Daniel Kagan featured in national report on amusement park injuries

A national four-part series on amusement park safety and liability featured attorney Daniel Kagan of the Berman & Simmons law firm.

The series, published in Bloomberg BNA’s Product Safety and Liability Reporter and on the Bloomberg website, explores amusement park safety data and examines the important roles played by government regulators, and prominent safety lawyers like Attorney Kagan, in keeping people safe.

Because of patchwork regulations and inadequate public resources for enforcement, parents cannot rely on local, state, or federal agencies to guarantee their families’ safety, Kagan told reporter Bruce Kaufman. The best way to keep amusement rides as safe as possible is to hold operators financially responsible when they act negligently, Kagan said.

‘‘The tort system is, and must continue to be, the policeman of our community endeavors. If we want to minimize occurrences of harm-causing negligent behavior, we must continue to make the consequences of negligent behavior cost a lot of money,” Kagan said.

All four parts of the series quote Kagan extensively for his legal expertise in cases in which mechanical failures at family attractions cause serious injury or death. This reflects Kagan’s standing as a preeminent advocate for plaintiffs who are hurt at amusement parks, carnivals, fairs and similar attractions. He has successfully handled many of these cases in Maine over the course of his career.

Click on the links to read the series.

Kagan is one of Maine’s leading trial lawyers, with a record of jury verdicts and settlements in complex and difficult personal injury cases. Since joining Berman & Simmons in 1989, Kagan has often taken on controversial cases that play out in the public spotlight.

He is one of several lawyers in the firm who have achieved jury trial verdicts in excess of $1 million. His statewide practice emphasizes serious and complex wrongful death, products liability and personal injury matters. With a particular interest in mechanical, system and design failures, Kagan has won verdicts and settlements for victims killed or injured by all types of defectively designed or maintained machines, including vehicles such as ATVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles, cars, trucks, and rides.

Kagan is a contributing author for the guide to superior court practice in Maine on the topic of trial advocacy. He speaks frequently on tort law and trial advocacy at legal education seminars; and has authored several legal articles on a wide range of subjects, including maximizing recovery on complex cases, presentation of expert witnesses, and client communication. Kagan is actively involved with the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and American Association for Justice.

Berman & Simmons Attorney Daniel Kagan

Daniel Kagan