SeaWorld is one of the most famous theme parks in the country. With locations scattered across the United States, this popular maritime attraction draws in roughly 11 million visitors per year, averaging out to over 30,000 visitors every day. While the overwhelming majority of visits are fun-filled and free of incident, several visitors have been injured at SeaWorld parks in the past.
There are many adjustments that take place following an injury. You may be trying to recover from painful and physically limiting wounds, dealing with psychological distress, and managing costly medical expenses. The SeaWorld accident injury lawyers of The Reiff Law Firm may be able to assist you during this difficult time.
To schedule a free and confidential legal consultation, call our law offices at (215) 709-6940. If the statute of limitations expires, your window of opportunity will be closed forever. Don’t allow a crucial deadline to pass you by: call us today to start discussing your options.
Suing for Seaworld Accident Injuries
The period of time after a serious accident injury is often completely exhausting and overwhelming. You are simply trying to heal and move forward with your life, yet you are also inundated with numerous tasks. Let the skilled and experienced theme park injury attorneys of The Reiff Law Firm help shoulder some of the burden.
Our dedicated legal team has more than 34 years of practical experience handling a wide variety of injuries sustained at theme parks and water parks. We are client-focused and results-oriented, and we devote ourselves to driven and committed legal representation. When you need the support of an aggressive firm with decades of experience, call on The Reiff Law Firm for assistance.
SeaWorld Accidents and Liability
With a decades-long history and locations open around the country, massive amusement chain SeaWorld has hosted over 145 million visitors since its debut in 1964. Several of these visitors experienced injuries while visiting the park.
In late 2012, for instance, 8-year-old Jillian Thomas sustained multiple puncture wounds to her hand while attempting to feed one of the park’s dolphins. According to Thomas’ mother, “They did not tell us to look out for any signs of infection. We had to ask for Band-Aids.” Thomas’ father alleges there were no disclaimers or warning signs posted.
Amusement parks are responsible for taking reasonable measures to safeguard their visitors. If such measures are not taken, or if hazards go ignored and uncorrected, the park may potentially be considered liable for any damages which may result to victims.
For example, if a park’s maintenance crew does not make the appropriate repairs to a ride, and that ride consequently malfunctions and injures a passenger, issues of liability may arise. In another example, if the property itself is not properly maintained — for example, if unsecured cables which should have been tied back cause a slip and fall accident — the park may again be potentially liable for resulting damages.
Slip and fall accidents are a serious health concern in the United States, particularly among the elderly. In fact, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries to adults aged 65 and older, according to the CDC.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2006, amusement park injuries were divided almost evenly between children and adults, though children aged 10 to 14 represented just under 20% of all injuries requiring hospitalization.
Common Injuries Sustained at SeaWorld Amusement Park
Some of the more common injuries and negative health effects which theme park accident victims may experience include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Severe Lacerations
- Bone Fractures
- Back Injuries
These and other injuries may carry lifelong repercussions, such as permanent full or partial paralysis, facial disfigurement, or limb amputation.
If you or someone you love was hurt at a SeaWorld theme park, you may be able to receive financial compensation for your losses. To schedule a private case evaluation at absolutely no cost, call the attorneys of The Reiff Law Firm at (215) 709-6940 today.