First opened over 100 years ago in 1907, Clementon Park and Splash World in New Jersey is one of the oldest operational theme parks in the world. Amusement parks and water parks like Clementon are a beloved American pastime, and serve up countless warm memories of summer fun to adults and children every year. But if an accident should ever take place, the consequences to the victim can be devastating.
Water park and theme park accidents have the potential to lead to debilitating injuries, psychological trauma, and ongoing financial hardship in the form of missed work and large medical bills. If you or someone you love was hurt at an amusement park, you may be able to receive compensation for the losses you have incurred. However, you need to act fast, because the statute of limitations places a time limit on how long you have to open a claim after being hurt.
Don’t let your window of opportunity close. To schedule a free and confidential legal consultation with an experienced Clementon Park and Splash World accident injury lawyer, call the law offices of The Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000 today. If you’ve been hurt, we may be able to help.
The Reiff Law Firm: Clementon Park and Splash World Accident Injury Attorneys
After you’ve been seriously injured, you deserve a thorough investigation into the cause of your accident. At The Reiff Law Firm, we are committed to aggressive and comprehensive client representation, and we will advocate tirelessly on your behalf in the pursuit of justice. Our attorneys are equipped with more than 34 years of experience, and we have worked with tens of thousands of clients. We have made multiple recoveries in excess of $1 million, and our firm has over three decades of knowledge and experience to dedicate to your case. Call us today to learn more about how we may be able to assist you.
Common Causes of Theme Park Accidents and Injuries
Amusement and water parks are generally safe. However, major accidents have been documented at parks of all types and sizes in locations around the country and indeed around the world. According to statistics, on average about 7,000 people are hospitalized every year, while approximately four to five are killed. In 2006, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported 8,800 injuries.
These fatalities and injuries have been ascribed to rides ranging from roller coasters to merry-go-rounds to wave pools. Other injuries which have nothing to do with the actual rides have been attributed to slip and fall accidents, which can be caused by conditions like puddles of fluid, broken stairs or railings, or loose wires on the ground.
Roller coasters were involved in 16 out of the 51 deaths which occurred from 1987 to 2000, with the second leading culprit being whirling rides (e.g. the tilt-a-whirl) at 11 deaths. However, attractions do not need to involve extreme speeds or heights to pose a potential hazard. In fact, the opposite may be true. For example, one study published in Clinical Pediatrics found that nearly 21% of injuries to patients under 18 years old were caused by carousels, which average around just 10 miles per hour.
Water parks have also been involved in incidents, approximately 86% of which are attributed to water slides. In 2006, roughly 3,100 people were hurt on water slides. Needless to say, where water rides are involved, drowning becomes a special concern — particularly for young children, who can drown in just a few inches of water.
Theme park accidents, deaths, and injuries can be caused by variables like:
- Malfunctioning ride components.
- Substandard maintenance procedures.
- Inattentive ride operators.
- Defective parts and equipment.
- Failure to post warnings and safety notices.
- Excessively rough handling by security guards.
- Flaws in a ride’s design and/or construction or assembly.
Some types of serious injuries which can occur include:
- Facial Disfigurement
- Head Injuries
- Hand Injuries
- Internal Injuries
- Multiple Fractures
- Neck Injuries
- Severe Lacerations
- Severed Fingers/Limbs
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Catastrophic injuries have the potential to be permanently life-altering. For example, if a spinal cord injury causes partial or complete paralysis, that person may then require care and supervision, and may lose their career and source of income.
If you or someone you love was seriously injured at Clementon Park and Splash World, you may be able to collect compensation for the damages against you. To schedule a private case evaluation free of charge, call the law offices of The Reiff Law Firm today at (215) 246-9000, or contact us online.