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Amusement parks and liability

New York residents may have heard about some serious injuries at amusement parks. In 2016, a 10-year-old boy died in an accident at a Kansas water park. Both the manufacturer of the rafts for the ride and the owners and operators of the park reached a settlement with the family. Although the amount was not disclosed, it was believed to be around $20 million.

In a less serious incident in May 2017, another 10-year-old child was thrown from the slide on the opening day of a California water park. Although he landed on concrete, the child only suffered minor injuries. Parts of the park had to be closed.

Because of the risks of these types of incidents, manufacturers that make equipment for theme parks carry general liability insurance. When an accident occurs, it is necessary to determine whether the manufacturer or another entity is responsible. For example, if the ride is operated incorrectly, the park and not the manufacturer may be liable.

When people are injured on property belonging to another party, that other party might be liable in the accident even if it is not as severe as an amusement park accident. For example, slip-and-fall accidents are common injuries. These might occur when there are obstacles in a corridor or a floor is wet among other reasons. As long as the injured person was not trespassing, the property owner might be considered responsible under premises liability law for being negligent in maintaining the safety of a property. Since injuries from slip-and-fall accidents can be serious, including broken bones and traumatic brain injury, it may be important for an injured person to meet with an attorney to see how to go about seeking compensation.

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