The U.S. is entering the peak season for amusement park injuries. In a
recent study of injuries to children on amusement rides, more than 70
percent of injuries happened between May and September. On average, 20
children are taken to emergency rooms every day for amusement park injuries,
the study found.
In total, the study found, more than 92,800 children were treated for injuries
on amusement rides between 1990 and 2010. An official at the injury research
center that completed the study said that the number of emergency room
visits may require a closer look.
The study found that most children were injured in the head and neck, the
face, arms and legs. Strains and sprains, cuts, broken bones and soft
tissue injuries were among the most common types of injuries.
One surprise for researchers: Injuries were not limited to accidents at
large amusement parks. Twelve percent of injuries happened at small rides.
These are the rides frequently found at restaurants, malls and other public spaces.
Another 33 percent of injuries occured on rides at amusement parks or other
fixed locations. Another 29 percent of injuries happened at rides at fairs,
festivals and other moving locations.
Although some accidents may simply happen on amusement rides, others are
preventable. In some cases, injured people may be able to hold negligent
amusement park owners or other negligent parties responsible for their
harm. These can be complex cases, however, because amusement parks may
have defenses against claims. An experienced personal injury attorney
can provide more explanation.
Source: newsnet5.com, "Study: Amusement ride injuries send thousands of children to U.S. emergency
departments," Sarah Buduson, May 2, 2013 - Our law firm handles personal injury
claims in the Los Angeles area. For more information, visit our
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