Just this year tragedy struck Kansas City, Kansas. A young boy lost his life while on an amusement park ride. Kansas State Representative Scott Schwab's son, Caleb, was the victim in this accident. It was said this was caused by the weight limit restrictions of the ride, at Schlitterbahn Park in Kansas City. Sadly, this was not an isolated amusement park incident. Two kids fell from a ride in July.
Kansas does not have an inspection or enforcement agency overseeing amusement parks. For that reason, this park purposely chose Kansas to build the "worlds' tallest water slide". The amusement parks pay for an annual inspection, from National Association of Amusement Safety Officials (NAARSO). A condition of this licenses is that the park operator simply document injuries that require hospitalization or incidents that interfere with the operation of the ride. That's it. Document. The Associated Press reported that the lack of oversight, by Kansas regulatory agencies that oversee other businesses, is due to budgetary restrictions.
The lack of state run inspection or enforcement agencies does not release amusement park owners/operators from liability for the injury or death of a patron. You are owed a duty of care while at the park. If those responsible for the park fail to meet that duty, they then may owe you compensation for your injury or the death of your loved one.
While this park is closed for the time being, it may reopen. Not only that, many of the parks in Kansas will continue to have events and active rides as the holiday season approaches. If you, or a loved one are injured while at an amusement park call Attorney T. Morton @ 913.602.7288 today for a no-cost, hassle-free consultation about your potential case.
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