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Recent Amusement Park Injuries Raise Red Flags


amusement park roller coasterOn Sunday, August 7, 10-year-old Caleb Schwab climbed aboard a seat for the ride of a lifetime – a 17-story plunge down the world’s tallest waterslide known as the Verruckt (“insane” in German). His family never saw the boy alive again. It has been confirmed that the boy was decapitated after being ejected from his seat during the ride and authorities are remaining tight-lipped about the case.

Every day, the personal injury litigators at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP meet with families who have sustained injuries and suffered losses. Like others in California and around the country, we’ve been appalled at the senseless loss of life from preventable accidents. Unfortunately, the death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab isn’t the only recent amusement park accident in the U.S.

Amusement park tragedies

Just one day after the death of Caleb Schwab, three girls were sent plummeting 30 feet to the ground from a Ferris wheel at a fair in eastern Tennessee. A six-year-old girl sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the fall and her 10-year-old sister broke her arm. An unidentified 16-year-old girl was treated for unknown injuries. The six-year-old girl was hospitalized in critical condition.

After the accident, inspectors determined that the cause of the accident was worn-out rivet fasteners that caused the gondola to overturn. Frank Guenthner, an inspector, wrote “Ride NOT safe to operate at time of inspection,” in his report.

Critics blame the lack of oversight and uniform government regulations for the carnival and amusement park industry. Currently, there are no national regulations; each state sets its own.

Understanding the liability issues

Victims of accidents or their surviving family members have legal options in the wake of an accident. In the case of an amusement park accident, it may be determined that the park owners or operators were negligent in failing to maintain the equipment, ensure the existence of necessary safety equipment, or properly train ride operators. In court, personal injury lawyers must demonstrate that the defendant owed a duty of care to the victim, that the defendant breached this duty of care, and that the victim suffered injuries or the loss of life as a direct consequence.

At Nadrich & Cohen, LLP, our seasoned litigators have a wealth of experience in putting together airtight cases. Long before we go before a jury, our team conducts an in-depth analysis of all of the physical evidence and eyewitness statements, hires outside investigators when need be, and consults various experts in the industry-all of which helps us to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.

Turn to the accident professionals

In the wake of an accident, your family needs answers. The experienced personal injury team at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP will review your case free of charge and help you understand your legal rights and options. Should you decide to pursue legal recourse, our seasoned litigators will fight to obtain the highest possible award on your behalf. Since 1990, we’ve successfully recovered more than $350,000,000 on behalf of our personal injury clients in the greater Los Angeles area. Call us today at (310) 826-8082.

Related Resources:

  1. Time, What We Know About the Young Boy Decapitated on the World’s Tallest Water Slide, http://time.com/4444447/caleb-schwab-verruckt-water-slide-death/
  2. CBS News, New details on what caused Ferris wheel accident in Tennessee, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ferris-wheel-accident-in-tennessee-worn-out-rivet-fasteners/

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