Virginia Amusement Park Injury attorneys
Amusement parks can be fun for the entire family, but they can also be dangerous. Malfunctioning rides, poorly trained staff, unremoved fall hazards, and negligent security can all result in serious injuries for amusement park visitors. In Virginia, amusement park owners, management, and staff can all be held liable for acts of negligence that cause injuries.
Virginia is home to several amusement parks, including Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, both in Williamsburg and Kings Dominion near Richmond.
If you or a loved one was injured in an amusement park accident, contact the Virginia premises liability lawyers at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our firm has an impressive track record in winning settlements and verdicts for our clients. We’ll file a claim or lawsuit to help you receive compensation for costly medical treatment and other expenses caused by the accident, such as time missed from work.
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Call us at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777 to schedule a free consultation today.
Several types of accidents can happen when amusement park management fails to provide the necessary safeguards. Amusement park accidents that cause serious injuries and fatalities include:
- Ride accidents
- Animal bites
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Falling objects
Virginia law requires amusement parks to post signs warning about the dangers caused by rides and other hazards, such as slippery floors. These signs must be posted in plain view and must never be covered. Rides must be inspected periodically, and unsafe conditions must be corrected before guests arrive at the park.
Dangerous conditions that lead to amusement park accidents include:
- Poor ride maintenance
- Lack of supervision
- Slippery floors
- Inadequate staff training
- Failure to provide adequate security
- Tripping hazards
- Insufficient lighting
- Broken or uneven pavement
Business owners and their employees have a duty of care to avoid actions that may cause reasonably foreseeable harm to others. When a preventable accident occurs, amusement park owners will often argue that visitors assumed that risk when they entered the park.
Although a disclaimer is typically printed on the back of a ticket informing guests about assumed risk, this doesn’t apply in cases of serious negligence, such as a ride that wasn’t properly inspected or ride operators and other staff who display a disregard for the safety of others. Also, Virginia law holds parks to a higher standard of care when the safety of children is involved.
Parties that may be held liable for amusement park injuries include:
- Management and staff
- Ride operators
- Manufacturers of unsafe rides
- Contractors who assemble rides
Amusement parks have a well-established playbook they may use to shield themselves from liability for injuries they cause. Staff may be told to “close ranks” and not share information that could prove responsibility when a guest is injured.
The experienced lawyers at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation to find out what really happened by collecting and examining the following types of evidence:
- Witness interviews
- Accident reports
- Videos created by park visitors
- Accident scene photos
- Surveillance camera video
- Physical evidence
- Expert testimony
- Ride maintenance records
- Internal company documents
Fall hazards, malfunctioning rides, and other dangerous conditions at amusement parks can result in accidents with devastating consequences. Injuries suffered by unsuspecting visitors may include:
- Bone fractures
- Neck and back injuries
- Nerve damage
- Organ failure
- Broken hips
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
When our investigation is complete, GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys will file a claim or lawsuit against anyone who performed an act of negligence that harmed you or a loved one. Damages may include:
- Current and future medical bills
- Loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Occupational therapy
- Emotional distress
- Medical devices
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Wheelchair access for your home
- Wrongful death
At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we’ve built our law practice on helping people who have been harmed by the careless actions of others. This isn’t just a job for us–our partners are both former U.S. Marines, and we consider our work to be a calling.
Ken Gibson has worked as a state and federal prosecutor, while John Singleton has worked at large insurance law firms, and now we’re using our experience to help our friends and neighbors in Virginia. That’s why one of our mottos is “big city experience, small town care.”
Give us a call at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777 to learn more today in a free consultation.
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Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.
- Safety Education
GibsonSingleton launches “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
- Annual Coat Drive
During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
- Hands-on Service
John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
- Supporting Local Schools
The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.