When having fun, sometimes you get more than you bargained for
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” a well-known proverb dating back to the 17th century, has more than a little truth in it. All humans need the psychological lift and physical movement found in recreational activities.
People who engage in these pastimes generally know what the dangers are and how to prepare for and prevent or mitigate injuries.
Many other common recreational activities, however, present dangers that people just never imagine, much less try to avoid. At the Louthian Law Firm, we know all too well that recreational injuries have taken the health and lives of many folks from South Carolina, and when that happens as a result of negligence we step in — their play time becomes our work.
If you or your loved one has been in an accident while enjoying one of the following recreational activities, call (803) 454-1200 for a no-charge discussion of how we might help you.
Conventional Recreational Injuries
When the weather gets warm, Americans flock by the millions to swimming pools and beaches. There’s nothing more refreshing than a cool plunge on a hot day. For many, however, swimming and swimming pool accidents leave many families grieving and regretting that trip to the watering hole, whether it was a lake, a neighborhood water park or a theme park pool. Lack of safety gates and fencing, inadequate supervision, defective drains, and improper signage are just some of the signs of negligence that may allow a person injured in a swimming accident to receive compensation through a personal injury action.
We love the recreational opportunities afforded by all the lakes and miles of coastline in the Palmetto State. We’re always saddened by reports of South Carolina boating accidents — saddened, but not necessarily surprised. So many things can go wrong, from machinery failure to inexperienced or inebriated operators to lack of safety equipment, to spoil a day on the water.
Some families avoid water-borne hazards and head for the playground instead, unaware of the dangers of poorly constructed or dangerously designed playgrounds. Older equipment may be poorly maintained or the material used for surfacing under apparatus may be inappropriate. If you or a family member are injured while enjoying one of these conventional forms of recreation, call on the Louthian Law Firm to assess the merits of your potential claim for compensation.
A Modern Twist on Recreation
Inventors are always out to disprove the notion that there’s nothing new under the sun. Our ancestors would be amazed at the things we now do to amuse ourselves.
Parasailing Accidents: If you go to the beach these days, you’re likely to look in the sky above the ocean and see a person borne aloft by a brightly colored parachute being towed by a boat. If you’re not afraid of heights, you may even think you’d like to try parasailing some time. Inexperienced operators, unsafe equipment and indifference to dangerous weather conditions can cause serious injuries and death to those seeking this kind of thrill.
Ziplines: Another airborne attraction popular with modern families is zip lining. Put on a helmet, latch on a harness, jump off the platform and soar through the air like a flying squirrel! What a rush! But people sometimes find themselves rushed to the hospital when the equipment fails or there is inadequate supervision or instruction.
Inflatables: Maybe you think jumping closer to the ground would be safer for you and the kids. It might be, but it might come with its own dangers. Inflatable bounce houses and slides are popular at children’s birthday parties, local festivals and restaurants, but children suffer concussions, broken bones and other injuries when inflatables are not properly inflated, tied down or supervised.
Indoor Foam Pits: Adults as well as children like jumping into foam pits, assuming they’re going to make a soft landing on the chunks of foam filling the well. When trampoline pits are poorly designed or maintained or the facility staff is untrained or negligent, a crash landing can result in spinal injuries, paralysis or death.
A Family-owned Firm for Your Family
The Louthian Law Firm has been helping South Carolina personal injury and accident victims since 1959. If a recreational injury has caused pain and suffering for your family, let us help you hold negligent parties accountable for the harm they caused. Use our online contact form or call (803) 454-1200 to get help today.