What is involved in a claim at a playground or amusement park?

Beasley Allen had handled a number of cases involving serious injury and death from playground and amusement park accidents. The most common types of playground and amusement park accidents are the result of poorly constructed rides or play equipment, environmental hazards, and little to no safety rules presented.

According to “Safe Kids USA,” it is estimated that in 2009 nearly 220,000 children younger than age 15 were treated in emergency rooms for minor to serious injuries associated with unsafe playground equipment. Of reported instances associated with playground equipment for which the victim's age was known, 95 percent involved children under the age of 15.

Playground equipment procedures and standards have been established by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Sixteen states have passed all or parts of the CPSC or ASTM playground safety legislation.

According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), there were roughly 1,343 ride-related injuries in the U.S. in 2008. Within that number, 80 of the injuries were reported as “serious,” meaning they needed overnight treatment in a hospital for purposes other than observation.

Injuries and deaths from playground and amusement park accidents fall under the area of premises liability law.

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