Water slides are some of the most fun and refreshing amusement park rides in the summertime. They are also some of the most dangerous. While the quick rush of cool water and flying at high speeds can be fun, many of these rides are some of the most dangerous rides in amusement parks and water parks. Even when there are harnesses, tubes, and other devices involved, the rides can still pose a danger, especially to children.
The water park injury attorneys at The Reiff Law Firm fight to help injured water park patrons get the compensation they need to take care of their injuries. Because the injuries sustained in a water slide accident can be especially severe, you may be entitled to high compensation for your medical bills, lost wages (if you had to miss work because of your injuries), and pain and suffering. Talk to an attorney today if you or a loved one suffered water slide injuries.
Dangerous Water Slides in Pennsylvania
Water slides, whether they have you ride on a raft, on an inner tube, or without anything between you and the slide, you can face a high risk of injury. Water slides rely on the slippery nature of the wet slide to send people down the slope at high speeds. When riders collide with walls, the end of the slide, or other riders, they can suffer serious injury. You can easily break a bone, strain a muscle, or sprain a ligament if you hit something at the wrong angle. If you bump your head, back, or neck, you could suffer serious, debilitating injuries to your brain, spinal cord, or the bones and tissue in your back or neck.
The high speeds also create risks of falling off the ride. Many water slides rely on tight turns and dips to provide excitement. Many people, especially larger adults, build more speed than the ride is designed to handle. This means that riders might not make these tight corners, and could fall over the edge of the slide. If the slide is high off the ground, this could mean suffering an uncontrolled fall from high heights. Similarly, if you go too fast into a bump or a dip, you could leave the surface of the slide. This could mean landing hard on the slide, suffering injuries in the landing. Alternatively, the bump or dip could launch you off the side of the slide.
Water slide injuries account for approximately 86% of all injuries in water parks. This highlights just how dangerous these rides can be. While many of these impact and falling injuries could be common, there are rarer, more serious injuries that have occurred on water slides. Any time there is water in a ride, there is a risk of drowning. Especially for small children or older adults, the consequences of injuries could be more severe. In some of the worst cases of water slide injuries, patrons have drowned, died from falls or impacts, or even suffered decapitation.
Compensation for Water Slide Injury Claims
The lawyers at The Reiff Law Firm fight for the rights of injured water park patrons. If you or your child suffered a severe injury, our water park injury lawyers may be able to represent you on your case. Because your case might be limited by strict deadlines, it is vital that you talk to an attorney right away. Even if your injuries occurred in a state other than the one you live in, you may still have a case against the out-of-state waterpark. Talk to an attorney to see how you may be able to file your case.
Amusement parks and water parks are a business. This means that their ultimate concern is that to fight bad publicity and expensive lawsuits to keep profits high. This could mean the park may try to offer you low settlements that do not fully compensate you for your injuries. These park representatives are not on your side. Always talk to an attorney before accepting any settlements or offers from the park, as they could limit your ability to sue in court.
Our Philadelphia Water Park Accident Attorneys Can Help
Hiring an attorney on your case is an excellent way to protect your interests and fight for the maximum compensation. Our attorneys, unlike the amusement park and their legal teams, will fight for you. We can help you understand what your case might be worth, and how you can receive that compensation. We will fight for you to recover your medical expenses, any wages you lost because of your injuries, and compensation for your pain and suffering.
The amusement park injury lawyers at The Reiff Law Firm are available for free consultations on your water slide injury case, or for any other amusement park or water park injuries. If you or a loved one was injured, of if you lost a loved one because of a dangerous water slide, contact our attorneys. Call (215) 246-9000 today for a free, confidential consultation on your case.