On Monday, we discussed the assumed risk involved in attending baseball games, but another popular activity for Ohioans when the weather gets nice is to visit one of the many amusement parks in the Buckeye State. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are more than 15,000 injuries sustained on amusement rides each year.
Unlike the liability issues with baseball games, the owners and operators of amusement parks are required to look out for the safety of their customers. While the rides at these parks present an illusion of danger, the rides still must be maintained and operated properly. Furthermore, the owners of these parks typically have a team of lawyers and insurance companies ready to minimize the compensation that they will have to pay somebody who suffered a personal injury on one of the rides.
If you or a loved one is hurt on an attraction at one of these parks, it is critical that you speak to a Cincinnati injury attorney as soon as possible. You should avoid signing any agreements or making any statements about your injury until you have spoken to your own lawyer first. Many accidents that occur at amusement parks are the result of mechanical failure, defective machinery, poor maintenance or recklessness on the part of the operator. In such cases, you may be entitled to far more compensation that is adjusted for additional factors, such as loss of work or pain and suffering.
It is also important to note that in addition to large “fixed-site” amusement parks, such as Cedar Point or King’s Island, a number of accidents also occur on mobile sites, such as local fairs or carnivals. Because these types of rides are transferred from town to town, the pressure of getting rides quickly assembled can come at the expense of maintenance concerns. Again, in these types of cases, it is important to contact an attorney right away to try to preserve any evidence that can help your case.
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