Amusement Park Accidents in Ohio

Amusement parks are supposed to be fun and exciting; however, there are thousands of injuries on rides every year. When severe injuries or fatalities happen at amusement parks, it can be hard to know where to turn. You shouldn’t have to bear the burden alone. Call an amusement park accident attorney who can help you get the compensation you need.

Attorney Kyle R. Wright and his legal team at Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA have extensive experience with these types of claims. We have helped countless people receive the money they need to pay their bills and move forward with life after an injury. Call us today at 419-625-7770 or use our online contact form to reach out and schedule a consultation on your case.

Our Personal Injury Lawyers Conduct a Thorough Investigation

You need to find out what happened. What caused the accident at the amusement park? Did a ride part break, or was it not put together correctly? Finding the answers to these questions can be difficult. An experienced attorney can conduct a thorough investigation into what happened in your case.

Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA works with a team of investigators and experts familiar with amusement rides and similar machines. They will visit the site, interview workers and witnesses, and inspect the cause of your injury.

We’ll Gather Evidence to Support Your Case

An attorney knows what is necessary to support a personal injury case like an amusement park accident. You will need to have enough evidence to prove negligence, liability, injury, and financial loss.

It’s essential to try to collect pictures and videos of the scene right after the accident. If you couldn’t, then someone else may have been using their phones to get this documentation. It’s important to talk to as many witnesses and bystanders as possible.

Your attorney will contact people who may have been present and get the evidence you need.

We’ll Manage an Insurance Claim or Going to Trial

Your attorney can also help you file and proceed with an insurance claim. You may need to file a claim with more than one company. Your attorney will find out all parties who need to be involved and send a demand to all of them.

Don’t speak to the insurance company without talking to an attorney first. Allow your lawyer to handle the insurance issues, so you don’t have to.

If the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, your attorney can take your amusement park accident lawsuit to court. They will draft necessary legal documents and meet all deadlines. If you fail to meet any of those deadlines, you may forfeit your right to compensation, no matter how strong your case is.

How Much is My Amusement Park Accident Case Worth?

You can get compensation for all your losses in an amusement park accident case. That includes both economic and non-economic damages.

Economic Damages to Recover

Economic damages include those easily valued through bills and receipts as well as future damages. Typical economic damages include:

  • Past and future medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Household services
  • Rehabilitation
  • Out-of-pocket expenses

Non-Economic Damages to Recover

Non-economic damages are more difficult to value because they are not related to monetary expenses. However, you can still recover compensation for these losses. Non-economic damages include things like the following:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Many amusement park accident cases are worth a significant amount of money because they result in serious injuries. We’ll help you recover from all your losses.

How Is Negligence Determined in Amusement Park Accidents?

Negligence is when someone fails to use reasonable care, which results in injuries to a person. To prove negligence, you must show the following:

  1. The defendant had a legal duty
  2. The defendant breached that duty
  3. The plaintiff was injured
  4. The defendant’s breach of duty caused the injury

Additionally, to prevail in a personal injury claim, you must show that your injuries resulted in financial loss.

Who’s Liable in Amusement Park Accidents?

Many parties have legal duties when they operate an amusement park. These parties and legal responsibilities include:

  • The manufacturer of the game or ride who’s required to engineer items that meet regulations
  • The people who built the rides must adhere to safety requirements and properly test parts before opening the ride to the public.
  • The amusement park company must ensure that rides and games are routinely maintained.
  • The mechanic who maintains the rides

When an injury occurs due to the dangerous and defective conditions on another person’s property or place of business, that party is on the hook for a premises liability claim.

What Is Tyler’s Law?

In 2017, several people were injured, and a teenage boy was killed when a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus. A year later, a girl who had received a traumatic brain injury in the accident died due to her injuries.

This tragedy led Ohio legislators to pass a law named after Tyler Jarell, the fatally injured boy in the 2017 incident. Tyler’s Law strengthens safety requirements and inspection standards for amusement park rides. It requires qualified people to conduct those inspections. The law was passed in 2019.

Common Types of Amusement Park Injuries

The most common types of amusement park injuries include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Trauma to soft tissues
  • Lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Drowning
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ damage

Amusement Park rides are enormous machines that can also cause serious injuries that lead to fatalities.