As families in the Rochester area settle into summer and make plans to spend time at amusement parks in New York State, it is important to recognize that serious and even deadly injuries can happen at amusement parks. Whether an injury occurs at Seabreeze Amusement Park or at another location nearby, Rochester residents should understand some of the most common amusement park injuries and who may be liable for damages. King Law can assist you with your claim, and our Rochester personal injury lawyer can provide you with more information about liability for common amusement park injuries.
Amusement Park Owner Liability
Amusement park owners can be liable for a wide range of accidents and injuries that occur at amusement parks, including but not limited to the following:
- Mechanical failure of a ride due to negligent maintenance;
- Failure to properly train employees in safety issues at the amusement park, such as ensuring that passengers are the appropriate height for a ride or properly securing passengers in specific rides or operating particular rides;
- Inadequate security that results in a third-party assault on the amusement park premises;
- Negligent maintenance of amusement park grounds resulting in an injury on the premises, such as a slip and fall accident; or
- Responsibility for employee negligence due to negligent hiring or under the doctrine of respondeat superior.
There are other circumstances in which an amusement park owner also may be liable for injuries, so it is important to discuss your case with a personal injury attorney.
Employee Negligence and Liability
Employees may be responsible for guest injuries in some circumstances, such as negligent operation of an amusement park ride, failure to check a passenger’s height before allowing them to ride a rollercoaster or similar ride, or negligently securing a passenger in a ride.
Designer or Manufacturer Liability for Defects
When an amusement park ride causes injuries due to a defect in the design or manufacturer of the ride or one of its components, it may be possible to file a claim against the product maker.
In some injury cases at amusement parks, another person who is a guest at the amusement park may be partially or fully responsible for an injury. In some cases, an injury might result from the reckless behavior of another passenger on a ride or in one of the park walking areas. Depending upon the circumstances, you may be able to file a claim against that person.
It is important to know that, in some situations, the injured person also may have been partially at fault for the accident that caused their injuries. If this happens, you should know that New York’s comparative negligence law allows you to recover damages even if you are up to 99 percent at fault, but your recovery will be reduced by your portion of fault.
Contact a Rochester Amusement Park Accident Attorney Today
If you or your child got hurt at an amusement park in New York, it is critical to seek help with a claim for financial compensation. One of our Rochester amusement park accident lawyers can evaluate your case for you today and provide you with more information about how you can move forward with a lawsuit. Contact King Law for more information.