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When you think of going to an amusement park, fair or waterpark, you often think about the fun you’re going to have riding rollercoasters and waterslides, consuming park food and playing games at the midway. What most amusement park and fair-goers don’t think about is the possibility of becoming seriously injured while inside the park.

But the risk of becoming injured is present. Some accidents can be extremely serious such as the recent tragedy that took place at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus. According to reports, at least one person was killed and several more were injured when an amusement park ride malfunctioned sending pieces of the ride flying through the air with guests still strapped in.

An Isolated Incident?

While some may consider this an isolated event, the reality is that amusement park injuries happen more often than you might think.

According to USA Today , eight serious incidents have taken place this spring and summer alone across amusement parks, carnivals and waterparks in the U.S. In all of these incidents, the victims involved sustained both minor and serious injuries and one infant even died as a result of her injuries.

Injuries in Canada:

Sustaining injuries at amusement parks is not just something that happens in the U.S., it happens here in Canada as well. According to the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), the entity that enforces amusement ride regulations in Ontario, there were 556 injuries reported in 2015. 60 per cent of those injuries were caused by amusement rides like roller coasters, 30 per cent were caused by water slides and 10 per cent were caused by go-karts.


Common Injuries:

Every year, people looking for fun on amusement park rides sustain injuries that range from minor to serious in nature. Some common injuries include:

  • Cuts
  • Bruises
  • Whiplash
  • Head trauma
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Spinal injury


Misconduct by Riders, Operators and Owners

In some cases, injuries can occur when there is misconduct on the part of the rider. For example, if riders ignore safety precautions like buckling their seatbelts or bringing prohibited items onto the ride. Injuries can also occur on the part of operators and park owners when:

  • There is improper maintenance of the ride
  • Operators behave negligently
  • Ride operators and park owners don’t follow safety regulations


When Negligence Occurs

When a ride-goer sustains an injury that is a direct result of another person’s negligence, such as an operator or owner, they may be entitled to compensation. Amusement ride injuries can have life changing effects, from physical injury to emotional trauma. If you or someone you love encounters this type of situation, it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer to understand your rights.


Contacting a Personal Injury Lawyer

When an injury takes place at an amusement park, a personal injury lawyer can help get you the compensation you deserve. Our experienced team of personal injury lawyers at Harrison Pensa will assess the situation, build your case and help support you through the entire legal process. For more information on filing a claim for an injury that has taken place at an amusement park, fair or waterpark,
Contact our professional team today.

A word from our clients

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"My wife was involved in a very serious motor vehicle collision several years ago, and luckily she survived, but unfortunately she suffered some injuries."
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January 8, 2016

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