Injuries at Amusement Parks in Texas
Did you know that amusement and theme park injuries are so common in Texas that the Texas Department of Insurance keeps a record of them? While many families seek out amusement and theme parks for a vacation or to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and milestone occasions like the last day of school, they can be dangerous places. In fact, the state agency notes that 143 people have been seriously injured at amusement and theme parks from August 2019 to May 2022.
Most Common Injuries at Amusement Parks
Because amusement parks are so large with numerous rides, workers, and visitors, there are many dangers lurking. Amusement, theme, and water parks in Texas are required to get compliance stickers for all rides, which they are eligible for after passing an inspection by the park’s insurance company, submitting a quarterly injury report, and meeting other requirements. Even with these safeguards in place, accidents and injuries happen. Common injuries at amusement parks include:
- Concussions and contusions
- Broken bones
- Emotional and psychological trauma
- Neck sprains or broken neck
- Rider fatalities from rides that were not properly operated or maintained
- Spinal cord injuries
- Sprained ankles and muscles
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
Amusement and Theme Parks in Texas with the Most Reported Injuries
According to the Texas Department of Insurance, the amusement and theme parks with the most reported injury incidents since 2019 are:
- Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington
- Hurricane Harbor
- Momentum Indoor Climbing
- Sea World Texas
- Six Flags Splashtown
- Wet N’ Wild
- Typhoon Texas
- Wonderland Amusement Park
- Great Wolf Lodge
- Hawaiian Falls
- Gravity Park
- YesterLand Farm
Injured at an Amusement Park in Texas? Know Your Rights
If you or your child were injured at an amusement or theme park in Texas, you have a right to recover compensation for your injuries or losses. It is important to follow these five steps to help your case and recovery:
- File a Report with the Park: Amusement and theme parks have processes to document customer-related incidents that result in injuries. This documentation should flag the establishment’s management to preserve any security footage they may have.
- Document What Happened: Record as much about the incident as possible. This includes taking pictures of the unsafe or defective ride, writing down what happened, gathering contact information for anyone you spoke to who witnessed or was involved in the event. The more detailed information you can document, the stronger your case will be.
- Seek Medical Attention: Not all injuries from amusement park accidents are visible, which is why it is important to see a doctor or get checked by an emergency physician. If an amusement park offers to provide you with on-site medical care, decline the offer and get it checked out by doctors you trust. The doctor visit will also document any injuries that can be used in your case.
- Document Your Injuries and Healing Process: Similar to when you document the incident, you will need to log your injuries. You can take pictures and write down details from your doctor visits, track additional injuries like bruises that may appear after the incident, and chronicle your healing process.
- Contact The Button Law Firm’s experienced Texas Amusement Park Injury Lawyers. Our lawyers at The Button Law Firm handle amusement park cases all over Texas. The laws are not straightforward with these cases, so let our knowledgeable team review your situation and help you seek the compensation that you deserve within two years from the date of the incident. We can also help you navigate complicated insurance processes.