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Nightmare in the sun: Child injuries at waterparks

Summer is a time for fun in the sun, so you packed up your car with accessories and loaded up your children. You headed to the waterpark thinking it would be a great way to make memories, but the memories you've been left with are horrible.

Instead of leaving happy, your child has left on a stretcher. He was going down a water slide when he went over the edge and fell to the ground. He could have a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and he definitely suffered broken bones and lacerations.

While you're thankful your child has survived this harrowing incident, you do want to know who you can hold liable. It doesn't make sense that your child fell off the ride. What can you do?

In many cases, the park itself will be liable for any injuries people suffer as a result of their rides or actions. If a ride is improperly maintained or operated, you can pursue compensation for the care your child needs.

Here's an example. If the ride has curved sides and is designed for a certain weight and height, then your child should not be allowed to ride if he or she is too small. Rides like these are designed with weight in mind, because someone too small could literally fly out of the water slide's half tubing. If an employee allows your child on against the rules and he or she gets hurt, you could have reason to sue.

Your attorney can listen to what happened and give you a good idea of what to expect if you decide to file a lawsuit. With the right support and experience behind you, you can make sure accidents like this don't happen again.

Source: FindLaw, "Who's Liable for Waterpark Injuries?," Brett Snider, Esq., accessed June 28, 2017

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