An amusement park accident is when a serious injury or death happens at an amusement park. It is common that the first thing people think of when they hear “amusement park accident” is a horrible injury or fatality due to a rollercoaster malfunctioning. Even though there have been injuries and death because of rollercoaster incidences, there are many other types of theme park accidents that occur more often – some even daily.
Besides its beaches, Florida is known for its amusement parks and also its water parks. In Orlando you have the four theme parks that make up Disney World (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios), Sea World, Universal, Legoland and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Florida is also home to Busch Gardens (Tampa) and the Miami Seaquarium (Miami).
These theme parks open their doors to millions of families every year. Their goal is to create an alternate reality; an environment where a person is surrounded by positive characters, cool shows, fun rides and anything else that makes it clear that you are on vacation. And the more people on vacation, the better. Go to one of these parks and you will see Florida residents, people from other states and even visitors from other countries. One thing that all of these people have in common no matter where they are from is that they paid a good amount of money for a park ticket – not to mention parking, food, souvenirs and anything else the kids might want.
There are times that a theme park is so focused on continual growth (to accommodate even more people), they end up neglecting their primary responsibility – providing and maintaining a safe environment. All rides are expected to be maintained and inspected so they are always in working order. Floors are supposed to be cleaned and free of any debris or dangerous footing that may cause a visitor to slip and/or fall.
Common signs of neglect by an amusement park can include:
- Dangerous areas with no warning signs
- Improper assembly of rides
- Debris left on the floor
- Improper ride operation
- Exposed electrical wiring
- Careless behavior by a ride operator
- Safety Restraints that malfunction
- Rides that mechanically fail
- Defective or missing safety equipment
- Inadequate or untrained staff
- Unsafely designed walkways
- Inadequate lighting at night or in dark walk areas
When an injury or death occurs at a theme park, the victim and their family may feel intimidated because it is them vs. a huge corporation. This can make a person feel like they have no choice but to take the offer the amusement park gives. This feeling of hopelessness is why many victims settle quickly for a lot less then they financially deserved and could have had.
Please contact the theme park injury attorneys at MADALON LAW so you can hear what your options are. We will give you a free consultation and handle all the legal fees if we take your case. You will not be billed unless we win. The big corporations know your rights. You should too. Let MADALON LAW fight for you.