Summertime is great: the weather’s warm, people are happy, and there are so many different things to do. Of those things to do, water parks are one of the best. No matter how old you are, there are few things better than cooling off from the stifling heat by shooting down a massive water slide. However, like many other fun things in life, there are certain risks involved in water parks. Although it’s likely the farthest thing from your mind, thousands of people are injured in these parks every year. If that person happens to be you or someone you love, it’s important that you know your rights.
Water Parks in Pennsylvania
While most people in the country don’t think of Pennsylvania as a state that would feature some of the best water parks in the world, they just don’t know what the state has to offer. Here are some of the favorites:
- Hersheypark in Hershey, PA
- Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, PA
- Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster, PA
- Sesame Place, Langhorne, PA
- Waldameer Park & Water World, Erie, PA
- Kennywood Park, West Mifflin, PA
- Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, Allentown, PA
- Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort, Erie, PA
- Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark, Tannersville, PA
- Sandcastle Water Park, Homestead, PA
- Great Wolf Lodge, Poconos, PA
In addition to being some of the finest water parks around, many of these parks also feature some of the most stringent safety rules in the country. Sometimes, those safety procedures can be maddening, especially for a kid.
Remember what it feels like to stand in that long line in just your bathing suit? Sometimes the breeze hits you the wrong way, and sometimes some mysterious warm water drips down from above you onto your head.
Finally, after what seems like hours of waiting, you finally get to the top. You sit down on the top of the ride, and you’re so ready to just drop into the slide. But you have to wait for that final thumbs up from the lifeguard when they get the OK from the other person on the ground.
Once you have that thumbs up, you make it safely down to the other end of the slide 99 times out of 100.
But what happens when you don’t?
What to Do When You’re Injured
While a vast majority of water park visitors enjoy a safe visit, there is the unfortunate risk of experiencing an injury at the park. Despite having several safety regulations in place, the park just cannot make sure that every single one of its employees are following the rules at all times.
In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) assembled a report that showed that injuries were actually increasing in number, rather than decreasing. According to MSN, three recent serious accidents, including the tragic death of a 10-year-old boy, have put water parks and amusement parks under serious scrutiny.
What most people do not realize is that many of the rides at amusement parks are not regulated by the CPSC, nor are they examined by state inspectors. While about half of the states in the U.S. do conduct safety inspections and regulate rides at their amusement and water parks, the other half of states do not. This leaves the safety of park guests in the hands of third party inspectors and insurance companies. That is a scary thought because no one is truly held accountable for ensuring safety in those states.
Have You Been Injured at an Amusement Park or Water Park?
After your injury, an experienced attorney can help you sort through a few important details of your case:
- Whether or not you or the person who was injured will be eligible for compensation for current and future medical expenses
- If you or your loved one was an employee at the amusement park, an attorney can help you determine if you are eligible to receive compensation for lost wages and other related expenses
- Whether or not the park is responsible for providing you or your loved one with compensation for pain and suffering
If you have been injured at a park, it’s important that you consult with an attorney to avoid making a mistake early on in the process. The amusement park likely will not have your best interests in mind, and any settlement that they offer early on is likely to benefit them much more than you or the injured party.
When injuries occur at amusement parks or water parks, they are often traumatic and require immediate medical care and years of recovery, if the victim survives. If you or someone you happen to know has suffered serious injuries or died at an amusement or water park, call a Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer at Solnick & Associates, LLC today at (877) 415-6495 to find out how we can help you get the compensation you are entitled to.