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Who to Sue After a Water Park Injury

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By George Khoury, Esq. on April 22, 2019

With summer right around the corner, water parks are probably performing annual maintenance and inspections to make sure that their attractions are ready for the upcoming season.

However, no matter how much work water park owners do, the simple fact is that water parks can be really dangerous. Waterslides, wave pools, wet grounds, children running around, and alcohol, all make water parks particularly prone to accidents. And when people get injured, if it was the result of the water park’s negligence, the injured person may be able to sue to recover money for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

But Who Do You Sue?

When it comes to filing a lawsuit for water park injury, one issue you might be confused by involves who you sue. If individual water park employees, or other water park guests, were involved, you may need to name those individuals in the lawsuit, as well as the owners and operators of the water park. It should also be noted that the owners may not be the same people or company as the operators.

Often theme parks may be owned by one company while being operated by another, and depending on the basis of your case, you may need to sue one or the other, or both.

Do I Have to Sue Another Guest?

If it was another guest that caused your injury, you may still be able to sue the park only, though you should certainly consult with an attorney before dismissing, or leaving out, any potentially involved party. Many jurisdictions require individuals to file all their related claims against different individuals in a single action.

Water Park Liability Waivers

Often, water parks and other theme parks will disclaim liability for injuries that result from the ordinary, and even negligent use or operation, of their facilities. However, not all liability waivers and disclaimers are enforceable. So even if you signed something, you may still want to consult with an attorney.

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