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Friday, July 6, 2018

Premises Liability Lawsuits for Amusement Park Accidents

Q: Who is responsible for an amusement park ride accident?

Warm weather sends countless thrill-seekers to amusement parks in anticipation of fun and good memories. Unfortunately, amusement park ride accident attorneys know all too well that when squeals of delight turn to screams of terror, catastrophic injuries can sometimes happen.

Recently, the front car of an aging Florida roller coaster reportedly derailed catapulting two of its four occupants 34 feet to the ground while the other two people dangled precariously from the car awaiting rescue. In total, nine riders were taken to the hospital, some with serious injuries that have already caused them to consult a personal injury attorney.

One of the women who fell to the ground is known to have survived, but the status of the other person is unknown. At least one of the car’s other occupants sustained numerous serious injuries including multiple broken ribs, a broken collarbone, and spinal injuries and saw her co-worker plunge to the ground.

According to authorities, the 40-year-old roller coaster has a history of recent mechanical problems and stop orders. After having been closed for over a month, it had reportedly "passed a state inspection only hours before the derailment." Was something missed?

The doctrine of premises liability falls under personal injury law. If the victim sustains a serious personal injury as a result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions or inactions of another person or entity, the victim may be entitled to compensatory damages. In premises liability, a property owner is responsible to maintain their residential or commercial property and building conditions in a safe manner for those entering the property. If they fail to do so and someone is injured as a result of poor or unsafe conditions on the property, the property owner and/or management may be held responsible.

As the investigation continues, the maintenance, repair, and inspection process involving the ride in question will be crucial in determining liability.

Victims in personal injury lawsuits may be entitled to significant compensation for long lasting pain and suffering, significant current and future medical expenses, current and future lost income or diminished earning capacity, and psychological harm.

A skilled personal injury attorney can determine whether an insurance company settlement is fair and reasonable. Often, insurance companies do not offer adequate settlements when an attorney is not involved, so it’s always in your best interest to seek legal counsel before accepting one.

If you or a loved one has been injured in any kind of accident as a result of someone else's negligence, the personal injury experts at Noland Law Firm can help maximize the compensation to which you are entitled. Contact us today to request a free consultation.

From our offices in Liberty, Missouri, we represent accident victims in the Kansas City metropolitan area including Blue Springs, Gladstone, Independence, Liberty, and Clay County.


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