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| Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn

Amusement park accidents happen more often than you might suspect. These accidents happen to both amusement park riders as well as bystanders attending the park. While some participants sustain injuries such as minor bruises and skin abrasions, others are not as lucky and end up with serious injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, head injuries and sometimes even death can occur.

According to a recent study conducted by the National Consumer Product Safety Commission, out of the estimated 270 million people that chose to entertain themselves at an amusement park in the U.S. each year, an average of 7,000 of those attendees end up in the emergency room being treated for an injury. These amusement park accidents can result from a variety of risks and range from slips and trips to faulty rides, food poisoning and objects falling from rides onto unsuspecting park attendees.

If you feel you may have been injured while attending an amusement park, then there are some factors to take into consideration in order to make a successful legal claim. First, you will need to prove that your injuries were caused by another person, especially a member of the amusement park staff or management. The amusement park accident should show a clear indication that it was a result of negligence either directly of indirectly from that particular amusement park. Lastly, it’s crucial to report the accident immediately as the more time that goes by the more the park might be able to cast doubt on your injury.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm (VA-NC law offices ) edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono service to consumers.


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