Amusement Park and Fair Injuries in Texas
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. Upon entry to a park, the upbeat music, glitzy lights, and anticipation of experiencing the newest rides all spark excitement for children. However, a fun-filled day with family and friends can quickly turn into a horrific nightmare. Data from an International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) survey released last year revealed that 1,299 people experienced ride-related injuries in 2019, an increase over the previous years. Sadly, the latest data shows 51% of amusement park injuries impact children.
If your child or loved one has been seriously hurt or passed away because of an accident at an amusement or theme park, our Texas amusement park accident attorneys at The Button Law Firm can help you get the compensation your family deserves and protect others from getting hurt in the future.
Causes of Amusement Park Accidents and Injuries
We have all seen the news headlines: “Another Child Falls From Theme Park Ride,” “14-Year-Old Suffers Broken Bones, Spinal Compression After Avoidable Fall at Trampoline Park,” and “Child Injured on Ride.” A study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics found that approximately 4,423 children are treated for amusement park injuries in the emergency room every year. Researchers also found that 70% of those injuries occurred during the summer months when a majority of families head to these parks for what should be a fun summer outing.
Main causes of accidents at amusement parks are:
- Improper equipment maintenance and inspection of rides
- Ride operator errors
- Falls caused by defective ride restraints or locks
- Inadequate employee training and supervision
- Insufficient height or weight restrictions
- Dangerous property conditions, including slick surfaces and poor lighting
- Unsafe ride procedures, including loading and unloading of riders
- Ride design and construction defects
Unfortunately, accidents can harm children at any park—from large amusement parks with fixed rides to water parks to even temporary amusement parks like the State Fair of Texas and Houston Rodeo. According to the Texas Department of Insurance, the amusement and theme parks with the most reported incidents with injuries 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
How We Can Help Your Family After an Amusement Park or Theme Park Accident
One child harmed at an amusement park is one too many, and 4,423 children being treated for amusement park injuries in emergency rooms every year is simply unacceptable. Following an amusement park accident in Texas, your child and family may be eligible for compensation to cover:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages from missing work to take care of a child recovering from injuries
In the instance that a loved one tragically passed away because of an accident at an amusement or theme park, your family may be eligible for compensation to cover:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses incurred prior to passing away
- Other unexpected costly fees
Our team of experienced attorneys at The Button Law Firm is dedicated to advocating for you and your family. We can discuss your situation and guide you and your family on the best path forward. With offices in Dallas, Houston, and Midland, we are ready to help you anywhere in The Lone Star State. Call us at 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form.
Frequently Asked Questions About Helping You with Your Amusement Park Injury Claim
Is there a time limit to file a claim?
Those who were injured or have family members who were injured or killed following an amusement or theme park accident have two years to file a claim. There are some exceptions to this time limit, so contact our team of experts today at 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form and we can determine how the legal statutes impact your case.
How much does it cost to file a claim?
At The Button Law Firm, we don’t charge you or collect any upfront fees to get started on your case. We work on contingency. This way, your family can focus on helping your child heal from their injuries while we focus on advocating and fighting for you. Call us at 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form to get started.
Who do you represent?
We advocate for children and individuals in Texas who have been hurt and the family members of a loved one who passed away because of an amusement or theme park accident. With offices in Dallas, Houston, and Midland, we are ready to help you and your family anywhere in the Lone Star State.
How can I file a claim?
Why should I work with The Button Law Firm?
We are dedicated to defending Texas children and families who have experienced an amusement or theme park accident. Our team is ready to listen to you, advocate for you, and help you hold negligent park owners and operators accountable. See what our past clients have to say about working with us to handle their legal matters.