Millions of people throughout the world enjoy fairground rides. Whether they’re being thrown, jiggled or dropped from a height, the exhilaration of a white knuckle ride is second to none. A huge element of going on a fairground ride however is the knowledge that although it appears you could fall or be flung away, you’re completely safe.
Fairground accidents are, thankfully, uncommon. However this doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t happen, and should you be involved in an accident at a fairground, you’ll need to know the cost of personal injury lawyers in North Devon.
Pleasure at the Fairground
You’re probably aware that when you enter any public place such as a fairground, the owners have a legal obligation to your safety. This obligation is known as a duty of care.
The duty of care which is given to every business owner will differ dramatically depending on their business and the risk assessment they must undertake as part of their health and safety requirements. For every risk they identify they must ensure that they act to negate this risk and take all necessary precautions. For example when it comes to the owners of a fairground, they must:
- Provide a safe, fully maintained and well kept ride at all times
- Ensure that the ride in question has all necessary safety features including seatbelts, harnesses, emergency stop brakes and coverings for all mechanisms
- Ensure that any staff charged with operating the ride have full training in the ride operation
- Have an emergency procedure with designated first aid and rescue staff
- Ensure all staff are fully trained in the emergency procedure and their health and safety requirements
Assessing the cost of personal injury lawyers in North Devon
Compensation may be awarded by a court if it can be shown that the injuries you sustained occurred as the result of someone else’s actions or their negligence. Therefore, in the case of a funfair ride if you were injured because the ride operator failed to ensure you were properly harnessed, the court might find in your favour.
However, if the ride operator secured your harness and you then undid it, it is unlikely that the court would award you with compensation because it could be shown that your actions interfered with the health and safety precautions of the ride operator.
To assess your claim, Accident Advice Helpline offer a 30 second test along with a No Win No Fee* service, ensuring you don’t need to worry about the cost of personal injury lawyers in Devon. To start your test, call us today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 14th August 2015
Author: David Brown