Steps To Take After A Carnival Injury
Carnival rides are inspected, and though accidents are rare, they do happen. Carnival ride accidents can occur from a rider not following the rules, the operator not paying attention, a mechanical error, or other reasons. Whatever the reason may be, there are a few important steps to take if an injury occurs.
Get Medical Help
First, seek medical attention immediately. If the injury is a laceration or small cut, locate a first aid kit on the premise and bandage the wound and if the wound is bleeding a lot, go to the hospital. For a head injury, it is better to be safe than sorry, and if there is possibility of concussion, it is best to seek a doctor. For a neck injury, the injured person should be kept still and not move, and call 911. If the injured person is not breathing, perform CPR and call emergency medical services immediately. If you or your loved one feels dizzy, nauseous, or out of it after going on a ride, it is best to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Second, take pictures of the area in which the injury occurred and the ride that caused the injury. Taking pictures of the ride may be helpful in the event that you seek legal assistance and need to prove unsafe conditions or an unsafe ride. Also, take down the name of the ride operator and any witnesses nearby who may have seen the injury occur. Take notes on exactly what happened and any other information that may be key to what happened during the injury.
Next, report the injury to the carnival manager. If you believe that the injury occurred because the ride operator was not paying attention, report that worker. Also, let the manager know if you or the injured person was injured because of a ride malfunction. If you suspect that the injury was due to a ride malfunction or ride operator’s negligence, report the incident to the authorities to make a police report.
Lastly, contact an attorney to see if you can get representation and compensation. If you have suffered physical, emotional, or financial hardship because of a carnival injury, expenses should be paid by whoever is responsible. If you are contacted by an insurance company and offered money, do not accept anything until you speak with an attorney. You may be entitled to more than what they are offering you.