According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) in 2010, an estimated 1,299 visitors were injured on theme park rides. That figure represents a decrease in the amount of ride-related accidents from 1,523 in 2008. However, a further breakdown of the statistics shows that while the number of injuries suffered on roller coasters or adult rides decreased, the number of injuries suffered on children's or kiddie rides increased 24 percent from 2008 to 2009. Six percent of all ride-related injuries reported in 2009 were considered serious or catastrophic.
Amusement rides are not only located at large theme amusement parks but also at local fairs, carnivals, shopping malls, boardwalk piers, indoor playgrounds, school fairs, and are even rented for birthday parties, block parties or private use. Each year, millions of small children in the United States get on amusement rides and according to the hospital emergency room data compiled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, children and teenagers account for 2/3 of all amusement ride related ER visits with toddlers and preschoolers being at higher risk than any other age group. Many of the injuries seen are fractures, dislocations, broken necks, broken backs, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries or even death.
Since 1958, the nationally known Beasley premises liability law firm in Philadelphia has evaluated thousands of amusement park, carnival, fair, and amusement ride injuries where a toddler or child was injured on an amusement ride. Our highly specialized ride accident teams have been awarded over $2 Billion dollars on behalf of families just like yours that have been injured due to the negligence of others. Our collective knowledge and experience assisted in obtaining two of the largest verdicts in Pennsylvania history, $907 million and $104 million, as well as countless other multimillion dollar judgments and settlements.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, wrongful death, or catastrophic injury due to a faulty amusement park, boardwalk or carnival ride, contact one of our experienced amusement ride injury lawyers, doctors or nurses at (215) 866-2424 for a strictly confidential and free consultation.