Water slides are likely included in the summer plans of many New York families with children. The combination of the cold and refreshing water spray in the heat of the sun spells fun for all. However, parents should not lose sight of the risks posed by this activity. Whether at an adventure park or a friend’s backyard swimming pool, injuries that follow the negligence of another party could constitute grounds for a premises liability claim.
The owners and managers of public amusement, theme or water parks must ensure that rides, slides and other equipment are properly maintained and safe for use by visitors. Defective or improperly operated equipment by resort staff could lead to liability lawsuits. In cases in which manufacturer defects cause injuries, the equipment makers can be added as defendants in any claims for monetary damages.
The actions or inaction of the employees of such facilities can also make the parks financially responsible. This includes maintenance workers, slide operators, lifeguards and others who must monitor those who use the slides, carry out repairs and maintenance and more. If injuries are caused by employee negligence in duties that fall in the scope of the employment, the employer will be liable.
Although water slides at residential swimming pools are much smaller, property owners have the same responsibilities. They must ensure the safety of guests who use the facilities. Victims of water slide injuries in New York can consult with an experienced premises liability attorney who can assess the circumstances and determine the viability of a civil lawsuit. If there are grounds for such action, legal counsel can assist throughout ensuing legal proceedings in pursuit of damage recovery.