Waterparks can be a memorable experience for family or friends looking to enjoy an adventure-filled afternoon. We often expect that the operators of a waterpark have ensured that each attraction has been thoroughly inspected and that each attraction is operating as intended. Unfortunately, there are still a number of accidents that occur at waterparks every year. If you or a family member was injured while attending a waterpark, consult with an experienced Baltimore waterpark injury lawyer today.
The Law Offices of Randolph Rice is here to help you pursue a claim against a negligent waterpark that caused your injuries. To schedule a free case evaluation, contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291. You can also contact the firm online.
Common Causes of Waterpark Accidents
Accidents can occur at a waterpark in a multitude of ways. However, there are some types of waterpark accidents that are more common than others. The following is a list of common causes of waterpark accidents that could lead to a serious injury.
Slip and Falls
A slip and fall accident occurs when a person trips over some hazard that a property owner failed to clean up or repair. For example, failing to shovel snow from a sidewalk could easily lead to a slip and fall accident.
In the case of waterparks, there are several areas where a patron could have a slip and fall accident. For example, if a patron is climbing the steps to enter a waterslide, a spill on the steps would pose a risk for a serious accident. As many other areas of a waterpark may have wet floors that can lead to a slip and fall, it is important for visitors to be careful when traversing the park.
Waterslides can be dangerous for more than one reason. As mentioned, a visitor could fall and suffer a severe injury when walking up the steps to reach the slide. In some cases, the waterslide itself may injure a visitor. Some waterslides could be poorly built, which could cause a person to suffer various injuries.
If a waterslide was not properly erected, a customer could suffer many other injuries from bruises and bone fractures to serious head or back injuries.
At each waterpark attraction, there should be a ride operator that instructs customers how the ride is intended to be used. If a ride operator does not warn a customer of the dangers of a certain ride, the park could be held liable if the customer suffers a serious injury.
Alternatively, a customer could be injured because a ride operator failed to operate the attraction correctly. For example, if a ride operator turns on a wave pool to high power without warning, some customers could be knocked over or could even drown.
There are other causes of waterpark accidents that are not discussed above. To learn more about when to pursue a lawsuit for a waterpark injury, you should continue reading and speak with an experienced Baltimore personal injury lawyer today.
When to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit Against a Waterpark in Baltimore
If you were the victim of a serious waterpark accident, you should file a legal claim against the waterpark that responsible for your injuries. It is important to note claimants in a personal injury lawsuit do not have an unlimited amount of time to file their case due to the statute of limitations.
The statute of limitations determines the length of time that a person has to file a particular type of lawsuit. In Baltimore, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is three years from the date of the accident. If the claimant does not file their lawsuit within the three-year deadline, the defendant can successfully request that the court dismiss the claim. If the court dismisses the claim, the claimant may not have another opportunity to seek compensation for their injuries.
The statute of limitations was designed to ensure that claimants pursue a valid lawsuit within a reasonable amount of time. Alternatively, this law also helps the defendant avoid the possibility of indefinitely looking over their shoulder for a lawsuit that may never be filed.
While three years is a lengthy amount of time to pursue a personal injury lawsuit, there are many reasons why a claimant should pursue their case as soon as possible. For example, if you require the assistance of witnesses to help prove your claim, you do not want to wait until the memory of that witness becomes unreliable. Additionally, other evidence you may need to prove your case could be lost or destroyed if you wait years to file your lawsuit.
In some cases, a person may not realize they suffered a serious injury until after the date of the accident. When this happens, a claimant may be eligible to use the discovery rule exception to the statute of limitations. This exception allows the claimant to extend their filing deadline because they were not immediately aware of their injuries.
If you are concerned about how much time you have left to file your personal injury lawsuit, make an effort to speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Consult with Our Devoted Baltimore Waterpark + Waterslide Injury Attorney Today
If you or a family was a victim of negligence due to a negligent waterpark, contact an experienced Baltimore waterslide injury attorney. Personal injury lawyer Randolph Rice possesses a wealth of experience litigating several types of injury claims, and he would be honored to represent you. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291.