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Personal injury liability at temporary attractions and fairs

On Behalf of | Jul 4, 2024 | Personal Injury

When a traveling carnival, circus or fair comes to town, it brings a unique form of fun and recreation. Unfortunately, it can also usher in a few potential injury risks.

What happens if you get hurt during an event that will be gone a week later? Who for medical care and other damages? As you might imagine, the answers are complicated.

Premises and product liability

When entering the grounds of an attraction or event, premises liability laws provide protection. They empower you to hold property owners liable for injuries caused by negligence.

Similarly, when enjoying the event’s features, product liability laws protect you, addressing safety issues in the rides or other equipment. Generally, one of these laws can help you recover compensation for event injuries.

Negligence and duty of care

Injury claims often hinge on proving negligence. In Kentucky, victims must show that the party responsible had a duty of care and breached it, leading to the injury.

Examples of potentially liable parties include:

  • Organizers: for event safety issues
  • Venue owners: for dangerous property conditions
  • Maintenance crew and operators: for unsafe operations
  • Manufacturers: for ride equipment defects

In many cases, multiple parties may be liable for the injuries sustained during a temporary event.

Common causes of injury

Here are some frequent causes of negligent injuries at fairs and other temporary recreational events:

  • Untrained ride operators
  • Failure to provide safety instructions
  • Insufficient security to address crime
  • Inadequate lighting to prevent slips and falls

Design or manufacturing defects in rides or other attractions can pose additional dangers.

You may be entitled to compensation through litigation or an insurance claim. Having experienced guidance on Kentucky injury and negligence laws can help you determine your next steps.