Some amusement park rides can become very dangerous and lead to fatal accidents. If your loved one passed away after an accident at an amusement park, the accident may have been the result of the negligence of the amusement park. With the help of a competent wrongful death attorney, you can receive the compensation you deserve and hold the negligent amusement park accountable.
Who is at Risk?
Not only are guests at risk when they attend amusement parks, but those who work at amusement parks are often injured or killed. Not only can roller coasters and rides be dangerous, but some guests are also injured or killed at water parks.
One of the risks found at an amusement park is falling from a great height. Another risk is getting hit by a piece of heavy equipment. Also, an object might fall from a piece of equipment and strike a guest in the head.
Who is Liable for an Amusement Park Death?
To determine liability, you will need to reconstruct everything that happened. An amusement park has a duty of care to take reasonable precautions to protect the guests at their park. The roller coaster manufacturer may be responsible for your injuries. However, you may also hold the operator responsible for operating the roller coaster without the proper safety precautions in place or when the safety devices are malfunctioning. A wrongful death attorney will have close ties with experts who can reconstruct the scene of the accident and find out exactly what caused the fatality.
You must prove that the injuries that your loved one sustained from the amusement park were responsible for her death. For example, you might determine that if a safety device on the roller coaster was working properly, your loved one would not have been killed on the roller coaster.
What Damages am I Entitled to?
In many amusement park accidents, the victim suffers a severe head injury and ends up hospitalized. In the hospital, the victim is then declared brain dead and must be removed from life support. The family of the deceased often must pay for medical expenses and funeral expenses.
However, a wrongful death case does not end with economic damages. Many wrongful death litigants also seek compensation for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, loss of guidance, loss of consortium, and mental anguish. To calculate these damages, you will want to work with an experienced wrongful death attorney.