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Carnival rides and safety: What are your rights if you've been injured

You probably saw the headlines: In July, a man was killed after one of the carnival rides at the Ohio State Fair fell apart. What do you need to know about carnival rides and safety?

The incident also left seven people injured and saw the fair shut down on the opening day.

The accident killed Tyler Jarrell, an 18-year-old U.S. Marines recruit. His family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. No one is facing criminal charges in the incident.

No one knows exactly why the ride broke apart, although some news reports indicated there was a crack in the ride. According to a USA Today article, investigators from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found rust and corrosion in the ride.

So, what can you do to protect yourself and your rights if you or a loved one is injured or even killed while on carnival rides? Carnival rides and safety are probably not something most people think about. After all, riding carnival rides is fun and often involves a day out for family entertainment.

The fact is, however, that carnival rides can be dangerous, and you should think about carnival rides and safety before hitting a fair or other event.

While data is limited, a CPSC study found that there were 30,000 visits to emergency rooms in 2016 because of injuries in amusement parks.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed while riding carnival rides, you do have rights. In the event of a death, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit, which is a civil case meaning the death of your loved one is someone’s fault and could have been prevented.

You can also file a personal injury claim.

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If you or someone you love has been injured while riding carnival rides, give our legal experts a call today. We can help protect your rights and get you the settlement you deserve!