With summer around the corner, many South Carolina families are beginning to plan vacations and other fun activities. Amusement parks, state fairs, and theme parks are common attractions. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of the potential danger associated with fair rides.
With many fair rides traveling at high rates of speed or hoisting riders up to great heights, the chance of suffering a fatal injury due to a defect is increased when negligence is an issue. If you have suffered a severe injury or if a loved one was killed because of a malfunction with a fair ride you may be able to file a South Carolina wrongful death claim with the help of a Summerville injury lawyer.
Injuries Related to Malfunctioning Fair Rides
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2004 there were 2,500 injuries from fair rides and 4,900 injuries from inflatable fair rides in the United States. In total, there were 5 fatalities.
Some of these cases were issues of product liability, which means that a defect or flaw in the manufacture or design of the product caused the ride to malfunction or otherwise break down, resulting in injury or death.
Manufacturers and designers have an obligation to ensure the safety of consumers. When there is a defect and it causes an individual to be fatally injured, a South Carolina wrongful death claim can be filed.
Additionally, if a fair ride manufacturer is aware of a defective design and fails to notify the owner or operator of the fair ride and it results in injury, they can be held legally liable.
Damages for Injuries on a Malfunctioning Fair Ride
You may be entitled to receive damages for injuries suffered on a defective fair ride through a product liability claim. A Summerville injury lawyer can determine the types of damages you can seek through your claim.
Many times, accidents that are not fatal still result in catastrophic injuries. Not only could a family be facing astronomical medical bills but permanent disability, pain and suffering and lost time from work. These types of damages may be pursued through a product liability claim.
If the injuries were fatal you may be able to seek compensation for your loss of companionship, funeral and burial expenses and earning potential. These are just some examples of what may be recovered through a product liability claim in connection with a malfunctioning fair ride.
While a product liability claim can be very complicated and it might sound overwhelming to go after the manufacturer of a malfunctioning fair ride, you shouldn't let this stop you from protecting your family's legal rights. A Summerville injury lawyer will guide you throughout the entire process.
Seeking the Help of a Summerville Injury Lawyer
The Summerville injury lawyer team at the Shelly Leeke Law Firm is available to help accident victims cope with the legal implications of a wrongful death. Our firm's focus on wrongful death cases includes injury from auto accidents including pedestrian and bicycle injuries, work-related injuries and Workers' Compensation claims, fair rides, and injuries resulting from dangerous prescription drugs.
Before you file a South Carolina wrongful death claim, request a free copy of our South Carolina injury book. When you're ready to get started on settling your wrongful death claim, contact a Summerville injury lawyer for a free information packet and consultation, 1-888-690-0211.