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11 people trapped, injured in water slide malfunction

As summer quickly comes to a close, families in Schenectady may try for a few more weekends of fun before children are back in school for the year. Many people may find themselves at a water park or on a water slide, but New Yorkers may be interested to learn that water parks are not always safe. Though water parks can sometimes be unsafe premises, New York families who are injured while riding a water slide can file a premises liability lawsuit against the water park for compensation.

In this story, 11 people were injured last month after the vinyl liner within a tunnel-style water slide split. As individuals slid down the tube, they would get caught between the liner and the slide, trapping them beneath the vinyl liner. With the water on the slide still running, it is a miracle that the injuries were not more serious. Five of the 11 were sent to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries.

Luckily for the water park patrons, however, there was an off-duty police officer who took control of the situation. When he noticed people becoming trapped under the liner, he worked to free a 13-year-old boy from the slide. Then, he climbed out of the tube to get the attention of the lifeguards. It took nearly 20 minutes for the lifeguards to realize the severity of the situation and to turn the water to the slide off.

The officer and one of the lifeguards re-entered the tunnel and cut the liner away from the 10 other people trapped in the slide.

Whether it is a water park or a shopping mall, people in Schenectady should feel safe going to public places. When a patron is injured, however, there are options available for ensuring that the individual is not responsible for his or her own medical costs. Rather, a premises liability lawsuit allows an injured patron to hold the business owner liable for the unsafe premises.

Source: The New Jersey Star-Ledger, "Off-duty Bergen County Sheriff's officer credited with saving patrons during Mountain Creek water slide incident," S.P. Sullivan, Aug. 24, 2012

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