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Amusement Parks: Family Fun or Fun Park Liability?

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amusement park liability, Chicago premises liability lawyerFor most, summer fun means the lake, the pool, zoos, and amusement parks. Each of these locales have their own set of risks, but when it comes to injuries and accidents, amusement parks seem to garner the most attention. So is the thrill really worth the risk? Or are fun parks just a huge liability?

Amusement Park Injury and Accident Rates

Few studies have examined the injury rates at amusement parks in depth. Those that have determined that:

  • An estimated 300 million people visit amusement parks in the United States each year;
  • In 2009, nearly 280 million visitors rode 1.7 billion rides with 1,181 reported injuries;
  • The majority of injuries occur at fixed amusement parks;
  • 92,885 children under the age of 18 received emergency room care for amusement park-related injuries between 1990 and 2010. That averages out to 4,423 child injuries at amusement parks per year;
  • Of the injuries sustained by children, soft tissue injuries were the most common, followed by strains and sprains, cuts, and broken bones (29, 21, 20, and 10 percent, respectively);
  • Most injuries sustained at amusement parks do not require hospitalization, but in the summer months, a child is hospitalized once every three days.

Media Coverage on Rides Gone Wrong

While the statistics suggest that the overall risk of personal injury at an amusement park is low, the media frequently covers accidents, even if no one is actually injured. Here are just a few of the highlights from 2015:

When Injuries Happen, Seek Professional Help

In some instances, injuries or deaths sustained at an amusement park may be unrelated to the park itself. There are, however, instances in which the park or its employees could be at fault. When an amusement park is at fault for an injury, either because of faulty equipment or negligence, you are entitled to personal injury compensation.

Our Chicago personal injury attorneys have more than 20 years of experience representing victims of premises liability, and we are dedicated to helping you and your loved ones receive the compensation you deserve. Contact Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. for a free consultation at 312-553-4900.

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