Florida Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Clients Harmed in Amusement Park Accidents

Florida is home to a multitude of famous amusement parks, including Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, Disney World, Busch Gardens, and whole lot more. While amusement parks offer a welcome respite from the obligations of work and school, they are also highly prone to accidents. While the Florida amusement parks issue quarterly reports on injuries, the parks are only required to report injuries that involve overnight hospital stays or that result in deaths. As such, figures on the total number of accidents occurring at Florida amusement parks are likely on the lower side. Common injuries include broken bones sustained while exiting unsafe rides, chest pain due to safety harnesses that are too tight, dizziness caused by some of the more wild rides, falls, fainting, and more.

An average of 4.5 amusement park patrons die each year due to accidents, and nationwide, an average of 1,200 patrons sustain injuries that require hospitalization. 66 of these patrons are children, though 4,400 children sustain injuries annually. Amusement parks are responsible for providing a safe environment, complete with properly functioning equipment, adequate warning signs, and safety equipment, in order to present guests with a fun yet accident-free visit. However, many amusement parks fall short of this duty, either due to intentional cost-cutting or sheer negligence. When a patron has been injured at an amusement park, he or she may have a legally cognizable personal injury claim against the amusement park. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Kaiser Romanello can review your accident to determine if the amusement park is at fault. Kaiser Romanello has been serving personal injury clients in the South Florida region for the past 20 years. To schedule a free case consultation, call Kaiser Romanello at 855-200-1000 today.

Common Causes of Amusement Park Accidents

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the three most common causes of amusement park injuries are:

  • Guests who act negligently by intentionally or unintentionally violating park safety protocol;
  • The amusement park as a whole, ride operators or safety inspectors who act negligently in maintaining equipment, providing adequate warnings, and fixing issues; and
  • Pre-existing medical conditions that are exacerbated by activities at the amusement park.

The park is not responsible for pre-existing medical conditions. However, the amusement park is responsible for its own negligence. In addition, if a guest acted negligently and was injured, the amusement park may still be responsible if its own negligence played a part in the accident.

What to Do After an Amusement Park Accident

If you or a loved one is injured while at an amusement park, the first thing you should do is to contact park personnel to report the accident and seek medical treatment. Most amusement parks have doctor’s offices with nurses and physicians on staff during open hours to treat more minor injuries. The doctor will likely ask you a series of questions about what happened and will write a report. If you suffer only a minor injury that does not affect your ability to continue to enjoy the park, you will be able to resume activities. However, if you have an injury that requires treatment by a specialist, such as a fractured tooth, the doctor may refer you to another doctor, one who is not employed by the amusement park. If you have severe injuries, an ambulance will be called, and you will be transported to the hospital.

Amusement parks have insurance to cover injuries suffered after accidents, and often times, a representative from the amusement park will contact you to offer to pay for some of your medical bills. Many individuals jump at the opportunity for reimbursement and do not realize that they likely could have received much more in compensation, including emotional distress damages, had they pursued a lawsuit. After you receive medical treatment for your injuries, immediately contact a skilled amusement park accident attorney. Do not try to settle with the amusement park on your own.

Negligence

Amusement parks are governed by state and federal laws and are required to maintain safe equipment, rides, walkways, grounds, and more. State and federal authorities conduct safety inspections throughout the year and certify the amusement park. If the park fails the inspection, the park must remedy any defects. However, despite these safety checks, accidents can and will happen.

When the amusement park is negligent in caring for its guests, it is responsible for accidents that occur. Common forms of amusement park negligence include:

  • Failing to properly maintain rides
  • Failing to install proper safety equipment
  • Failing to properly check that each rider is secured prior to the start of the ride
  • Failing to clean up spills within a reasonable amount of time
  • Failing to post adequate warning signs
  • Failing to implement proper restrictions for rides, such as height or age requirements

Amusement Parks Are No Match for Our Team of Trained Personal Injury Lawyers

Don’t let the amusement park bully you into a settlement without the consultation of a knowledgeable and trained personal injury lawyer. Kaiser Romanello has experience fighting these giant amusement parks and will use everything in its arsenal to pursue compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation with our South Florida office located in Parkland, Florida, call Kaiser Romanello at 855-200-1000 now.

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