Attending amusement parks is a popular activity enjoyed by millions of people across the country. Georgia is home to several theme parks, including Six Flags Over Georgia, Wild Adventures, Six Flags White Water, and Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park. Unfortunately, amusement parks have rides and other hazards that cause fatalities every year. If your loved one was killed due to the negligence of an amusement and its employees, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim seeking damages for your loss.
When filing a claim or a lawsuit against an amusement park, you’ll want to have the right attorneys by your side. Butler Prather LLP has won landmark cases against some of the most powerful interests in the nation. We have the resources and experience to go up against anybody, even large corporations that own and operate theme parks.
Our firm has been helping accident victims in Georgia and across the nation for over 35 years. Butler Prather LLP has won nine verdicts that exceed $100 million and over 60 verdicts and settlements of over $10 million.
Call us at (706) 322-1990 to learn more today.
The State of Georgia defines wrongful death as a loss that’s caused by a party’s reckless, intentional, or negligent actions. This includes any form of negligence that leads to a guest’s death, such as a poorly operated roller coaster, a recently mopped floor that doesn’t have warning signs, or allowing a guest who has made threatening comments to remain inside the park.
Types of amusement park negligence that may be grounds for a wrongful death claim include:
Because they can be so dangerous, amusement park rides are subject to strict regulations by the State of Georgia. When these laws are not followed, large stationary rides such as roller coasters can turn into death traps.
Georgia law clearly stipulates how rides must be operated and maintained. All rides must be licensed by the Georgia Office of Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner, and they must undergo an annual safety inspection. If a ride is rebuilt or modified, it must be inspected by state officials before anyone can use it.
Rides that cause excessive speed or centrifugal force must have posted warning signs in sharply contrasting colors that are at least at least two feet high and two feet wide. People with medical conditions should not be permitted on these rides, including guests with a heart condition or back ailments and riders who are pregnant.
All rides must have posted signs that designate minimum height and weight requirements for riders and are visible for a distance of 15 feet. Operators must be at least 16 years old and must be trained to operate emergency controls.
Georgia law requires that all large stationary rides meet the following requirements:
In wrongful death cases, amusement parks may do everything they can to avoid responsibility for your loss. That’s why the skilled litigators at Butler Prather LLP will thoroughly investigate the accident. During our investigation, we may subpoena internal amusement park records and communications that demonstrate a pattern of reckless behavior or attempts to cover up the truth about an accident. We also call upon expert witnesses with specialized knowledge of forensics, engineering, and other fields.
Butler Prather LLP will collect the following types of evidence to support your wrongful death claim:
In Georgia, a wrongful death claim may be filed by the victim’s spouse, adult children, parents, or a representative of the estate. The claim may cover economic, noneconomic, and punitive damages. Financial damages may be included in addition to the loss of love and emotional support.
An amusement park wrongful death claim may be filed against the following parties:
At Butler Prather LLP, we understand that you are going through a difficult time. That’s why we will always treat you and your family with sensitivity and compassion. Our Georgia wrongful death attorneys have won settlements and lawsuits for clients in over 30 states. We will sit down with you and offer advice on the best way to go forward.
Contact us at (706) 322-1990 to schedule a complimentary consultation today.
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