Offering thrills, chills, and excitement, rollercoasters are a fan favorite at amusement parks across Maryland. However, unthinkable tragedies can result when rollercoasters are improperly maintained, designed, or operated. These types of hazards can turn any amusement park ride dangerous, even slow-moving kiddie rides that are designed for young children. When amusement park accidents lead to deaths or injuries, all those responsible must be held accountable.
If you or your child was injured on a rollercoaster or other type of theme park ride, turn to Baltimore amusement park accident lawyer Randolph Rice for dedicated support. Serving personal injury victims throughout the Baltimore area, Rice, Murtha & Psoras has a history of providing effective representation in complex accident cases. Contact us online today to arrange a free legal consultation, or call 24 hours, seven days a week, at (410) 694-7291.
Common Types of Amusement Park Injuries in Baltimore
Modern rollercoasters hurtle passengers through massive drops, incredible speeds, and gravity-defying designs. The taller and faster the ride, the more likely it is that a serious injury could result in the event that an accident occurs. At Rice, Murtha & Psoras, we handle all types of personal injury claims against theme parks and amusement parks in Baltimore, including but not limited to claims that involve:
- Broken bones (bone fractures)
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Internal bleeding
- Neck injuries
- Pelvic fractures and other hip injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash
- Wrist injuries
- Wrongful death
What Causes Theme Park Accidents?
With today’s theme parks competing to deliver the biggest, fastest, and most “extreme” rides to guests, strict safeguards are increasingly important for preventing accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, there are countless ways that safety can be compromised.
When a park employee, ride designer, or maintenance worker is negligent, a catastrophic or even fatal injury can occur. Some common causes of rollercoaster injuries and other amusement park ride injuries include:
- Failing to check lap bars, safety harnesses, and other restraints
- Failing to provide adequate security on the premises
- Failing to provide clear and accurate safety instructions to riders
- Failing to design, test, inspect, or maintain rides appropriately
- Failing to train park employees properly
- Failing to warn riders or park guests of possible risks and dangers
- Operating rides improperly
Not all theme park injuries are ride-related. For example, a guest could be attacked by another visitor, or might suffer an injury from an amusement park slip and fall accident. Slip and fall injuries are frequently caused by inadequate park maintenance, such as the failure to mop up spills, remove debris, or repair hazards within a reasonable amount of time.
Can You Sue an Amusement Park for an Accident in Baltimore?
After you are injured, an amusement park may try to claim that you are responsible for your own injuries because you “knew the risks” when you decided to attend the park. However, this defense does not always apply, particularly if there were unknown risks, such as a hidden defect in the rollercoaster’s design or assembly.
Make sure your case is reviewed by an experienced rollercoaster injury lawyer if you suffered an injury at a theme park in Baltimore. Lawsuits against amusement parks involve extremely complex insurance policies and safety regulations, which makes it essential to conduct a careful investigation. Level the playing field and get the dedicated legal support you need by contacting Rice, Murtha & Psoras for help. We can gather evidence, reach out to witnesses, evaluate your financial losses and treatment needs, protect you from unfair settlement offers, and facilitate your claim from day one of the process.
How Long Do You Have to File an Amusement Park Ride Lawsuit in Maryland?
If your amusement park injuries or rollercoaster injuries were caused by negligence, you may be entitled to compensation (“damages”), including compensation for your medical bills and the wages that you have lost because of your injuries. However, there are strict legal deadlines for suing an amusement park in Baltimore under the statute of limitations. With some exceptions, the Maryland personal injury statute of limitations is three years from the date of injury.
Baltimore Amusement Park + Rollercoaster Injury Attorney
When you challenge an amusement park in court, you are going up against a powerful legal team that will be fighting to protect the company’s bottom line. Don’t go it alone. Get help you can trust from an experienced, aggressive attorney with a clear record of achievement, like Baltimore rollercoaster accident lawyer Randolph Rice. Whether he is negotiating for a better settlement offer or preparing to go to trial, Randolph Rice is a seasoned and strategic advocate for justice.
To schedule a free legal consultation, contact Rice, Murtha & Psoras online, or call 24/7 at (410) 694-7291 to learn more about whether you could have a case. Our office serves theme park injury victims throughout the Baltimore region and beyond.