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What happens if an amusement park accident injures your child?

On Behalf of | May 26, 2023 | Premises Liability

Visiting an amusement park is typically an enjoyable experience for children and parents alike. However, when an accident occurs that injures your child, it can be a traumatic event for the entire family.

As a parent, there are ways to help your child recover and pursue legal options on your child’s behalf.

Caring for your child after an accident

Immediately after an accident, you should help your child seek medical care. Even if your child does not seem to have serious injuries, some symptoms can take time to develop. Visiting a doctor soon after the accident can help your child recover. It can also provide valuable documentation of your child’s injuries.

It is also a good idea to report the accident to park authorities after it occurs. Ideally, you should document the names of park staff you encounter and request an incident report of the accident. You can also take photographs, video and written documentation of the situation. This evidence can be helpful if you decide to seek compensation.

Exploring liability and legal options

Determining liability in injury cases that involve amusement parks is not simple. Sometimes the park owner is liable because negligence and poor maintenance cause unsafe conditions.  However, if defective ride equipment caused the accident, the manufacturer could be responsible. Amusement park staff and other patrons can also contribute to injuries.

After an accident, you can seek a settlement from the at-fault party or their insurer. You might be able to obtain compensation to help compensate for your child’s medical expenses and ongoing hardships. However, if you face resistance, you can also file a lawsuit to fight for damages for your child.

Taking action after your child’s accident allows you to support their recovery and protect their legal interests.