Every year individuals travel to the hundreds of amusement parks and countless fairgrounds across the United States for what is supposed to be a day of fun. Unfortunately, accidents at these destinations are all too common. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, which provides raw data on injury statistics, estimates that over 30,000 individuals sought emergency department treatment for injuries associated with amusement rides in 2016. Children are often the victims of these injuries, a study published in the May 2013 issue of the journal Clinical Pediatrics found that between 1990 and 2010, an estimated 92,885 children sought treatment for injuries involving amusement rides in emergency departments in the United States. The study further called more an improved nation system for monitoring injuries involving amusement rides.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission previously had jurisdiction over the regulation of all amusement park rides; however, in 1981 the Commission’s jurisdiction was limited to no longer include fixed rides (such as those at permanent amusement parks). Regulation of these fixed rides is left to various state agencies, for example, in Ohio, the state Department of Agriculture is charged with their oversight. Ultimately, the responsibility for safety falls upon the owners, operators, manufacturers, and designers of the rides. Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine PC has experience in representing individuals seriously injured or killed by amusement park negligence.
If you or a loved one have had suffered a serious injury related to an amusement ride contact one of the experienced personal injury attorneys at Burg Simpson today. Our award-winning lawyers would be happy to discuss your potential claim. Call 1-800-713-9340 or fill out our contact form for a FREE no-obligation consultation today.