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Articles Posted in Theme Park Accidents

security guard riding an escalator Whenever you visit another person’s property, they have a legal duty to ensure the property is safe. In the event that their negligence leads to injury, the property owner may be held liable for failing to maintain their property in a safe condition. This is especially the case for business premises, where paying customers and patrons are entitled to a reasonable expectation of safety. 

Slappey & Sadd have been representing accident victims across the state of Georgia since 1992. If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, we can help you get the compensation you need to move on with your life. Visit us online or call us at 404-255-6677 to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys to discuss how we can help you. 

Inadequate Security

a slippery surface caution signSlip, trip, and fall cases can result in serious injuries. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be difficult to determine whether you have a claim, and there are numerous factual issues that will need to be decided. If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you should speak with an experienced premises liability attorney about whether you can recover compensation for your injuries. 

Were You Injured?

This may seem obvious, but you need to have suffered an injury in order to recover compensation. The incident may have been aggravating or stressful, but unless you were physically injured, it’s likely going to be very difficult to pursue a claim. 

A doctor holding a chartAccidents happen every day. Thankfully, most of them are minor, but many can result in life-changing injuries. If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may have a legal claim against them in order to receive compensation for your injuries. However, there are first five things you need to do in order to protect your rights.

Seek Medical Treatment

Your health is your most important asset. If you didn’t see a doctor right after the accident and are in pain, go get checked out. It’s not uncommon for some injuries to manifest themselves days or even weeks after an accident. Your symptoms could signal a more serious injury, and you’ll need medical treatment in order to make a full recovery.  

In March of this year, a 59 year-old woman, a woman in her 40s, and a 7 year-old boy fell about 12 to 15 feet out of a Ferris wheel in Washington State when the gondola they were in tipped over. The 59 year-old was hospitalized with serious injuries, while the others were treated and released. The company that owns the Ferris wheel claims that riders who fell out had been asked to remain seated during the ride’s rotation. However, a witness at the scene claims that it didn’t appear that the riders were moving around when their gondola tipped over, and a broken part was found on the deck of the ride shortly after the accident. The witness further claims that the riders did not start moving back and forth in the gondola until the car itself started coming apart and they were trying to hold on, and that she heard a grinding sound right before the accident.

This incident raises the question of theme park and festival safety, and what riders can do if they are injured on a ride. Below, we’ll examine some of the most common theories of liability for theme park accidents.

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