On Christmas Eve, seven children suffered personal injuries on an amusement park ride in Utica, according to ABC Chicago. The children were visiting the Enchanted Forest Amusement Park at the Grand Bear Lodge on Christmas Eve. As a result of a malfunction on the tea cup ride in the hotel’s indoor amusement park, the victims suffered injuries and had to be hospitalized. The amusement park remained open for the holiday, but the tea cup ride was closed so that inspectors and local authorities could inspect it for the cause of the accident and the existing dangers it poses.
Amusement park owners owe a duty to their patrons to maintain safety on the premises and to take precaution so that preventable injuries do not occur. Under Illinois tort law, a business owner is required to take both preventative measures and to fix existing known dangers, where the owner of the premises is aware of the likelihood of injury to patrons paying to visit and enjoy the amusement park. These measures include regular safety inspections of rides and attractions to ensure a decreased risk of preventable injuries to park visitors. A park cannot simply fail to inspect its attractions, and where injury occurs as a result of a hazard, claim that the park was not aware of such dangers. Being willfully blind to dangers on the premises is not a sufficient defense and will not overcome the duty that amusement parks owe to its visitors.
Our premises liability attorneys understand that when accident and injury occurs on a business owner’s premises, the owner can be legally responsible where negligence is tied to the injury. If you or someone in your family has suffered an injury at the result of another’s negligence on their property, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries and medical bills. In the past, our firm has handled premises liability cases and recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. If you have suffered an injury on an Illinois business owner’s property, please contact our firm for a free consultation.