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Premises liability: 1 dead, 6 injured in 4 park accidents

Connecticut readers were likely horrified to learn about four recent amusement park accidents that occurred within five days. Each of these incidents could result in a premises liability claim. The latest tragedy involved a 3-year-old who fell off a wooden roller coaster that was built almost 80 years ago. The other accidents involved a 10-year-old boy who was killed on a waterslide, two kids hurt by a detached launch cable and three children seriously injured (including one with a brain injury) after falling from a Ferris wheel.

The period between May and September is the busiest time for amusement parks, and it is said that about 20 injuries per day are reported nationwide during that part of the year. Reportedly, more than 4,400 amusement park injuries occur each year. Some 30,000 of those injured over the years were reported to be younger than 18.

A 2013 study relied upon information provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The data spanned a 20-year period and contained records of children and teenagers who received emergency room treatment after suffering amusement park injuries. The injuries suffered included neck and head injuries, facial injuries and fractured limbs. Soft tissue injuries, including ligament, muscle and tendon damage, were also common.

Connecticut parents whose children have suffered injuries in amusement park accidents may have to face substantial medical expenses that may be ongoing, as in the case of the child who suffered a brain injury. The surviving families of those killed in such accidents may also face financial difficulties related to end-of-life expenses. Recovery of financial and emotional losses may be pursued by filing premises liability claims in a civil court. Many of these cases can be complicated and are best navigated by an experienced attorney.

Source:, "Boy falls off Pennsylvania roller coaster", Steve Visser and Lauren Del Valle, Aug. 11, 2016

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