BUENA PARK, California (October 24, 2015) — Knott’s Berry Farm may not have the international recognition and fame of its neighboring competitor Disneyland in Anaheim, but the former roadside berry stand can boast it is the 12th most visited them park in North America, according to the 2015 Global Attractions Attendance Report.
Indeed, having so many visitors on its grounds, Knott’s Berry Farm has its share of mishaps and accidents. It’s not uncommon for both adults and children to get seriously injured one of of the park’s many thrill rides, but don’t expect to get fair compensation from the theme park unless you plan to take them to court.
Just this year there was a negligence claim made in Orange County Superior Court by the family of a 10-year-old Utah boy who was seriously injured on a roller coaster ride.
The lawsuit states that Carson Burrei was injured on June 15, 2014 when his leg and foot got wedged between the cart he was exiting on the Coast Rider roller coaster and the platform. The boy fractured his leg and the skin was torn off his left foot. He also allegedly suffered nerve damage, a growth plate injury and has undergone several surgeries. His attorney argues that the boy now has limited mobility and still has pain in his foot and limited sensation on the top of it.
Two years ago, a 6-year-old girl’s family also filed a lawsuit against Knott’s when she was hurt on the Timber Mountain Log Ride. Kylie Laborte and her father were seated in the hollowed out log car, but as it made its way down a steep 85-foot tall hill and splashed into the water the log stopped abruptly she was hurt.
The lawsuit states that the child was knocked unconscious when her face slammed into the seat back in front of her and she broke an orbital bone around her eye. She suffered from double vision problems due to the mishap. Her attorney argues that Knott’s knew the ride was unsafe as there had been nine similar accidents where park guests were hurt between 2000 and 2014.
One of the darkest incidents at Knott’s is perhaps the death of an adult guest who was riding the Perilous Plunge in September 2001. The visitor was killed when she fell out of the straps as the ride went down the infamous plunge into the water below. The water ride featured a 115-foot drop and was considered the tallest and steepest of its kind in the world. The ride was eventually closed on August 13, 2012 and replaced by three new rides including the Coast Rider, Surfside Gliders and Pacific Scrambler.
Many people who are hurt at these theme parks find it difficult to obtain fair compensation for their losses if they deal directly with the company. Sometimes a small settlement may be offered, but it’s highly likely it won’t come close to your actual losses. It’s important that steps are taken immediately to ensure the best possible settlement.
Amusement Park Accidents
The law offices of Johnson Attorneys Group are located within a few miles of Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland in Orange County, California.
Our personal injury attorneys have experience handling claims on behalf of people hurt at a theme park due to an unsafe condition, ride or negligent operations.
It is important that if you are hurt or have lost a loved one in a theme park accident, that you take immediate steps to protect your legal rights by calling a qualified attorney to review your claim. There is no cost to speak with the attorney and fees are only paid if a settlement is obtained. Call us now at 800-235-6801.
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