Articles Posted in Attractions & Theme Parks

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By David A. Wolf, Attorney

Child Injury Lawyer Blog

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There are times of the year in which children and others are out at a bit of a higher risk that other times of the year.  In the United States, New Year’s Eve, July 4th, and other holidays / celebrations throughout the year,  tend to bring out firework purchases and enthusiasts.  Any time that a fireworks are ignited, even by professional, there is a risk for injury.  When the fireworks are ignited by people without training including those under the influence of alcohol, people including children can suffer personal injuries in the form of eye injuries, burn injuries, and other injuries.

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By David A. Wolf, Attorney – Child Injury Lawyer Blog

Amusement Park Personal Injuries.001In Tennessee and other States, there have been reported incidents or accidents at theme parks or amusement parks involving children.  Amusement parks and theme parks welcome children and specifically advertise to families and children.  As such, the owners and operators of amusement parks and theme parks should make sure that the rides are safe, that the rides are well maintained, and that the rides are properly supervised by trained and diligent ride attendants.   When an adult or child is injured at a theme park or amusement park, there are essentially four legal elements to prove to establish as claim or case:

1. Duty;

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by David A. Wolf, Attorney – Child Injury Lawyer Blog
Amusement Park.001In Kansas and throughout the United States, adults, children, and families visit theme parks, amusement parks, and water parks. For most guests and visitors, the days and nights are filled with fun, adventure, laughter, and good times. Unfortunate for some children and adults, the theme park, amusement park, or water park is the site of a catastrophic personal injury or death.  When a business operates or manages a recreation areas, there is a duty to keep the grounds, rides, and attractions in good repair and to have attentive ride operators, supervisors, and lifeguards in place for the safety and protection of the guests and visitors especially children.  Theme parks, amusement parks, and water parks invite and market to families and children. As such, all safety measures should be set up for the protection of the smaller and younger guest in the form of children.   Like other types of personal injury cases or claims there are four essential elements to pursue a civil case or claim on behalf of the injury victim as follows:
  1. Duty;
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By David A. Wolf

Child Injury Lawyer Blog
cal-0814-cl5-funpark11During most visits to a theme park or amusement park, the days and nights are filled with fun, laughter, time with family and friends, cotton candy, and just plain old fashioned fun.  Unfortunately, for some children or adults, a visit to a theme park or amusement park can end with a serious incident / accident causing personal injuries.  Amusement parks and theme parks advertise to and welcome adults and children alike to the rides, grounds, and attractions.  As such, it is vital that all rides and attractions are probably assembled, up to date on inspections, and operated by trained and conscientious ride attendants.  If a ride is not properly secured or latched, some terrible personal injuries can result.   Furthermore, if one bolt or piece of tract is out of place or out of repair – then other similar mishaps can take place leading to serious personal injuries.  Like other cases involving personal injuries, there are four essential elements to pursue a case or claim for personal injuries taking place at a theme park or amusement park as follows:
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By  David Wolf, Attorney

Fire Rescue Graphic Blue in SquareBounce houses are common sites in neighborhoods, parks, theme parks, attractions, and amusement centers. One potential dangerous condition in or near bounce house area is concrete.  If a bounce house is placed on concrete and there are any exposed areas, a serious personal injury can result.   There is also a danger to having any entry or exit areas near concrete.   As a child is entering or exiting a bounce house, the child can easily fall or lose balance.  This, in turn, can lead to a hard impact on the concrete.  This is especially dangerous if the child’s head hits the concrete ground surface.  Because of the dangers associated with bounce houses, it is advisable that bounce houses be installed by trained professionals and that all reasonable and available safety measures are provided to prevent serious injuries to children playing in or near the bounce house area.
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By  David Wolf, Attorney

sports_1000009537-120613intIn the summer and other times of the year, there is always a risk of drowning to toddlers, children, teenagers, and yes adults.  Putting safety measures in place is not just for special events and public pools.  Safety should be a priority any time that a person (of any age) is on, in, or near the water whether it is a swimming pool, water park, wading pool, lake, river, canal, or ocean.   Even a lazy river winding itself around the confines of a luxury resort can be the site of a horrible yet preventable drowning or near drowning incident. Most drowning or near drowning incidents can be prevented with the proper planning and the proper supervision of the swim area.   Let’s talk a bit about supervision.  Here is an equation to consider:
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By  David Wolf, Attorney

103-1113tm-vector2-2933During the summer and other times of the year, children are welcomed visitors at trampoline parks, bounce house activity centers, attractions, and theme parks.  In fact, at these locations, the marketing efforts of the companies and corporations are commonly directed to children.  As such, if children are a major focus group of a company or business, then safety of those same children should be a priority as well.  Of course, with any physical activity, there is a risk of injury.
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By  David Wolf, Attorney

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Children, especially younger ones under the age of 5, are at serious risk for injuries when walking up or down stairs OR when on or near escalators.  When a summer camp, school, or day care center is supervising children on campus OR on a field trip, it is important to provide the necessary supervision to make sure that children are kept out of harm’s way.  Many staircases are built in a manner in which a child could crawl or squeeze between the bar. As such, at any given moment, a child, who is not under the constant watch or supervision of a child care provider, could slip away and suffer from a fall that leads to serious personal injuries or even death.
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By David Wolf, Attorney and Robert Fernicola, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

 Trampolines are common sites in most neighborhoods especially those with small children.  While a trampoline can provide children with an activity that is away from the computer, smart phone, X-Box, and other sedentary activities, the trampoline can also be the site or location for serious personal injuries.  Unfortunately, many homeowners,  business owners, school administrators, or amusement – theme park operators  with trampolines on the premises fail to maintain the trampoline in a safe condition OR fail to provide adequate and appropriate adult supervision during the child’s use of a trampoline.   Small children especially those with poor motor skills are especially at risk for trampoline related personal injuries.   There are some safety precautions that can and should be taken as follows:

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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bounce%20house%20castle%20safety.jpgYears ago, bounce houses were limited to amusement and theme parks. They were set up and supervised by professionals who had experience with the bounce houses and inflatables. Over time, bounce houses and inflatables became affordable and accessible for just about every parent or person throwing a back yard party. It is common for a parent to rent an inflatable and get limited to no instructions as to safety while the bounce house is in use. There are some companies that take the time to provide safety precautions and recommended rules for use. There are also some companies that provide supervision in addition to the delivery of the bounce house. Supervision is well and good as long as it is consisent and free from distractions. Having a bounce house attendant in place but on his or her mobile phone most of the time is not much better than no supervision at all. When a parent or person rents or puts up a bounce house for use by children, it is important to keep some safety rules, tips, and precautions in mind and in place.