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Theme park injuries happen more than you think

A late-summer trip to the theme park may seem like just the way to extend the fun of the season, and maybe you are already planning a trip for you and your children. While it can be fun and exciting, with millions of people hitting up parks all over the country every year, you should know that injuries are far more common than people think.

The good news is that these theme park accidents are not typically fatal. That's not to say they cannot be; people have lost their lives on water slides and other attractions. But the total loss of life is very small from year to year.

As good as theme parks are at keeping their guests alive, though, they do not always keep them from injury. Did you know that about 30,000 people get injured annually at these parks? That's more than the population of many colleges. It's an average of more than 82 people every day.

Plus, you have to consider that these injuries happen more often during the summer months or the holidays, when traffic at the parks is higher. Things aren't spread out evenly. When you go may help to determine exactly how much risk you and your family really face.

So, what should you do if your child gets injured in a theme park accident? What if you also get hurt, or what if someone tragically loses their life? It does happen, and it's important to understand all of the legal options you may have to seek out financial compensation if the park was negligent and is liable for those injuries.

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