Available Damages in Amusement Park Injury Lawsuits
Get Legal Help Today
Secured with SHA-256 Encryption
UPDATED: Feb 24, 2020
It’s all about you. We want to help you make the right legal decisions.
We strive to help you make confident insurance and legal decisions. Finding trusted and reliable insurance quotes and legal advice should be easy. This doesn’t influence our content. Our opinions are our own.
Editorial Guidelines: We are a free online resource for anyone interested in learning more about legal topics and insurance. Our goal is to be an objective, third-party resource for everything legal and insurance related. We update our site regularly, and all content is reviewed by experts.
Personal injury attorneys and courts deal with the issue of future damages every day. One formula that you can use to estimate how your child’s damages might be calculated would be to add up the medical expenses that have occurred so far and multiply that figure by the number of years your child may receive similar treatment. Then you can add in the estimated amount of treatments that your child has not yet undergone but which are reasonably foreseen. And finally, a small percentage may be added to account for future increases in how much the medical treatments cost. This, however, is only one possible formula – you should discuss this issue extensively with your attorney to make sure that your child’s future damages are properly compensated.
Future damages, as well as present damages, can be affected if your daughter did something to contribute to her injury. For example, after hopping on the ride and being given instruction about the safety harness, your daughter unstrapped her safety harness and was pitched against the safety bar when the ride stopped, suffering various facial injuries. This is called contributory negligence, and, if proven, can greatly reduce the award that your child receives, under the theory that the park should not be held liable for an injury that wouldn’t have happened without your child’s misconduct. States deal with issues of contributory negligence differently also, so be sure to talk to an experienced attorney in your area.