Water parks are one of the most popular tourist destinations for families during the summer. Water parks are a fun place to beat the summer heat, but these facilities are not without risk. Understanding the basics of waterpark liability can be useful in the event that you or a loved are injured because of an unsafe ride, defective equipment, or a negligent attraction operator.
If you or a loved one have sustained injuries at waterparks, the Houston premises liability lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can evaluate your situation and help determine your best legal option. We have helped injury victims across Texas hold companies accountable for injuries caused by dangerous conditions on their property, and obtain the compensation they deserve for their losses.
Water Park Injury Statistics
There are around 996 water parks across the country with approximately 85 million annual visitors. Despite the rapid growth in attendance and number of water parks in the U.S., reporting injuries is not mandatory, so there is no comprehensive data on the safety of water parks. However, the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 4,200 people each year go to the emergency room due to injuries at waterparks.
The three main hazards at water parks are water slides, slip and falls on wet surfaces, and drowning. People can also become sick if they are exposed to certain waterborne illnesses, which are caused by either germs or chemicals in the water. Young children are particularly vulnerable to waterborne illnesses and drowning.
Common Injuries at Waterparks
Common injuries that can occur at water parks are:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Dislocated shoulders
- Pelvic injuries
- Neck injuries
Waterpark Liability in Texas
Texas is home to some of the biggest water parks in the nation. If you’ve been injured at a water park because of a dangerous or defective waterslide or other water attraction, you may be able to bring a premises liability claim against the park owner and/or operator. Under Texas premises liability law, the owner, operator, or lessee of a property may be held liable for injuries caused by defects on the property when the party responsible for the property knew or reasonably should have known about a defect, and did not repair or warn others about said defect.
If you successfully prove the elements of a premises liability claim, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain
- Physical limitations
- Mental anguish
How Our Houston Premises Liability Lawyers Can Help
The Houston premises liability lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. have decades of experience handling a wide range of premises liability cases and have helped individuals secure compensation for their injuries and other losses. We have an in-depth understanding of Texas premises liability laws and can assist you pursue a claim against a water park owner or operator who violates their duty to keep their property in reasonably safe conditions.
Call us today at (281) 283-8500, or contact us online for your free consultation.