Children are often injured on rides at malls and amusement parks

Children are often injured on rides at malls and amusement parks

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 occurred 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 

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