Water Park Tragedy and Personal Injury

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It’s the middle of summer and it’s hot outside. Is there anything better than going to one of the many water parks in Utah to cool off? One family is certainly going to reconsider that choice after their daughter’s life was forever changed by an accident at Seven Peaks in Provo, Utah.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the only case of personal injury that has happened that year, or even that day, at amusement parks and water parks around the country. If you have suffered personal injury due to the negligence of park owners contact a lawyer or attorney today that can help you get the justice you deserve.

The Accident

A video of the tragic accident shows Gracie racing down the ‘Sky Breaker Slide.’ It is designed so that it drops rapidly before having them slow down into a shallow pool at the base of the slide. For Gracie, however, the water at the bottom of the slide didn’t slow Gracie enough and she blasted head-first into a wall.

Gracie’s mother, Marie, wasn’t there at the time, but she still remembers the horrible phone call after. “I answered the phone and my oldest daughter, Cori, is saying ‘Mom, Gracie’s been in an accident.’”
Gracie endured facial reconstructive surgery to repair the physical damage, but the damage went further than skin deep. “She was reverted back to the age of five, mentally, when it happened. Now, she’s usually between about eight and 10.”

This is a huge change from the one-time honor student with a quick wit. “I lost my daughter. Her father, Arron said. “It’s not fair.”

“The daughter I had before the accident doesn’t exist,” her mother said. They are currently seeing an attorney to sue Seven Peaks for their daughter’s personal injury.

This personal injury accident is not unique. The Provo City Fire Department stated that Gracie’s accident wasn’t the only emergency call from Seven Peaks that day. Not just one, but two others were also rushed to the hospital. One person hit their head on a slide and the other hit their should on a slide and said they, “heard a pop and felt a tear.”

The Troubling Trend of Accidents

These accidents are part of a troubling trend across the nation. A viral video earlier this year showed a man escaping luckily with his life after going soaring off the bottom of a slide, skidding along the concrete ground around the slide. Last year, a boy was killed on the tallest water slide in the world at Schlitterbahn from launching off the slide and crashing into some netting that was overhead.

These personal injuries are, surprisingly, not being well recorded. Get Gephardt wanted to see the Utah state records for park safety inspections but found none exist. Local health codes apply, but when it comes to rides, there is no government agency that oversees them.

It is important that people take precautions when visiting water parks. If you have suffered a personal injury at a water park, you shouldn’t have to face the financial burden. Contact a lawyer or attorney that specializes in personal injury cases like this to see what can be done for you. A lawyer can help you get the financial help you need to cover the expensive medical bills you’ve accumulated.

 

Links:
http://www.good4utah.com/news/water-park-witness-describes-deadly-accident/528701710
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19779993
http://wgntv.com/2017/06/24/4-more-children-reported-injured-at-indiana-water-park/
http://kutv.com/news/get-gephardt/ride-at-your-own-risk-tragedy-at-water-park-has-parents-calling-for-better-oversight


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