As summer begins, the number of children who visit amusement parks across the United States is only likely to increase. However, parents who accompany their children to these parks must be aware that more than 4,000 children are injured in amusement park-related accidents every year.
The data comes from a study that was conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus Ohio. The study found that between 1990 and 2010 and, close to 93,000 children below the age of 18, suffered injuries in amusement park-related accidents across the country. That works out to approximately 4,500 amusement-related every year. In all of these cases, the injuries were serious enough to require a visit to the hospital emergency room.
Any premises liability lawyer knows that the summer months are the busiest months for hospital emergency rooms dealing with amusement park-related injuries. The period between May and September saw more than 70% of amusement park injuries. During the warm weather months, when so many children visit theme parks, there were more than 20 amusement park injuries a day.
The most frequent areas of the body that were injured were the head and neck region, with 28 % of the children suffering head and neck injuries. These types of injuries usually result when a child has suffered a fall. Arm injuries accounted for 22% of injuries, while facial injuries accounted for 18% and leg injuries accounted for 17% of the amusement park-related injuries.
The most frequent injuries however were soft tissue injuries, which accounted for approximately 29% of injuries. These were followed by strains and sprains which accounted for 21% of all injuries, cuts which accounted for 20% of injuries and fractures which accounted for 10% of injuries.
The researchers are calling for more stringent use of safety equipment like seatbelts and safety bars on amusement park rides, and for operators to make sure that all users follow the height, age and weight requirements for certain rides.
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