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Unsafe Amusement Park Rides

Millions of Americans flock to amusement parks each year, but the twists and turns of an amusement park ride come at a risk. Every year, thousands of patrons are injured at amusement parks, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). For an unlucky few, a trip to an amusement park may even end in tragedy. In the majority of amusement park accidents, most injuries and deaths are attributable to negligence by amusement park staff or owners. One of the most commonly cited causes of amusement park accidents involves a failure to detect malfunctioning rides or ride parts. Regardless of who or what is to blame for an amusement park accident, it is important that families of injured victims seek legal representation.

Smallest Riders are Often the Most Vulnerable

Children and adolescents are those most likely to require medical attention following an amusement park accident. One study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy estimates that nearly 4,500 amusement park patrons under the age of 18 visit emergency rooms for injuries sustained at an amusement park each year. Most commonly, children are injured when they fall off, on, or against a ride. However, the most serious types of injuries to children often happen  when they are struck by a ride or are struck by a foreign object during a ride. Twenty-eight percent of all amusement park accidents involving a child or adolescent result in brain or spinal cord injuries.

The statistics are sobering and cause for alarm, but many of these accidents are entirely avoidable. Because children and adolescents are among the most vulnerable at an amusement park, it is imperative that staff adhere to height and weight restrictions for all rides. Similarly, when a ride is off-limits to children who are unaccompanied by an adult, the rule must be enforced. Amusement park staff is also responsible for ensuring that all safety belts are securely fastened before operating a ride. Failure to do so can give rise to a personal injury claim if a rider is hurt.

Children are not the only ones at risk, as adults are frequently injured in amusement park accidents as well. Liability can arise when park owners fail to provide patrons with adequate warnings about the dangers posed by a ride. Rides that involve high speeds, sharp turns and centrifugal force must be advertised accordingly because they place patrons who are pregnant or suffer from a heart condition at an increased risk of injury. Amusement park officials must securely cordon off all amusement park rides to prevent passersby from venturing into harm’s way. Additionally, all rides must be routinely inspected and immediately decommissioned when a defect is discovered.

Comparative Negligence in Amusement Park Accidents

It should be noted that an injury may be compensable even when a patron’s own actions contributed to their fate. Pursuant to New Jersey’s Comparative Negligence Act, N.J.S.A. 2A:15-5.1, et seq., damages are subject to a reduction when a plaintiff is at least partly to blame for their injuries, such as when a rider fails to obey a posted weight limit or fails to keep his or her arms and legs inside a moving ride as instructed. However, if an amusement park owner or staff member is found by a judge or jury to be more than 50 percent responsible for an amusement park accident, the plaintiff’s actions cannot serve as an outright bar to compensation.

New Jersey Premises Liability Lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP Seek Justice for Injured Riders

If you or a loved one has been injured in an amusement park accident, the New Jersey amusement park accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP will seek compensation on your behalf. Call 732-384-1331 or contact us online today to schedule a consultation at our offices in Red Bank, Edison or Toms River, New Jersey, where we represent amusement park accident victims throughout the surrounding areas.

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"The list is LONG of the wonderful things that I can say about Barry, Maria (his assistant) & the rest of the folks that I had the HONOR of spending time with during my case. I brought my case to another lawyer that told me that I have no case, yet Barry was not only able to WIN, but he WON a substantial amount! Lawyers have awful reputations, but Barry defies every single one of them! Barry Eichen genuinely CARES about his clients!! NOTHING was too much to ask for – there was no such thing as too many phone calls! Without a doubt, I was in the BEST HANDS with Barry as my attorney! I not only WON my lawsuit, but I also WON lifelong FRIENDS!"

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"I had a bad accident back in June of 2015. My dad knows Barry. I have to say he is a great person. I was unsatisfied with some things that were happening with a previous lawyer and he made sure everything was fixed and I was satisfied. My lawyer Edward McElroy is great he answers emails in a timely matter even on weekends. I know they probably used to get annoyed with me calling all the time Lol. But I was just curious to what is going on with my case. Nicole, Ed’s secretary is great. She always responds back to my emails in a timely matter as well and even checks up on things with me from time to time. Barry recently became my mother and cousins Lawyer do to a bad accident they were involved in as well. I would highly recommend this firm. Thanks guys 🙂"

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2018-10-31T17:42:12+00:00

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"I had a bad accident back in June of 2015. My dad knows Barry. I have to say he is a great person. I was unsatisfied with some things that were happening with a previous lawyer and he made sure everything was fixed and I was satisfied. My lawyer Edward McElroy is great he answers emails in a timely matter even on weekends. I know they probably used to get annoyed with me calling all the time Lol. But I was just curious to what is going on with my case. Nicole, Ed’s secretary is great. She always responds back to my emails in a timely matter as well and even checks up on things with me from time to time. Barry recently became my mother and cousins Lawyer do to a bad accident they were involved in as well. I would highly recommend this firm. Thanks guys 🙂"

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"The loss of my husband due to malpractice was and is devastating, Daryl took on our case and said, “Unfortunately I can’t bring your husband back but I can make sure that you will be ok financially,” and that is what he did , with compassion and dedication and always made feel like he had time for me, I never felt rushed or unimportant, I cannot say enough about how professional yet caring this office has treated me . Mr. Zaslow is truly the best at what he does and I can’t say enough about his secretary who not only kept me informed but listened to me during the most painful time of my life , all I can say is what a great team . Thank you Daryl for helping me . Thank you Heather for listening."

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2018-10-31T17:44:24+00:00

~ C.C.

"The loss of my husband due to malpractice was and is devastating, Daryl took on our case and said, “Unfortunately I can’t bring your husband back but I can make sure that you will be ok financially,” and that is what he did , with compassion and dedication and always made feel like he had time for me, I never felt rushed or unimportant, I cannot say enough about how professional yet caring this office has treated me . Mr. Zaslow is truly the best at what he does and I can’t say enough about his secretary who not only kept me informed but listened to me during the most painful time of my life , all I can say is what a great team . Thank you Daryl for helping me . Thank you Heather for listening."

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"When, at age 44 my son suffered a massive Ischemic stroke, my greatest concern was how he would be able to live a normal life without the use of his speech and his arm. Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him and through his tireless efforts, his medical knowledge and his sincere concern for my son, Mr. Zaslow secured for my son a future not only without financial worries, but with hope and happiness. There are no words to express the thanks of our family to a great lawyer."

~ Client

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2018-10-31T17:48:36+00:00

~ Client

"When, at age 44 my son suffered a massive Ischemic stroke, my greatest concern was how he would be able to live a normal life without the use of his speech and his arm. Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him and through his tireless efforts, his medical knowledge and his sincere concern for my son, Mr. Zaslow secured for my son a future not only without financial worries, but with hope and happiness. There are no words to express the thanks of our family to a great lawyer."

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2018-10-31T17:51:39+00:00

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"Very very pleased with the service and professionalism of this law firm. I really felt that my case was very important to them and went to every length to achieve the best outcome possible. Or attorney really went to bat for me and his staff was very professional and courteous. Highly recommended. Thank you again for a great outcome !!"

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"Mr. Eichen handled a motorcycle accident for me in 2002, as well as various other cases since that time. I have permanent injuries from that accident and he was able to resolve my case for the full policy limits and get me compensation as quickly as possible. I would highly recommend his firm."

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"Mr. Eichen handled a motorcycle accident for me in 2002, as well as various other cases since that time. I have permanent injuries from that accident and he was able to resolve my case for the full policy limits and get me compensation as quickly as possible. I would highly recommend his firm."
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