Amusement Park Ride Injures Child

Michael Talve, CEO

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— Updated on October 18, 2017

Amusement park ride injures childThis case involves an injury to a child while he was visiting an amusement park. While at the amusement park, the plaintiff prepared to traverse a water slide. At the end of the slide, there was a large, funnel-like bowl, where riders would spin around before dropping into a pool. The plaintiff, an eleven-year-old male, was allowed to ride alone in a tube. He was given no instructions, and there were no warning signs visible to the plaintiff. Once in the bowl portion of the slide, the plaintiff looked out of the tube and hit his head as he dropped into the pool. The plaintiff sustained a concussion and a laceration which required fourteen stitches.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. What is your experience with amusement park operations?
  • 2. Are you familiar with the type of ride in question?
  • 3. Should instructions for safe practice always be given before letting a rider on a high-risk ride?

Expert Witness Response E-006194

An argument can be made that there should have been more instructions as to prevent injury. Even on simpler rides, patrons are told safe practices on how they should hold their arms and point their bodies. Also, given the age of the plaintiff, there may be an issue with allowing him to go alone on the ride.

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