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Theme Park Injuries: Who Is Liable After an Accident?

Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens – Florida is the proud home of several world-famous theme parks and attractions that welcome millions of attendees year-round. However, the best time to visit these fun tourist traps is during the fall months: kids are back in school, the weather is cooling (well, we can hope), and the parks are just setting up for the holiday season.

Theme Park Accidents & Injuries

But theme parks can be dangerous no matter the season. The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that there were 113,272 “emergency department-treated” injuries reported in the years spanning 2003 and 2013. When a theme park-related accident or incident occurs, it usually results in catastrophic injuries, debilitating disabilities, and tragic fatalities. Fortunately, victims are not without legal recourse.

A theme part attendee can sustain the following injuries during an accident:

  • Whiplash
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Neck injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Strokes (from trauma to neck ligaments)
  • Loss of limb
  • Back injuries
  • Drowning injuries

Most theme park accidents can be linked to four specific causes: operator error, staff negligence, equipment failure, and structural defects. Despite corporate claims, many attractions are designed for thrill over safety, especially older rides that are in dire need of maintenance and upgrades. Interestingly, even the inherent nature of a ride can result in injuries; for example, attendees have suffered whiplash, retinal hemorrhaging, and subdural hematoma during spinning rides – watch out for those teacups! It’s also possible for an attendee to suffer a serious slip and fall injury while touring a park. A bad fall can lead to broken bones, concussions, contusions, and various orthopedic injuries.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim

A theme park injury can result in costly medical bills and an inability to hold gainful employment. In this scenario, an accident survivor needs to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney. A legal professional has the skills, experience, and resources to methodically investigate an accident, research the park’s history, and identify the negligent parties. A lawyer can also help you file a claim that embodies your legal interests and financial objectives. By taking legal action, you can recover essential damages and protect other attendees from suffering a similar fate.

You may have grounds to file a claim against the following parties:

  • Amusement park owners
  • The park’s parent company
  • Ride engineers
  • Ride operators
  • Park supervisors or managers
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Safety inspectors
  • The park’s insurer

Injured at a Florida Theme Park?

A plaintiff can encounter many legal challenges in their path to restitution. After all, a theme park is a “family-friendly” business with a big wallet and a reputation to protect. If you require legal representation after an amusement park accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today. Our experienced legal team can represent your interests and help you hold the negligent parties responsible for your personal and financial losses. With our guidance, you can recover monetary damages that provide for your medical expenses, lost wages, and more.

We’re available to you 24/7. Contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLCat (866) 675-4427 to arrange a free consultation today.