I Got Hurt at an Amusement Park in Texas: What Are My Legal Options? By Hardin Ramey on August 15, 2023

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We go to amusement parks for fun and to enjoy time with our loved ones. Unfortunately, some amusement parks prove dangerous, causing serious injuries in the process. Thankfully you have legal options following injuries and accidents at an amusement park. The Dallas, TX, team at the Ramey Law Firm, PLLC is here to help.

Let’s review some of the basics when it comes to amusement park accidents and what you can do whether you are a Texas resident or an out-of-state tourist who was injured on vacation.

You Have Legal Recourse in Many Injury Cases

Whether it’s a slip and fall while at the general park grounds or an accident at one of the rides or attractions, you can likely file an injury claim against the amusement park. This goes for injuries that you sustain as well as any harm to members of your family.

Potential Injuries at an Amusement Park

Some possible mishaps you could experience at an amusement park include:

  • Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents - Falling down the stairs or tripping because of uneven paving at the park could lead to serious injuries.
  • Whiplash and Neck Injuries - Some rollercoasters and other kinds of rides may put a person at serious risk for whiplash and other serious neck injuries.
  • Concussions and Head Injuries - Falling objects or issues with safety restraints could result in hard injuries and even traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
  • Bone Fractures and Joint Injuries - Major falls or incidents on particularly dangerous rides could cause broken bones and other serious injuries.
  • Food Poisoning or Foodborne Illness - In addition to problems with the park grounds or attractions, amusement parks may be held liable for injuries related to poor food handling and food safety.

Proving Negligence Is Essential for Your Case

To file an injury claim or premises liability lawsuit, it’s important to establish negligence on the part of the amusement park management or ownership. This applies to general park safety, ride design, food services, and general behavior by amusement park employees.

How to Establish Fault and Negligence

There are four key components when it comes to establishing negligence in an amusement park accident:

  1. The amusement park owed attendees a duty of care to ensure safety
  2. The park failed to meet that duty of care
  3. An attendee was injured as a direct result of that failure to meet the duty of care
  4. The injuries sustained resulted in damages

What If I Am an Out-of-State Tourist Injured in Texas?

If you were visiting Dallas as a tourist and got injured at an amusement park, it’s important that you speak with our team. Your injury claim will likely have to be filed in the state of Texas. We can help with the process and maintain correspondence so you are kept up to date with your case as it unfolds.

What About Injuries at Amusement Parks Outside of Texas?

If you’re a Texas resident injured at an amusement park out of state, it is still advisable that you contact our Dallas law office. We can review what happened and let you know what steps you can take next to seek a settlement or damages in court.

Contact Our Law Firm for a Consultation

Whether you’re a Texas resident injured at one of the state’s amusement parks or an out-of-state tourist who was injured, you can count on the Ramey Law Firm, PLLC. We are ready to hear from you. To set up a legal consultation, contact our law office in Dallas.

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