Amusement parks often have safety problems but it is important to ensure the safety of the millions of people every year who ride them for leisure.
Attention to detail is required when inspecting amusement park equipment. Recently, attention was turned to safety in amusement parks when a tree branch fell onto roller coaster tracks causing the derailment of a roller coaster car. This happened at a Six Flags amusement park in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago. The roller coaster car was in a precarious position for a considerable period of time with its occupants still seated.
According to the county fire department in Los Angeles, four people suffered injury on the Six Flags Magic Mountain Ninja ride.
The International Association of Amusement Attractions & Parks has stated there are 4.3 injuries for every million people who visit a U.S. fixed-site amusement park. The chance of being injured seriously is 1 in 24 million.
These are certainly statistics that indicate serious injury is rare but when a roller coaster car dangles off its track 20 feet in the air, it can be particularly alarming for occupants, onlookers and those who may be thinking of taking a ride at a future date.
Even though statistics indicate it is rare to be seriously injured in an amusement park, if that car had fallen to the ground from a height of 20 feet many of the 22 passengers would be seriously injured. Clearly, their injuries would not be their fault and lawsuits would likely result.
Under premises liability law, it is the duty of the owner of areas used by members of the public to keep them in a safe condition. This includes conducting risk assessments to ensure any potential accident risks are minimized.
Lawsuit Pre Settlement Funding Can Help
As with many accidents, amusement park liability lawsuits can become long, drawn out affairs as a thorough investigation must be conducted as to cause and the victims’ injuries must also be accurately assessed.
While waiting for a lawsuit settlement, victims may find themselves in need of money (funding) to help pay for expenses such as car payments, credit card debt, mortgage or rental payments, utilities, student loans or any other type of expense.
Pre settlement funding is one option for these individuals because provides immediate financial relief to plaintiffs who desperately need it.
The transactions are structures as a purchase of a portion of a future asset. The plaintiff sells a portion of the proceeds of the case and gets the money for the lawsuit immediately.
In return, the plaintiff repays the advance when the case settles, and only if the lawsuit reaches settlement. In other words, if the lawsuit is lost, the pre settlement funding is not repaid. For this reason, lawsuit settlement funding transactions are deemed “non-recourse”.
Any plaintiff who is represented by an attorney can apply for pre settlement funding. There are no credit checks, no upfront costs, and absolutely no restrictions on how the money is used.