any unsafe conditions, such as a broken slide, then the business should close down that portion of the park until it has been inspected and repaired. Water parks that fail to repair dangerous conditions on their property and warn guests about these dangers could be held liable for a visitor’s injuries that result from these conditions.
Water Park Employees
Employees must follow the duties laid out in their job descriptions, which could include lifeguarding, operating rides, and monitoring water park guests to ensure everyone is complying with the safety rules. In general, if an employee is negligent, their employer—the water park facility—will be liable for their actions.
In some cases, other individuals at the water park may be liable for your injuries. Horseplay, failing to follow established rules, and engaging in risky behavior can all cause harm to those around them. In these cases, the person responsible for your injuries should be held accountable.
What Compensation Can I Seek After a Water Park Accident?
After an injury, you may be able to recover hospital bills, medical expenses, time taken off work because of your injuries, rehabilitation costs, and compensation for pain and suffering. The circumstances of each case are unique, and a skilled water park injury lawyer may help you seek the compensation you deserve.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
If you were injured in an accident and want to file a lawsuit against the other party, you need to be aware of the time limits, or statutes of limitations, that are in place. Each state sets their own personal injury time period limitations, which usually range from two to six years. However, it is best to contact a water park accident attorney as soon as possible to help you navigate the filing timeline and seek the compensation you may deserve.
CONTACT A LAWYER WHO HANDLES Water Park INJURY CASES
At Zinda Law Group, our attorneys have helped many victims get the compensation they deserved after suffering from a water park injury. We work to help our clients seek compensation for hospital bills, time taken off work, pain and suffering, and much more.
We believe an accident victim should never have to worry about being able to afford legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you pay nothing unless we win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
If you or a family member were injured at a water park, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with one of our water park accident lawyers.