Many families choose to spend their summer days visiting the water park to have some fun while beating the summer heat. However, while most people’s visits to a water park go without incident, water parks have many different hazards that can pose a risk of an accident. If you have been injured in a water park accident, you may be entitled to hold the park owners or other parties accountable to compensate you for your injuries.
Examples of Water Park Accidents
Common examples of accidents that happen at water parks include:
- Falls from heights, such as falling off slides or ladders
- Slip and falls caused by running on wet, slippery surfaces
- Trip and fall accidents
- Electrocution injuries
- Viral and bacterial infections caused by exposure or ingestion of contaminated water
- Diving accidents
- Water ride accidents caused by design or manufacturing defects or negligent operation
- Wave pool accidents, when the wave builds up to dangerous heights or begins causing rip currents or undertow
- Drain or pump accidents, when a swimmer gets caught by a pool drain or pump.
Common Injuries from Water Park Accidents
Injuries that victims of water park accidents may suffer include:
- Lacerations from sharp edges or foreign objects
- Broken bones
- Dislocated joints
- Soft tissue injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and facial injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Acquired brain injury, such as due to a lack of oxygen caused by drowning
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Water Park Accident?
Many water parks require guests to sign a liability waiver before entering the park, or the admission ticket may include liability waiver language. However, in many cases, these liability waivers may not be effective to prevent you from pursuing a claim for compensation from the party or parties at fault for a water park accident. Examples of individuals and entities that may bear liability for a water park accident include:
- The water park owner or operator
- Water park employees, including ride operators or lifeguards
- The designers and builders of water park rides
- Third-party maintenance companies, such as pool cleaning companies
- Third-party food vendors
- Other guests, when another guest creates a dangerous situation (such as going down a water slide too soon after another guest)
What Compensation Can You Recover in a Water Park Accident?
If you have been injured in a water park accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries. Financial recovery may cover expenses and losses such as:
- Costs of medical treatment for your injuries, including ER and hospital bills, doctor’s appointments, surgeries and other medical procedures, prescriptions, and physical therapy
- Loss of wages or income if you miss work while treating and recovering from injuries you suffered in the accident
- Lost earning potential if you suffered permanent disabilities in a water park accident that leave you unable to work to your full potential
- Physical pain and anguish, or emotional trauma and distress
- Loss of enjoyment or quality of life due to visible scarring/disfigurement or due to permanent disabilities
Contact a Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Water Park Accident Case in Florida
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a water park accident in Florida? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Lawlor, White & Murphey represent clients injured because of water park accidents in Coconut Creek, Plantation, Pompano Beach, and Pembroke Pines, and throughout Florida. Call (954) 525-2345 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 2211 Davie Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, as well as offices in Pembroke Pines, Weston, Coconut Creek, Plantation, and Pompano Beach.
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