By definition, an amusement park is supposed to be an entertaining place where people can enjoy themselves with the various attractions that are offered, and in most cases that is exactly what happens. Unfortunately, injuries can occur – in fact, there are thousands of people hurt at amusement parks every year. Some of these injuries are minor and others are catastrophic or even fatal. If you have suffered an injury, a Philadelphia amusement park injury attorney from the law firm of Bochetto & Lentz can help you get the justice you deserve.

There are a number of different legal avenues that are available to those who have been injured at amusement parks. The experienced Philadelphia amusement park injury attorneys of Bochetto & Lentz will know which claim is most appropriate for the type of accident you have been involved in. In most cases the claim will either involve product liability, premises liability or negligence.

It is incumbent upon an amusement park operator to ensure that they are applying the appropriate duty of care to the rides within their park. Rides are expected to be safe and have all of the appropriate safety restraints. They are to be properly maintained and inspected regularly, and safety instructions and supervision are expected to be provided.  This requirement reaches into both the arenas of product liability and employee liability, as well as the liability of the park itself.  If a ride is proven to be defective, then it may be the responsibility of its manufacturer or the maker of a part, but it may also be an issue of it being improperly operated. Employee and park liability issues can involve a number of oversights or negligent acts, including:

  • Lack of proper warning signs for safety and health risks
  • Lack of proper training of employees in ride operation
  • Lack of proper maintenance of equipment
  • Lack of appropriate inspections of equipment
  • Improper operation of equipment
  • Lack of proper instruction to riders

Though some park operators may attempt to defend themselves by citing the risk presented by amusement park rides, for that reason they have a legal responsibility to provide a high level of caution and care for their guests.  They also have a duty to maintain the rest of their property in a safe way that is free of hidden dangers, in much the same way that any other business does. Though most amusement park injuries are ride-related, parks also have a responsibility to protect guests from slip-and-fall accidents, and therefore are responsible for making sure that railings are provided in steep areas, spilled food and drink are quickly cleaned up, and slippery surfaces are warned against.

If you or someone you love has been injured at an amusement park or on an amusement park ride, then the experienced Philadelphia amusement injury attorneys at Bochetto & Lentz can help you get the justice you deserve. Contact us today to set up an appointment.


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