Philadelphia Amusement Park Accident Attorneys
Billions Won in Verdicts & Settlements for the Injured
Most kids who see the signs and flyers for carnivals or fairs get excited. Parents, on the other hand, start to worry. All most parents can think about is that the ferris wheel, roller coaster, Tilt-a-Wheel, and Gravitron were assembled in one day, on a wet, soft grassy area. Not only are these rides quickly assembled, but they are operated by non-professionals: kids, temporary workers, or seasonal workers that are not familiar with any of the safety issues these rides represent. This is even true at year-round amusement parks.
When people are inevitably harmed by carnival rides or amusement park roller coasters, our amusement park accident lawyers at The Beasley Firm provide the experienced representation they need. Our record of success with these cases comes from more than 60 years as leading Philadelphia premises liability lawyers, handling thousands of cases and securing millions for clients injured by negligent property owners.
Our amusement park accident lawyers have secured:
- More than 300 results larger than $1 million
- More than $2 billion in verdicts & settlements
- The single largest verdict against a single individual in Pennsylvania
- Tens of millions of dollars for premises liability injury victims
Call (215) 866-2424 to speak with our staff in a free, confidential consultation. We can help you figure out the next step for your claim and provide legal counsel at no cost or obligation to you.
Hidden Dangers of Amusement Park Rides
It is not only the fly-by-night carnivals and fairs that parents need to be concerned about.
Amusement parks such as the following can be an unexpectedly dangerous form of entertainment:
- Dorney Park
- Six Flags Great Adventure
- Morey's Pier
- Disney World
- Cedar Point
- Sesame Place
- Wild River Country
- Raging Waters
- Universal Studios
- Hurricane Harbor
- Jungle Jim's
- Busch Gardens
- Blizzard Beach
- Gillian's Island Water Park
Amusement park operators and carnival owners are always advertising the newest thrill ride or adventure to increase popularity and visits. Unfortunately, many of those rides are not safe, causing many catastrophic injuries and life altering injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, spine injuries, broken face bones, broken legs, internal injuries, amputations, whiplash, paraplegia, and more.
Causes of Carnival Ride Accidents
In evaluating many amusement park ride accidents, our experienced Philadelphia amusement park accident attorneys and our expert structural engineering, human factors, and biomechanical engineering experts look for every possible cause of theme park accidents and carnival accidents.
The causes they study include factors such as:
- Operator error
- Mechanical failure
- Design defects or limitations
- Inadequate security
- Failure to post proper warnings
- Water damage
- Improper repairs
- Faulty safety straps or harnesses
- Safety lock failure
- Inadequate padding
- Sharp and protruding parts
- Malfunctioning lap bars
- Broken welds
- Failure to shut off
- Engineering design defects
- Structural flaws
- Improper installation
- Electrical shorts/failures
Experience in premises liability cases helps our lawyers understand the factors that may have contributed to your injury. For example, many lawyers do not realize is that if an amusement park ride is also close to a body of saltwater, the saltwater spray can lead to corrosion of cables, nuts, bolts, and other vital components faster than if the ride was located in different conditions.
The same goes for heat: in higher-temperature areas like Texas and Florida, or during heat waves in the Northeast, plastic and rubber components behave differently, leading to mechanical failures. We look at every factor, including the weather, environmental causes, and more when investigating cases. Our thorough investigative approach has helped build our firm's reputation-meaning when our opponents see us walk into a courtroom, they know they're facing a well-prepared and thoroughly-tested case.
Liability for Injuries & Fatalities at Theme Parks
Unfortunately, with a downturn in the economy, many theme parks have cut corners on safety and no longer staff experienced or qualified operators. Many times high school or college students are working on a temporary basis and are hired to operate rides with minimal training.
How much do you know about the person operating the ride that you and your child might be riding? In this day and age, many of the young operators of those rides are also distracted because they are looking at their cell phones or texting instead of paying attention to operating the ride. A cell phone text could be more important to an operator than the safety of the passengers.
Amusement park, quasi-amusement park, carnival, or fair injuries often involve many complex theories of law requiring legal experience and technical expertise. There is most likely a combination of product liability, negligence, and premises liability law to be explored. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury or lost a loved one in an amusement park ride accident, water park accident, or carnival accident, it is important that you contact an experienced amusement park lawyer in Philadelphia who knows how to investigate what went wrong.
Most amusement parks and carnival operators will not settle a claim unless a lawsuit is filed. Many times an amusement park owner or representative will try to settle a claim as cheaply as possible. Never sign or say anything without contacting an experienced Philadelphia premises liability attorney first.
Obtaining Justice for Injury Victims for 55+ Years
Since 1958, our nationally-renowned premises liability law firm in Philadelphia has evaluated thousands of amusement park, carnival, fair, and amusement ride injuries. Our highly specialized teams here at The Beasley Firm include doctors, nurses, and specialists in areas deeply relevant to your injuries and your claim. 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 or carnival ride, contact one of our Philadelphia amusement park accident lawyers at (215) 866-2424. As always, we offer a zero fee guarantee-which means that if we don't make a recovery on your behalf, you don't owe us a dime.