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Slip and slide: When water parks become a hazard

You would be hard-pressed to find a child who didn't enjoy going to a water park on a hot summer's day. Even in Alaska, water parks are an accessible form of entertainment. Both indoor and outdoor water parks give kids a chance to relax and cool down, but they can be a source of injury.

Water parks often have rides, wave pools and other attractions that could break, malfunction or otherwise lead to injuries. Water-borne pathogens are a real risk to patrons, and slick surfaces make it more likely for people to slip and fall.

On the whole, the hazards are things you expect to come into contact with at the park. No one goes to a water park expecting not to walk on wet surfaces, for instance. People don't, however, believe they'll walk on wet surfaces with no friction. Having smooth surfaces in a water park is a quick way to land a patron in the hospital.

Guests normally are responsible for their own health and well-being as long as the park is in good condition. However, slick surfaces or defects could open the water park up to liability for not making sure the facility was safe enough for consumers to enjoy without injury.

It's not always obvious whether a water park can be held liable for an injury. However, if the park's owner didn't repair damage or use common sense to prevent injuries, then there you may be able to make a case for negligence. An experienced Alaska attorney can help you determine if you have a solid case.

Source: FindLaw, "Who's Liable for Waterpark Injuries?," Brett Snider, Esq, accessed May 15, 2018

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