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This summer, you may find yourself visiting an amusement park. While these parks can be a great source of fun, they can also be dangerous. Read on to learn more about amusement park accidents in New York and what to do in the event of an injury.

Most Common Theme Park Accidents?

Theme park accidents can cause:

  • Neck injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Closed head injuries
  • Bone fractures
  • Back injuries
  • Torn ligaments
  • Stroke
  • Compound fractures that require surgical repair
  • Brain aneurysms
  • Whiplash
  • Fatal injuries from falling out of rides
  • Drowning on water rides and slides
  • Brain aneurysms
  • Facial lacerations and fractures
  • Heart attack

Fulfilling the Burden of Proof

If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you will have to provide proof of this negligence. In order to do this, you should make sure to:

  • Call 911- The police can send an ambulance, file an accident report, and more.
  • Obtain witness contacts- If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events.
  • Document the scene- Take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident in order to document the hazardous conditions that caused the accident to occur.
  • Seek medical attention- Going to the hospital will ensure that your injury is treated by a medical professional while simaltaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. This can play a large role in a personal injury case, so be sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant documents.
  • Contact an attorney- An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to obtain further evidence, including security camera footage, police reports, and more.

How Long do I Have to File a Claim?

In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to file your claim on time. In New York, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will most likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve.

If you have been injured at an amusement park, reach out to our firm to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney today.


Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.