Water slides are dangerous enough without the added speed of “speed slides.” These water park rides became popular due to thrill-seekers looking for faster and faster water slides. Unfortunately, though, many speed slides offer very little protection for riders, who can fall off the slide or suffer severe impact injuries when the ride fails to slow them down at the end.
If you or a loved one was injured in a speed slide accident at a water park, talk to an attorney today. The water park injury attorneys at Reiff Law Firm fight to get injured amusement park guests the compensation they need for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Any water park injuries have the potential for high compensation. Talk to an attorney today to understand what your case might be worth.
Common Speed Slide Injuries
Water slides may be fun, but they also create a high risk of injury. Many injuries occur from impacting parts of the ride or other riders. Most slides are made of hard, plastic materials. When you strike one of these walls at the wrong angle, you could break bones, tear ligaments, or injure your head and brain. Severe impacts against the walls or ending zone of a water slide could leave you with traumatic brain injuries. If these injuries occur in an area where help cannot immediately get to you, you could even drown. Since many areas on water slides cross with the paths of other riders, or bystanders and lifeguards at the end of the ride, you could also suffer injury by colliding with these other people. Speed slides are especially dangerous for these injuries because of the added risk of higher speeds.
Speed slides often use steep slopes and sharp curves to enhance the thrill. However, these sharp declines or curves create a risk of throwing the rider from the slide. Since many of these slides are half-tubes, with the top exposed, riders could slip over the edge and fall off the ride entirely. When a drop includes level portions or bumps in the ride, riders could be launched off these portions. The same goes for tight turns where the wall of the ride is too short to contain riders.
Even if you manage to keep from falling off the slide, you could still suffer injuries if you are launched from the surface. A quick bump that pushes the rider into the air can cause severe injury when you land on your back. Even more severe injuries can occur if the ride’s operator allows you to go down backward or on your stomach.
Recovering Compensation for Speed Slide Injuries
Seeking compensation for your water park injuries may be a complicated process. Because of this, it is absolutely vital that you hire an attorney. Since many water parks may be located in a state other than your home state, it may be complicated to file for compensation in a court that is conveniently located. Similarly, since many water parks survive on their reputation as safe, fun establishments, their legal teams may be difficult to overcome.
The attorneys at Reiff Law Firm have experience fighting amusement parks across the country to get injured victims the compensation they need. You may be entitled to many forms of compensation for your injuries. If you required medical treatment for your injuries, you could be entitled to have all of those expenses reimbursed. This includes the cost of emergency transportation, surgeries, X-Rays, MRIs, physical therapy, and rehabilitation.
If you had to miss work or were unable to return to work because of your injuries, you might be entitled to have your wages compensated. This includes both past wages and wages you will miss in the future. Lastly, you might be entitled to direct compensation for your pain and suffering.
If the amusement park that caused your injuries was violating safety standards, you might be entitled to additional compensation. Many courts will award “punitive” or “exemplary” damages to punish large corporations who fail to follow safe practices or otherwise endanger many customers. If the amusement park failed to properly maintain rides, failed to train staff, or otherwise put your safety at risk, they could face punitive damages. This means higher compensation for your case.
National Speed Slide Water Ride Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one was injured on a speed slide or any water park ride, talk to an attorney. The legal departments of large amusement parks represent the park – not you. It is important to have an attorney on your side who can fight the big legal teams of amusement parks and fight for fair compensation. Do not accept any settlements before talking to a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer. Reiff Law Firm’s amusement park injury attorneys offer free consultations on new cases to help you understand what your case might be worth. Call (215) 709-6940 today for a free, confidential consultation on your case.