Florida is home to some of the most popular Amusement Parks in the world. Disney World makes up a good amount of Florida theme parks with the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Animal Kingdom. Florida is also home to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Busch Gardens, Seaworld, Aquatica, Wet Wild and the Miami Seaquarium.
It is common for someone to think of a roller coaster accident if they hear “Amusement Park Injury” or Theme Park Lawsuit”, but the majority of injuries that happen are actually a result of slip and falls due to the negligence of the theme park.
The goal for theme parks is to create an alternate reality. An escape from the everyday world that will truly make you feel like you are on a vacation. There are multiple layers and moving parts for an amusement park to deliver this experience to its millions and millions of visitors. With all the different levels of operation, it’s hard to imagine another type of business that has so many activities creating potential for liability.
Even though one of the main responsibilities of a theme park is to provide a safe environment, visitors may become victims due to negligence. The park is well aware of water rides and the puddles people leave after they exit the rides soaked. In most cases these areas are carefully watched and maintained so wet slippery surfaces are kept to a minimum. But there are other unexpected scenarios that parks can show a slower response time to cleanup. Sometimes even slow enough to be negligent and put unsuspecting visitors in harm’s way.
It could be a bathroom floor that has not been properly mopped and is dangerous to walk on. It could be a spill on a staircase or walkway of a ride that has not been cleaned by staff. Florida is also known for its sporadic weather changes and rain storms that seem severe, but may last only thirty minutes. When this happens, visitors tend to take shelter in park restaurants and gift shops till the rain stops. Once it stops, people go back out and continue with their fun filled day. What they leave behind in these gift shops and restaurants are floors that are now wet and dangerous to walk on. Even though an amusement park is fully aware of this, it is not common to still find floors that remain wet and are not attended to in a timely fashion.
Considering the number of events and people attending, it is surprising there are not more lawsuits against theme parks. This may be a result of the parks’ safety efforts or their claims departments’ efforts to appease injury victims before they head for court.
An amusement park will appear eager to offer you a quick, but substandard, settlement. You need to understand your rights and receive advice from a personal injury attorney who understands these cases and will put your best interest first. If you or a loved one were seriously injured at an amusement park or water park in Florida, the injury attorneys at MADALON LAW are here to help.