Water Park Death Raises Safety Concerns

As Floridians, we know firsthand how exciting theme parks can be. With rides, games, and performers, they offer something for everyone, and allow for hours of fun. Theme parks are also considered to be a relatively safe means of recreation. The chances of being injured at an amusement park is 1 in 16 million, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. For the most parts, amusement park owners and operators do their part to maintain rides and other facilities. Usually, guests are able to enjoy their day without interruptions or injuries.

Amusement Park Accidents

This week, however, the death of a ten year old boy at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kansas, raises questions and concerns about the safety of amusement parks. Caleb Schwab was killed while riding the world’s tallest waterslide, which clocks in at 168 feet. His cause of death is described as a fatal neck injury, though an investigation. If his death was caused by negligence of the park, Schlitterbahn could face a wrongful death lawsuit from his family.

This is not Schlitterbahn’s first personal injury lawsuit. In 2014, the water park company faced two lawsuits after park-goes suffered injuries on other rides within the water park. In both cases, Schlitterbahn denied the claims. Despite these previous injuries, however, it is difficult to conclude anything about Caleb’s death until further details emerge. Our thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time, and we hope they find the justice they deserve for Caleb.

If this incident has raised questions about theme park safety, the IAAP offers a list of water park safety tips, as well as precautions for amusement park rides.


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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