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Woman claims Pennsylvania theme park at fault in accident

A woman who claims she was injured in an incident at Sesame Place — a Pennsylvania theme park — has filed suit. The federal lawsuit names both Sesame place and SeaWorld Entertainment, the park's managing company, as defendants. According to reports, the woman visited the park on July 4, 2012 with her husband and young son.

The mother and child reportedly went to the Splash Castle and went down a kiddie slide together. The woman claims she slipped and fell at the bottom of the slide and, in the process, cut her knee on a piece of metal fastening a mattress to the floor of the pool. The woman reportedly suffered a cut that was 10 centimeters long on her left knee.

The suit alleges that the injury was the fault of the management and staff at the theme park because they did not provide a "safe environment" for those patronizing Sesame Place. The defendants are accused of not properly insulating the exposed metal and not taking the necessary safety precautions.

The woman claims that the injury resulted in her pain and suffering as well as permanent damage to the knee, decreasing her range of motion. The suit claims the woman had to undergo extensive medical care and suffered "a loss of self-worth" as a result of the accident. The lawsuit, filed jointly by the woman and her husband, is seeking damages totaling more than $150,000, with a portion of that being for the husband's claim of loss of consortium.

Those visiting similar establishments have a right to expect all reasonable safety precautions to be taken to reduce the risk of injury. In the case of an amusement park accident, if the management or staff were aware of the danger and did not take action to keep patrons from being injured, the courts may find the company at fault for its negligence.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Faulty water slide caused injury at Sesame Place, suit says" Jim Boyle, Jun. 09, 2014

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