Over the years, amusement park attractions have gradually evolved to become more and more extreme. One of the most extreme is arguably the reverse bungee, also known as the slingshot, catapult, or ejection seat. These attractions work by placing riders into a cage-like sling or harness before flinging them upward into the open sky. The sheer speed and energy involved with these rides make them potentially dangerous to passengers if any accidents should occur.
When accidents do happen, the occupant is unlikely to escape the incident without sustaining injuries. In some cases, amusement park patrons have even been wrongfully killed in incidents with these rides. The victims of these preventable disasters are often left to cope with terrible physical injuries, emotional trauma, and ongoing financial hardship as a result of medical bills combined with lost time from work. If you were hurt by a catapult ride, you may potentially have a claim to compensation for the damages against you.
To schedule a free and private case evaluation with an experienced reverse bungee ride accident lawyer, call the attorneys of The Reiff Law Firm at (215) 709-6940 today. You only have a limited amount of time following an injury to make a claim, so don’t wait until it’s too late and your opportunity is lost forever. Call us today to start exploring your legal options.
Reverse Bungee Ride Accident Attorneys
You have more than enough on your plate in the aftermath of a serious accident. You are trying to adjust to your injuries, working through emotional pain, and struggling to reconcile lost income with the sudden influx of costly medical expenses. You deserve accountability and compensation from the liable party, but you shouldn’t have to grapple with insurers on your own. Let the experienced injury lawyers of The Reiff Law Firm support your efforts, and help you and your loved ones fight for justice during this difficult time.
The attorneys of The Reiff Law Firm have more than 34 years of experience advocating on behalf of wrongfully injured clients and their family members. Our knowledgeable legal team is committed to providing aggressive representation for people who have been hurt by negligence and carelessness. Let us bring our decades of experience and track record of achievement to your case. Call us today to start learning more about how we may be able to help you.
Catapult Ride Accidents and Fatalities
These attractions take velocity to the extreme, projecting riders through the air at speeds which can reach approximately 100 miles per hour. In addition to extreme speeds, these rides also involve extreme heights, with some flinging riders nearly 500 feet into the sky. This combination can lead to catastrophic injury if an accident should take place.
Multiple catapult ride accidents, some fatal, have taken place in recent decades. In 1998 in Canada, 21-year-old Jerome Charron was killed when he was thrown out of a ride called the Rocket Launcher after a cord snapped and fell away from the ride. After the accident, operating company Anderson Ventures was found guilty of making unapproved alterations to the ride, and received a record fine. In 2000, mobile slingshot rides were banned in Ontario after being deemed too dangerous.
In the United States, serious catapult accidents involving patrons and ride operators alike have occurred in parks and fairs around the country, including Florida, Texas, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, and Wisconsin.
Falls from catapult rides and other accidents involving ejection seat rides can cause devastating injuries and ongoing medical effects, such as:
- Back Injuries
- Bone Fractures
- Head Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury
In some cases, these injuries and their repercussions can last for years, decades, or a lifetime, and the victim may require around-the-clock supervision and care. For example, if a patron falls from a defective catapult and becomes fully or partially paralyzed by the impact, he or she may require physical assistance in daily tasks and may have to undergo physical and/or psychological therapy and miss work and income. If the injury victim was previously providing for a family, the financial damages can be devastating to multiple people. Not only do such accidents hurt the person who suffers directly — they hurt that person’s entire family.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a bungee ride accident at an amusement park or carnival, an attorney can help you fight for justice and fair compensation. To schedule a confidential legal consultation free of charge, call The Reiff Law Firm at (215) 709-6940, or contact us online today.