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Many amusement parks have water-based attractions that swell with visitors each summer. These can include log flume rides, wave pools, water slides, and other such attractions. Whenever you have a large number of people around these types of attractions, tragedy can happen:
- A rider on a log flume may get thrown or knocked out of the log and trapped in the water;
- A child in a crowded wave pool may go underwater unnoticed due to a large wave or other patrons; or
- The force of water exiting a water slide can trap a young or inexperienced swimmer underwater until he or she loses consciousness or drowns.
Amusement parks typically employ a team of experienced lawyers who are familiar litigating the numerous legal issues that an amusement parks face. These lawyers’ job is to minimize the legal liability of the park after an accident like a drowning. An amusement park’s legal team may try to offer you a settlement that represents just a small portion of the expenses and losses you experienced after a family member or loved one drowned at an amusement park. Alternatively, they may attempt to persuade you that you do not have any legal case at all and dissuade you from filing a lawsuit.
After an amusement park drowning, you are likely to face significant expenses and losses in the form of funeral expenses, burial expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship of the deceased, and mental pain and suffering (just to name a few). In order to protect your legal rights following an amusement park drowning, however, you should take the following steps:
- Assist the victim and seek medical attention for the victim. Your first concern, of course, should be helping the drowning victim and summoning medical attention for him or her. If the victim has been in water for a very short time, it is possible that he or she may survive the incident.
- Collect witness information and record your statement. If possible, obtain the names and contact information of nearby witnesses who saw the accident and who can testify as to what occurred. Record these individuals’ names and contact information and, if possible, a brief description of what they observed. As soon as is practical after the incident, you should write down what you observed happened.
- Do not sign any document without first reading the document and/or speaking with an attorney. Do not give any official statements to amusement park personnel. Limit your interactions with park personnel to only what is necessary to get help for the victim. You should not sign any documents without first reading them, preferably at another time with an attorney available to help you (park personnel may be trying to get you to sign documents relieving the park of liability). Likewise, avoid making any statements that might tend to suggest you or the victim was at fault (“I’m sorry, I just turned my back for a second!” can be used to suggest you were an inattentive parent or caretaker and thus bear some responsibility for the accident).
- Speak with an amusement park drowning attorney as soon as possible. At Zinda Law Group, we will help you through this difficult and traumatic time by analyzing your case and determining what compensation you may be entitled to. We are here to help you recover compensation you need for medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses you and your family have experienced and will vigorously represent your interests just as the amusement park’s attorneys represent theirs. Contact our office today at (800) 863-5312 to schedule your consultation with one of our amusement park drowning attorneys today.