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Important Steps to Take before Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit Against an Amusement Park
Posted on May 22, 2016 in Personal Injury
According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), 300 million people visit the nearly 400 amusement parks in the United States every year.
In an analysis of amusement rides at parks and carnivals by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 37,154 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for serious amusement park injuries in 2011. Out of these injured people, 35,977 were released, while 1,177 required further treatment in the hospital or died due to their injuries.
Everyone loves amusement parks, but no one thinks about the dangers that come with these places. You and your family can have a fun experience in amusement parks, but your trip can turn sour in a matter of minutes if you or someone you love gets injured. An amusement park injury can lead to costly damages that come in the form of medical treatment, pain and suffering, lost wages, etc.
What You need to do before Filing a Lawsuit against an Amusement Park
If your amusement park injury has been caused due to negligence, you may be qualified to file a personal injury lawsuit against the park, ride manufacturer, ride operator or any other person whose negligence caused the injury and is liable for it. To file a lawsuit, you will need to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney to help win your case. However, before you hire one, there are certain things you can do to help your case, such as:
Collect all available evidence – The first thing to do in any accident is to make sure that you collect evidence right at the scene of the accident. Take photos of the site, note conversations that you may have had with the amusement park employees and also record the actions taken by the management and staff of the park right after your accident. These are critical evidence that you will need to prove that your injuries were caused by negligence.
Get medical attention – Even if you do not suffer any apparent serious injury, it is important to make sure that you get medical help immediately. Evaluating the full extent of your injuries is critical as it will enable you to determine how much money you should claim in your suit. If the nature of your injuries, the recovery prognosis and the required long or short term treatment is not known, you will not be able to determine how much money to claim in your lawsuit.
Document your losses – From lost income to additional costs required for in-home care or treatment to missed business opportunities, you should make sure that you document all your losses as well as costs that are related to your injuries. This is another important factor to help determine how much compensation you should demand in your lawsuit.
Keep all hospital and insurance paperwork – Before you collect money in a lawsuit, it is likely that you will need medical attention that is covered by your health insurance plan. It is vital to keep track of all insurance payments and hospital invoices – remember that paperwork is crucial when you file a lawsuit.
We Know which Cases to Pursue and How to Win Them
If you or a loved has been injured in an amusement park accident, you should seek the help of personal injury attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falloff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280. We know how to win cases. We have won millions of dollars for past clients – you too can be on this astounding list. Give us a call!