Maryland has a number of water parks that are regionally and internationally known as fun vacation destinations and excellent places for family trips. When people spend time at a water park, they typically understand that the water park operators have taken the time and care to make sure that rides are safe, and they may rely on lifeguards and other staff to help keep them safe at the park. Unfortunately for many, negligent and irresponsible choices and mistakes could leave them facing serious injuries and expensive medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one was injured at a water park in Maryland, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. The Rice, Murtha & Psoras’s Maryland water park injury lawyers may be able to help you with your case. For a free legal consultation with our experienced personal injury attorneys, call our law offices today at (410) 694-7291.
Common Injuries at Water Parks
One of the most obvious injuries that you might expect to occur at water parks is drowning. While there are many potential risks of suffering drowning injuries, there are risks of other common injuries as well:
Many rides at water parks involve sliding at high speeds or moving through the water along set tracks. Slides are typically made of hard plastic, which can cause head injuries and brain injuries if you strike against it at high speeds. Still, striking plastic is often not as serious as bumping your head against a cement wall. Pools, wave pools, lazy river rides, and other water park rides often have hard cement walls which can cause serious injuries to riders who bump against them or are pushed into the wall by other riders or tubes.
Lifeguards are posted at most water park rides to help prevent injuries by directing people away from dangers and unsafe activities. They are also supposed to quickly respond to anyone in crisis and help them get back to safety. If you are pushed underwater after a fall or a head injury, or if you cannot swim, you could begin to drown. Drowning is not necessarily fatal, but any time spent unable to breath can cause damage to your brain and nervous system. Drowning is also a common cause of death on water park rides.
Broken Bones and Dislocation Injuries
On water slides and other rides, you may be sent down through the ride on your own or while riding a tube or inflatable. If you strike against another rider, the edge of a slide or chute, or an inner tube, you could break bones if you were traveling at high speeds. Arms, feet, hands, fingers, and other extremities may get caught as you go, potentially stretching, hyperextending, or dislocating as well, causing substantial pain.
Speed slides and other rides involving high speeds could potentially cause you serious back and spine injuries if you strike against something during your trip or land poorly at the end. Many speed slides end in pools, but if you strike the water at an angle or come out of the slide too fast, you could suffer serious injuries on impact. Especially if you already have an underlying back condition, these injuries could be especially severe and cause prolonged pain and suffering. These injuries could also occur in slip and falls in wet areas that should have warning signs or should have spills cleaned promptly.
Filing a Lawsuit for Water Park Injuries
When you are injured in an accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the responsible parties. In many water park injury cases, the water park’s staff is likely the party that directly failed to keep you safe by failing to inspect rides, monitor safety conditions, or repair dangers and defects on the property. If the park worker was working within the scope of their job duties and actively performing their job for the benefit of the water park when their negligence occurred, you can likely sue the water park for their employee’s mistakes.
Typically, when you file a lawsuit for injuries, you file them in the local court where the injury occurred. For many non-residents of Maryland, this may mean handling your case in the State of Maryland with the help of an attorney licensed to practice in Maryland.
Water parks work with their legal teams and insurance companies to try to shut down claims before they arise. The park where you were injured may attempt to give you free tickets or passes or pay you a settlement to end any potential lawsuits cheaply and quickly. In many cases, it is vital to work with a lawyer to ensure that you get the compensation you are entitled to. Low-ball settlement offers are unacceptable, especially if you suffered substantial medical bills, permanent disability, or the death of a loved one.
When you file a lawsuit for your injuries, you must prove that the park was responsible for your injuries. Failing to properly monitor or inspect rides and the water park premises are some of the primary causes of negligence that leads to injuries. Your attorney can investigate the case and determine how the negligence occurred to help prove your case and get you the compensation you need.
Maryland Water Park Injury Attorneys Offering Free Legal Consultations
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident at a water park in Maryland, contact the Rice, Murtha & Psoras today. Our Maryland water park injury lawyer may be able to file your claim in court and work to get you compensation for the damages the water park caused you. For a free legal consultation on your case, call our law offices at (410) 694-7291.