With summer, many children and adults will take to the swimming pools around California. In addition, many of the same people will head to waterparks looking to cool off and enjoy some adrenaline-pumping fun.
But waterparks and swimming pools are not just fun and games, and serious injuries can occur at these facilities. Not only can swimmers drown at a waterpark or in a swimming pool, but people can suffer broken bones when sliding down tubes or jumping off of diving boards.
How do Injuries Occur?
It is a hot summer day and you go to a local waterpark. In no time you are sliding down the twisting tubes into cooling pools of water. But it just takes one split second for you to slip or to lose control as you cascade down one of the giant slides. As you race down the plastic tube, you tumble into the side of the slide breaking your arm, shoulder, or leg. It may sound silly, but these accidents happen every year at waterparks across the United States, and the injuries cannot only be costly, but can also be life threatening.
In Dublin, California, a new $43 million waterpark opened in June of 2017, and at the grand opening, a 10-year-old boy fell from a three-story waterslide, sustaining several injuries. According to witnesses, it looked as if he “flew off the slide.” Luckily, the boy was not severely hurt, but the slide and others at the waterpark were shut down.
Common Waterpark Injuries
There are several injuries that you can sustain at a waterpark. The injuries you may receive include:
- Concussion and head injuries,
- Cuts and scrapes,
- Broken bones,
- Spinal cord injuries,
- Drowning or near drowning injuries, and
- Neck and back injuries.
What to do if You are Hurt
Your injuries and ability to file a personal injury lawsuit against a waterpark depend on how the injury was obtained. If the injury was sustained due to the slide or tube being defective or hazardous, then the waterpark can be held liable. The owners of the waterpark are held responsible to keep the park safe for all guests. If they cannot or do not keep the waterpark safe, then a personal injury lawsuit can be filed.
In addition, the employees of the waterpark may havely acted negligent. Their negligence could be the reason you sustained an injury. If that is the case, then those people can be held personally liable. If both the staff members and the waterpark as a whole were negligent, then both can be held responsible for your injury.
In the case of Shatoya Meeks, she was awarded $1.5m after she gashed her hand and tore ligaments on a water slide at Six Flags. The court held that the employees of the park were negligent after they failed to inspect the slide properly and warn park goers of the ride’s dangers.
Flahavan Law Offices
If you or a loved one has experienced an injury at a waterpark or swimming pool, contact Flahavan Law Offices. Flahavan Law Offices specializes in personal injury law and can give you advice on the compensation you deserve. Flahavan Law Office is here to help with all your personal injury law needs. We wrote the book on Personal Injury.