The summer months are the ideal time for some fun in the sun with family and friends. When the temperatures start to soar, millions of people flock to water parks to enjoy some thrills while cooling off in lazy rivers, tube slides, wave pools, and body slides. In 2012, 85 million people visited nearly 1,200 water parks throughout North America, and it is estimated that this attendance grows between three and five percent every year.
A Young Life Lost Too Soon
Unfortunately, accidents at water parks do occur. The parents of a young boy who drowned at a water park in Pennsylvania are filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the center, alleging that the on-duty staff was improperly trained.
The couple claimed that help was slow to arrive when their eight-year-old son was found limp and floating at the shallow end of one of the pools. An on-duty lifeguard performed CPR and requested an automated external defibrillator three times. Despite the pleas for the proper medical equipment and help, nobody arrived quickly enough to save the boy.
The local coroner ruled drowning to be the cause of the child’s passing.
The lawsuit initiated by the family focuses on the safety precautions and safety training of the water park’s attendants and lifeguards, contending that they were not properly trained or equipped to deal with a potentially life-threatening emergency.
Water Park Safety Laws
Every state has its own set of rules and regulations for the design, manufacture, construction, and operation of water slides and water parks. States also use industry standards provided by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and ASTM International (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials). The organization’s relevant standard, F2376, defines water slides as “rides intended for use by riders in bathing attire where the action of the ride involves possible and purposeful immersion of the rider’s body either in whole or in part in water, and uses circulating water to mobilize or lubricate the rider’s transportation along a purpose built path.” These standards combined with the state’s laws gives water park owners and operators clear guidelines as how to best protect their visitors.
Pennsylvania is a comparative negligence state. This means that if the injured visitor was negligent before or during the course of using the water slide, and if that negligence contributed to the injury, the damages available to the injured person could be lessened by up to 50 percent. This was not the case of the young boy.
Philadelphia Wrongful Death Lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC Advocate Wrongful Accident Victims
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a wrongful accident, contact a Philadelphia wrongful death lawyer at McCann & Wall, LLC today. Call us at 215-515-2236 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Our lawyers represent clients throughout Pennsylvania, including Delaware County and Chester County, as well as in Delaware, and New Jersey.