Florida is famous for its many theme parks. Tourists from all over the world spend their vacations at these theme parks, as do residents of the state. The rides at these theme parks can be thrilling. However, as numerous incidents show, they can also be dangerous.
According to recent reports, a man visiting Disney Typhoon Lagoon got his arm stuck in a conveyor belt on one of the park's water rides. As a result, he broke his arm and injured his back and neck. He was flown to an area medical center, and his injuries are reportedly not life-threatening. It was released that this same water ride, another man fell out of a raft and hit his head in November of 2018.
In 2018, several people were injured on rides at other theme parks in Florida, including the Magic Kingdom, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, SeaWorld and Universal Orlando Resort. Per a deal between theme parks in Florida and the state, the theme parks will report injuries to the state and the state will not perform inspections at the theme parks.
Even though they may not be inspected by the state, theme parks still have the duty to ensure their rides are safe for patrons. Those injured on theme park rides may want to determine if they have grounds to pursue a premises liability lawsuit. Such a suit may be filed if a patron's injuries could have been prevented if the theme park had taken reasonable steps to ensure the safety of the ride. However, premises liability claims can be complicated and theme parks have deep pockets. Therefore, those injured at theme parks will want to ensure they understand their rights.