Spending a day at Six Flags Over Georgia is fun—and most of the time it’s safe. Amusement parks are carefully regulated and most parks do a good job of protecting their visitors. But accidents and injuries do happen, and in many cases they’re serious. Injuries can occur on roller coasters and other rides, on walkways and staircases, in restaurants or virtually anywhere in the park. If you or your loved one has been injured at Six Flags Over Georgia, you have rights. You should speak to a lawyer.
John Foy & Associates can help you. You may have a legal right to a full financial recovery—including money to pay for all of your medical costs and to help you and your family get your life back. We have been helping injury victims get the money they’re owed for more than 20 years, and we have grown into one of the largest and most successful personal injury law firms in the nation. Let us sit down with you for a free consultation and discuss your case. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
Who is responsible for injuries at Six Flags Over Georgia?
Legally, Six Flags is liable for the injuries in most cases. Accidents at a theme park usually involve what’s called negligence. Negligence means that the theme park should have done something to protect your safety, but they didn’t. This could be anything from not inspecting rides often enough to not cleaning up a spilled beverage on a restaurant floor. If their negligence led to your injury, then the theme park is legally responsible for the accident.
This is why we urge injury victims not to blame themselves. We talk to many victims who blame their accident on their own clumsiness, or think they should have done something differently. But the owner of the premises has a duty to make sure they are safe for every guest who comes through. You had a right to expect that you could visit the park safely, and it’s not your fault if you were injured.
What kinds of injuries are most common at theme parks like Six Flags Over Georgia?
We see many kinds of injuries come out of theme parks. The most common involve:
- Injuries caused by rides such as roller coasters. These can be serious and sometimes fatal, and may involve rides that were not properly operated or maintained.
- Slip and fall injuries anywhere in the park. These are much more common and they can happen anywhere in the park.
These accidents can produce a wide range of injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Sprained ankle
- Back injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Loss of a finger, hand, foot or limb
What kinds of injuries are caused by rides at Six Flags?
Injuries caused by rides are extremely rare, but they are also preventable. When a ride injures a guest, it can lead to severe injuries or even death. Some examples of ride accidents at Six Flags Over Georgia include:
- In 2002, a Six Flags worker entered a restricted area under Batman: the Ride. As the roller coaster passed over, he was struck in the head by the dangling legs of a little girl. The worker sustained a head injury and was killed. The girl was hospitalized with leg injuries.
- In 2008, a 17-year old jumped a fence to retrieve his lost hat. He was decapitated by a train.
- In 2009, the Wheelie ride didn’t stop when it was supposed to be over. Riders remained trapped on the ride and the operator failed to hit the emergency stop switch. Four children became ill and one had to be taken to the hospital.
Other Six Flags parks have also had serious accidents:
- In 2001, a girl was pulled underwater in Hook’s Lagoon a Six Flags in Ohio. It appears that she was sucked in by an underwater drain covered with a metal grate. She survived, but nearly drowned.
- In 2007, a 15-year old lost both of her feet on the Superman Tower of Power ride in Kentucky. A cable from the ride had snapped and tangled around her ankles as the ride dropped.
- In 2010, a 10-year old at a Texas Six Flags fell from a spinning ride and broke her arm.
Why are slip and fall/trip and fall injuries so common at theme parks?
Although roller coaster accidents get the most press, slip and fall injuries are far more common. They happen throughout parks for several reasons:
- Many rides have elaborate staircases and walkways. Guests are more likely to trip while waiting in line than almost anywhere else.
- Six Flags Over Georgia has numerous eateries and concession areas. Many of them are crowded and staffed by young, inexperienced employees. When food or beverages get spilled, they create slipping hazards and may not be cleaned up right away.
- Spills can happen almost anywhere in the park, creating slipping hazards in unexpected places.
Slip and fall accidents are not minor. They can lead to broken bones, sprains, head injuries and other serious conditions.
If I was injured at Six Flags Over Georgia, how do I know if I have a claim?
The only way to know for sure is to speak to a legal professional. That’s why John Foy & Associates offers a free consultation—so you can get a professional opinion with no risk.
You should also move quickly. Georgia has strict legal deadlines for filing injury claims. Depending on the accident, the deadline can be as much as two years or it can be only a few weeks. If you miss the deadline you may not be able to recover any money.
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If you or someone you love were hurt at Six Flags Over Georgia, you do not have to face the aftermath alone. Let us help you. At John Foy & Associates we have the experience and resources to take on even the biggest theme parks—and we offer a 100% free consultation to evaluate your case. Don’t wait. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.