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Wave pools are usually designed as a low-energy place for water park patrons to relax.  Compared to the high speeds or water coasters, water slides, and other intense rides, wave pools are relatively tame.  At the same time, these can still be dangerous attractions, especially for young children.

If you or a loved one was injured in a wave pool at an amusement park, talk to an attorney.  Your injuries might entitle you compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  The water park injury attorneys at Reiff and Bily represent injured amusement park patrons across the country.  For a free consultation on your case, contact our attorneys today at (800) 861-6708.

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Wave Pool Dangers

Pools and other bodies of water crowded with people have inherent dangers.  The mass of people that often pack into wave pools on crowded summer weekends create a risk, especially for smaller, younger patrons.  With many people crowded into the area jumping over waves, it becomes difficult to maintain your footing.  Many people can be accidentally pushed under the surface by other patrons.  If one person panics because of their low swimming abilities, they may reach out to nearby patrons, pulling them under with them.  Lifeguards can only watch so many individuals at once, and many issues may go overlooked.

The sides and bottoms of many wave pools are hard concrete, which creates risks to bobbing patrons.  The waves in many wave pools are strong enough to lift patrons and push them back.  If a patron goes off course, they could easily scrape against the concrete edge of the pool.  If they are unable to control their descent or are pushed by another patron, their head could be forced into the concrete wall.  The traumatic brain injuries and concussions that could result are a risk on their own.  With the added possibility of falling unconscious in the water, the risk of drowning is increased.

Downing is not always fatal.  Inhaling water can prevent the flow of oxygen into your body, causing you to lose consciousness.  During this period, your body is not capable of feeding oxygen to your brain.  This “hypoxia” can kill brain tissue and create prolonged effects.  Any delay in treatment or CPR can increase the risk of brain damage.

Other physical injuries can occur from jumping these artificial waves.  Falling from a high height into shallow water can cause severe injury.  If you land feet-first, you could suffer broken bones in your feet, ankles, or legs.  Falling on your head, back, or neck could create even worse injuries.  Patrons who slip under the waves could even be stepped on or trampled by other patrons, risking severe injuries and drowning in crowded wave pools.

 

Compensation for Wave Pool Injuries

Depending on the severity of your injuries, you might be entitled to substantial compensation.  Amusement parks and water parks owe a duty to their patrons to keep their rides and amusements safe and fun.  When they fail to maintain these safety standards, people get hurt.  Many of these safety standards, especially for wave pools, include assigning the proper number of lifeguards and ensuring they are properly trained to help protect patrons.

If an amusement park does allow you to be injured, they can often be held responsible for the injuries you suffer.  This means holding them financially responsible in court.

You may be entitled to multiple areas of compensation for your injuries.  First, you could be entitled to have medical bills reimbursed.  This would include emergency medical attention, transportation, X-Rays, MRIs, surgery, and physical therapy.  If you work and were unable to return to work because of your injuries, you could reclaim your lost wages.  If your absence was only temporary, you can receive past lost wages.  If your absence is ongoing, you could even recover future lost wages.  Lastly, you can recover direct compensation for your physical pain and mental suffering, on top of these other damages.

Amusement parks and water parks are, ultimately, businesses.  Their goal is to make money and protect their park’s reputation for safety.  This can mean that the park’s legal teams might fight to shut your case down.  They may also attempt to offer you free passes or some small settlement for your injuries.  Accepting these offers may stop you from being able to sue in court.  Always talk to an attorney before accepting anything from an amusement park after an injury.  It is difficult to know what your case may be worth without consulting an attorney.

Water Park Injury Lawyers

The attorneys at Reiff and Bily represent injured water park goers across the country.  For a free consultation and to understand what your case may be worth, talk to our attorneys today.  Always consult an attorney regarding your deadlines to file, ability to sue, and potential compensation.  Call (800) 861-6708 today for your free consultation on your water park ride injuries.

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National Amusement Park Historical Association

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Themed Entertainment Association

If you or a family member has been injured in an accident, our personal injury attorneys can help you fight for justice and compensation. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.