Every year, millions of people visit waterparks across the United States. While many people enjoy their visit to their favorite waterpark, others end up leaving injured. This is because there is a multitude of ways to be injured at a waterpark. Waterpark operators must keep their property free of hazardous conditions, or they risk being liable for any injuries or deaths caused by their attractions. If you or a family member have been seriously hurt while visiting a waterpark, you should consult with an experienced Fort Smith waterpark injury attorney.
The Kieklak Law Firm acknowledges the dangers that a waterpark may pose, and we are here to help you seek compensation for your injuries. Our firm is dedicated to providing residents of Fort Smith with the legal representation they deserve to pursue their case. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your potential claim, call the Kieklak Law Firm at (479) 316-0438.
Most Dangerous Waterpark Attractions
There are about 1,300 water-themed amusement parks in the United States. With this much competition, it is understandable that owners of waterparks are constantly striving to invent new and exciting rides for their guests. However, not enough testing goes into the implementation of these attractions. The result is that some visitors are injured while believing the theme park has practiced due diligence before opening an attraction. The following is a list of the most dangerous waterpark attractions.
If you are a waterpark enthusiast, you are likely familiar with one of the most notorious waterparks that used to operate in the United States, Action Park. Previously located in Vernon, New Jersey, Action Park created the Cannonball Loop, one of the most dangerous waterslides ever.
As you may have guessed, this slide would put riders through a loop before they reached the pool at the bottom of the slide. The ride was so dangerous for visitors that Action Park designed a hatch inside the loop for riders to escape if they were not properly propelled through the loop.
While Action Park closed years ago, many contemporary waterparks are still designing waterslides that are hazardous for riders. Riders can potentially be thrown from the slides while traveling downwards or could suffer a serious injury by colliding with another person. Additionally, many waterslides have a number of steps that a customer must climb before they can reach the top. This can result in a slip and fall injury due to the high likelihood that these steps will be wet due to water falling from the bodies of other visitors and possibly from the slide.
Wave pools are large pools that simulate the current of the ocean. As expected, Action Park is also infamous for inventing a wave pool that resulted in the death of a visitor after they were electrocuted by exposed electrical wires. While technology may have advanced to the point that this scenario would be unlikely today, there is still a possibility of being injured in a wave pool.
With the large number of people that can occupy a wave pool, it is possible for a child to sneak in and drown. If the pool is deep enough, it is not impossible that an adult may have to be saved by lifeguards as well. It is the responsibility of the waterpark owner to ensure that individuals in the wave pool are safe from drowning or any other hazard.
The most obvious danger in an indoor pool is the risk of drowning. However, there are other risks associated with indoor pools that you may not suspect.
For example, all waterpark attractions are typically heavily treated with chemicals to ensure they are kept as clean as possible. Many times, a waterpark may overexpose visitors to these chemicals, which can lead to skin or eye injuries. If the waterpark does not have an adequate ventilation system, it can be easy for these fumes to adversely affect swimmers.
Additionally, despite the number of chemicals that a park may use to treat the water, it is still easy for swimmers to contract illnesses from a public pool. This is because many visitors will enter the pool without showering first. This can cause any products a swimmer used on their body to dilute the chemicals in the pool and cause illnesses to spread.
Our Fort Smith, AR Waterpark Accident Lawyers Can Help You File a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you or a family member was injured while using a waterpark attraction, you should contact an experienced Fort Smith waterpark accident lawyer. Personal injury lawyer Ken Kieklak has over two decades of legal experience litigating complex injury cases, and he would be honored to use this knowledge to represent you. You do not have to fight your injury case alone; contact the Kieklak Law Firm at (479) 316-0438 for a free legal consultation.