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Water parks are popular attractions for families because kids can run around and experience exciting rides and attractions while adults are able to sunbathe or float along on a “lazy river” ride. Many parents do not hesitate in taking their families to these attractions, believing that injuries are unlikely because of the abundance of lifeguards and security personnel. Water parks have been the site of tragic drownings and near-drownings, however. What is more, after a drowning or near-drowning most water parks will attempt to settle the incident by offering the family some amount of compensation in exchange for their promise not to sue. The families to accept these settlements often find out that the injuries sustained are far more serious and expensive than the settlement they received.

This is why it is important to contact Zinda Law Group following a water park injury accident. The park employees and management may be responsible for paying expenses and losses like medical bills, lost wages, and other losses you and your family experienced.

How Might a Water Park Be Responsible for My Injuries?

             There are a number of state and federal laws that water parks must comply with like the Virginia Graeme Baker Act. Water parks that do not comply with these rules and regulations are often found to be responsible for injuries that occur that would have been prevented had the park complied with the particular law or regulation. For example, the Virginia Graeme Baker Act describes the type of drain covers that must be present in pools and spas: a water park that did not have appropriate drain covers will likely be found to have violated the Act and thus be responsible for injuries like disembowelments, entrapments, and drownings that occur as a result.

But, even where a park appears to meet most state and federal laws, a parks’ employees can still act negligently if they:

  • Fail to hire and properly train enough lifeguards to monitor the rides;
  • Fail to properly treat their pools and spas with appropriate chemicals to kill bacteria and parasites;
  • Do not monitor and control access to rides that are not designed for young children;
  • Install rides that are defective, dangerous, or improperly supported;
  • Are not properly equipped to provide first aid and/or CPR to near-drowning victims; and
  • Apply improper CPR or first aid, exacerbating existing injuries.

Your water park accident attorney will examine the facts of your case and will then need to prove that (1) the water park owed you and your family a duty of care that required them to act in a certain way; (2) the water park failed to uphold this duty; (3) as a result of the park’s failure to uphold its duty, you or your loved one were injured; and (4) that injury resulted in monetary expenses and losses that can be compensated. If a judge or jury determines that each of these propositions are more likely true than not, then you may be awarded compensation.

Do I Need a Water Park Accident Lawyer?

            Many water park injury victims believe that their case is “clear cut” and that they can obtain compensation for themselves. This rarely turns out well: in fact, most studies suggest the amount of compensation received by people that represent themselves is significantly less than the compensation received by those represented by attorneys. At Zinda Law Group, we devote ourselves to protecting you and your family’s legal rights and working tirelessly to get you the compensation you need so that you can focus on your recovery following your accident. Contact us at (800) 863-5312 to learn how we can help you after a water park accident.