Visiting a water park can present you and your family members with certain risks, especially on tall or fast thrill rides, but what happens when your day of fun turns tragic due to an injury or death as a result of employee negligence or ride malfunction? The New York Times reports that a water park in Kansas paid a family $20 million in a wrongful death settlement when their young son died riding on a waterslide, but in some cases, placing fault is not always simple. 

If you suffer an injury at a water park and want to file a personal injury lawsuit, there are a few factors you may want to understand before you proceed. 

Premises liability 

Most water park owners are responsible for keeping every area of their park free of potential hazards, including changing rooms and food courts. If you suffer an injury in any part of the park, then it is possible to bring a lawsuit against the owners. For example, if metal benches at a food station are not maintained and a sharp edge cuts your leg, the owner of the park may have to cover the cost of your medical bills. 

Waiving risk of injury  

Some water parks may have you sign a consent form as you enter the grounds that states you understand the risks of the rides and activities and waive your right to sue if you should get injured. While this may not instantly prevent you from filing a lawsuit, you may want to have the waiver inspected by a lawyer. 

Some water park rides may present more danger than others, especially for younger members of your family. You may want to review a park’s terms and conditions on its website before you visit.