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Top 7 Injury Risks at the Water Park

There’s nothing like splashing around in a water park with your family during the summer months, or enjoying the thrill of a fast-paced water slide. Unfortunately, these amusement parks cause thousands of people to become injured every year – and although the rate of injury is relatively low overall, the consequences for these injuries are often devastating.

At Dean Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers can help you take action after a water slide journey or theme park ride goes wrong. With compassion and understanding, our experienced team will provide the legal advocacy that you deserve. While we hope that you and your family can stay safe this summer and beyond, our doors are always open for a free consultation if you need legal services.

Major Injury Risks at the Water Park

Most of the people who visit U.S. water parks annually are able to enjoy their visit without any problems or accidents, but for the estimated 5,200 people each year who become seriously injured on the rides, these summer hot spots create traumatic memories rather than positive ones. From poorly-designed slides to bacteria lurking in the wave pools, there are dozens of safety hazards at the average water park – and when these hazards are combined with limited child supervision, the injury risks can be even greater.

Here are the top 7 injury risks to watch out for at the water park this summer:

  1. Excess chlorine and other sanitation agents: Chemicals like chlorine and bleach are required to keep pool water free from the most dangerous bacteria. However, these sanitizing agents can also cause fatal injuries when overused, as chlorine gas is highly toxic to humans. In some cases, it can even form a toxic chlorine gas cloud, as was the case at Michigan Adventure in 2014 when 26 people were put in the hospital.
  2. Falls: Falls are already one of the most common causes of injury for children, seniors, and even adults. When you combine rushing water and tall slides, it can be a recipe for disaster. Many of the people injured in water parks each year suffer head and neck injuries, as well as internal organ damage, from multi-story falls on rides.
  3. Head trauma and decapitation: When slides and rides aren’t built correctly, it often results in a head trauma risk for those who participate. In 2016, a 10-year old child died during a visit to the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, after suffering a fatal head injury on the notorious Verruckt slide.
  4. Drowning: Although it may seem impossible for children to drown in a crowded pool surrounded by peers and other families, the CDC estimates that at least 350 people die from drowning each year, many in broad daylight. Additionally, 1 in 5 of all drowning victims are children under the age of 14. Without proper supervision at all times, children in busy water parks may quickly find themselves in a dangerous situation and sustain drowning injuries.
  5. Bacterial infections: Perhaps the most ominous danger at the water park is the risk of bacterial infection, which causes thousands of injuries in pools across America each year. The biggest offenders include e. Coli, which results from contact with feces and urine, and cryptosporidium, which is a chlorine-resistant parasite also contracted from feces.
  6. Foreign objects in pool: Any water park employee will tell you that people leave things behind in the pools and rides – and unfortunately, most of these foreign objects can pose injury hazards. From acrylic nails to glass to trash, accelerated contact with these objects can lead to sepsis, tetanus, and other serious conditions.
  7. Electrocution: If ride operators are not careful about maintaining their rides, loose wires can cause people to sustain electrocution injuries. Although relatively rare, this form of injury can quickly become fatal.

Who Do I Hold Accountable for Water Park Injuries?

In spite of the risks, there are few federal regulations in place governing water parks. In 1981, Congress stripped the Consumer Product Safety Commission of its right to regulate water parks as “consumer products,” making it more difficult for individuals to sue the manufacturer of a faulty water slide. That means that most water park injury claims must be brought on the principle of premises liability law, and show that the ride owners and operators were negligent in some way.

Depending on the nature of your accident, you could be dealing with extended effects from a major infection, or life-altering and disfiguring injuries from a head trauma. If you believe that a negligent park operator contributed to your injuries, our attorneys at Dean Law Firm can help you pursue a claim. With millions of dollars won on behalf of our clients, we have the skill and the knowledge to investigate your water park injuries, and ensure that no one has to experience what you have experienced.

Call (432) 214-8125 if you’re injured at a water park this summer, and our attorneys would be happy to assist you with a free consultation.