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Theme Park Employees

For many teens, amusement parks offer their first experience of employment, and those much coveted first paychecks. With heavy, fast moving equipment and lots of moving parts, theme parks present hidden hazards. Inexperienced or poorly-trained workers injured on the job can suffer lacerations, sprains, strains, and fractures.

Owners of amusement parks in New Jersey must provide a safe environment for their employees. Workers who are injured or fall ill on the job are entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. Those benefits are used to cover medical expenses, hospital visits, surgeries, and medications related to their job injury. Workers’ Compensation benefits also help to supplement the income an injured worker loses when they are physically unable to do their job.

New Jersey Amusement Park Accidents

According to New Jersey state law, any ride-related mechanical malfunction incident requiring first-aid or emergency evacuation at a fair, carnival, or theme park in the state must be reported within 24 hours.

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Baseball Player Sues Coach for Injury

A former high school student and baseball player will see his court case continue after an appellate court judge overturned a previous dismissal of the lawsuit, claiming the former player’s coach acted recklessly in telling him to slide into third base. As the player slid into third base, his cleat dug into the dirt, causing him to roll his right ankle. The injury required surgery and left him with a permanent injury.

Last year, a Superior Court judge tossed the player’s lawsuit on a technicality. She dismissed the suit because it accused the coach of acting negligently and carelessly, but not recklessly. All sports come with inherent risks of injury. In New Jersey, cases involving athletics come under greater scrutiny and must meet a higher standard of recklessness.

The player’s attorney appealed the judge’s decision, claiming the language in the suit was flexible enough to include recklessness. The appellate court judge reinstated the lawsuit,

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Backyard Trampoline Injuries  

Backyard Trampoline Injuries   

Trampoline injuries have accounted for as many as 100,000 emergency room visits every year, as of 2016. Doctors see broken bones, strains, neck, spine, and head injuries caused by accidents on backyard trampolines. Children’s injuries account for more than 90 percent of fractured bones from trampoline use. When multiple kids use a trampoline, the risk of injury increases.

Common causes of trampoline accidents include:

  • Falling off the trampoline
  • Colliding with another person
  • Flips gone wrong
  • Landing on the metal springs that support the trampoline
  • Landing on the trampoline as someone else is taking off

Preventing Backyard Trampoline Accidents

It is important for residential trampoline owners to take safety precautions because – most importantly – they can prevent injuries. Also, in the event of an unfortunate accident, a trampoline owner who does take safety precautions will fare better in court,

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