Many people would be surprised to learn how often people are injured while visiting a waterpark. Several attractions in waterparks are not adequately tested before visitors use them. As a result, thousands of people are injured every year due to defective rides and other circumstances. Some visitors may even suffer a fatal injury while using a waterpark attraction. If you or a family member was seriously injured while attending a waterpark, you should consult with an experienced Rogers waterpark injury attorney today.
The Kieklak Law Firm understands the shock of being injured at a waterpark that you believed valued the safety of its customers. You should not bear the burdens of dealing with an injury caused by a negligent park owner. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your potential claim, call the Kieklak Law Firm at (479) 316-0438.
Waterpark Injury Statistics
Approximately 1,300 waterparks are operating in the United States. These 1,300 parks bring in about 80 million customers every year. According to a study conducted by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 4,000 people are admitted to the emergency room for injuries sustained at a waterpark. It is important to note that these figures are incomplete, and the number could be much higher.
While about 4,000 injuries may seem minimal in comparison to the number of people that attend waterparks, many of these injuries were severe. For example, some waterpark visitors suffer broken bones, severe cuts, concussions, and other types of injuries. Some patrons may even be fatally injured while at a waterpark. In 2016, a 10-year-old child was decapitated while riding the largest waterslide in the country at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark.
With the immense popularity of waterparks, it is reasonable to think that park owners will continue to think of attractions that are bigger and better than their previous attractions. However, it is important to think about whether larger and fancier waterpark attractions are safe for visitors. To learn more about waterpark injuries, you should continue reading and speak with an experienced waterpark injury lawyer.
What to Do if You Are Injured at a Waterpark
The first action you should take if you are injured at a waterpark is to seek out medical attention. You should inform the medical practitioner of how you received your injuries so they can determine a proper treatment plan. Under certain circumstances, the waterpark may employ lifeguards or other persons who are qualified to offer some level of support.
If your injury is not too severe, you should consider gathering evidence for a possible personal injury claim. First, you should determine the cause of your injuries. For example, if you suffered a bruise or deep cut while sliding down a waterslide, you should question whether the slide was properly installed or received proper maintenance. As mentioned, waterpark accidents can occur under several different circumstances. Knowing what caused your injury will help your attorney build your case against a negligent waterpark owner.
You should also speak to any witnesses that observed the accident that caused your injury. If any of these witnesses are willing to provide you with a statement, you should request their contact information.
One of the most important actions you should take is to report your accident to a park manager. If the park has a system for documenting accidents, you should request a copy of the accident report. The waterpark may try to dissuade you from filing a claim by offering insinuating that you were responsible for the accident or by offering free tickets that you can use at a later date. However, discounted prices are hardly enough to compensate a person for a serious injury and the trauma that comes with that injury.
You should avoid any offers made regarding the accident until you can speak with a lawyer. Our firm can work with you to determine the cause of the accident and whether the waterpark should be liable for your injuries. Be sure to speak with an attorney as soon as possible because you only have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury case in Arkansas.
Our Arkansas Waterpark Accident Lawyer Can Help You File a Claim
If you or a family member suffered a severe injury while using a waterpark attraction, you should contact an experienced Arkansas waterpark accident lawyer. Personal injury lawyer Ken Kieklak has served residents of Arkansas for over two decades, and he would be proud to represent you in your waterpark injury case. The Kieklak Law Firm recognizes how an injury can impact your life, and we are here to stand with you. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your injury, contact the Kieklak Law Firm at (479) 316-0438.