Admit it. There is something about water parks that just draws us to them. I don’t know about you, but when I am sliding down a waterslide, I am just enjoying the thrill of the ride and not thinking that something catastrophic could go wrong. Sadly though, if a waterslide is not properly watched, designed, or maintained, it can result in serious injuries, drowning, and even death.
Water parks are all around us. Some of the most visited water parks on the East Coast are Dorney Park, The Boardwalk at Hershey Park, Morey’s Pier, Hurricane Harbor, Breakwater Beach, Splash Mountain, Ocean Oasis, Raging Waters, Gillian’s, Water Country USA, Wet N’ Wild, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Splash Lagoon, Sesame Place, Split Rock, Wild River, Wild Water Kingdom, in addition to the indoor water parks at Kalahari and Great Wolf Lodge.
Going to a water park is supposed to be a fun and relaxing way to enjoy an afternoon with family and friends. However, if the park’s owners fail to take certain precautions, such as making sure their rides operate properly, checking surfaces so they are not slippery, maintaining their property, or properly train lifeguards or staff members, serious consequences can result. Water park negligence in Pennsylvania may put families, just like yours, at risk of suffering traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures, spinal cord injuries, chest or heart injuries, neck and back injuries, broken bones, paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia, drowning, and death. If you or a loved one has been injured on a waterslide or at a water park, the Philadelphia water park accident lawyers at The Beasley Firm are here to help you.
Potential Water Park and Waterslide Dangers Revealed
An improperly designed, improperly maintained, improperly filled, or defective waterslide can result in riders traveling too rapidly and striking their head against a hard surface or being ejected or thrown from the slide and falling from great heights. Additionally, dangerous waterslides are supposed to warn riders of the potential risks involved. A water park operator’s failure to do so is both unreasonable and unsafe.
The wave pools in water parks are also very dangerous, as they are usually packed with people, thus making it difficult for the lifeguards on duty to be able to see and adequately supervise everyone. Often times, young, inexperienced swimmers will be pulled out into the deeper water and tragically drown, or suffer serious injuries from coming very close to drowning. In addition, many swimmers have been drawn into and sucked into pool drains. The Virginia Graeme-Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act is a Federal Act that is designed to prevent the tragic and hidden hazard of drain entrapments in swimming pools, including wave pools. Unfortunately, many pool owners either have no idea what the Act is or fail to comply with it.
If a lifeguard or other water park employee fails to adequately supervise you or your child, the park may be responsible if you suffer injury or a loved one drowns. The lifeguards may have been improperly trained on how to rescue swimmers and bathers when they are in danger or they may have just acted carelessly. Either way, the park owners may be held responsible.
Even if a warning at the water park or on your ticket stub claims that the park is not liable for any injuries you suffer on one of their rides, a court may decide that it is an invalid agreement. The park and its employees owe you a high duty of care, one that they cannot escape simply by writing a waiver of liability in small, illegible print. This is very similar to all those car commercials you hear on the radio where the announcer’s disclosures are inaudible, spoken so fast, and not able to be heard or comprehended.
Preventing Acts Of Negligence From Going Unpunished
At The Beasley Firm, we stand proud as being a nationally recognized personal injury law firm where many high ranking officials, politicians, judges, television personalities, lawyers, and doctors have turned to when faced with, product liability, premise liability, or a wrongful death. Our top rated AVVO attorneys have over $2 billion awarded on behalf of injured individuals.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to a water park injury or waterslide accident, please call one of our knowledgeable Philadelphia premises liability attorneys at The Beasley Firm at 1-(888) 823-5291. Feel free to call us for a no-fee consultation. We will never take a fee unless we win your case.