Obtaining Compensation for Injuries in Theme Park Accidents
Theme parks, for which Orlando is known for the world over, can offer its guests days’ worth of fun activities, extreme, adrenaline-inducing rides, incredible visual wonders, and so much more. However, no matter what kind of theme park you are visiting, whether a country fair or a nationally-recognized theme park chain, there is always the chance for negligence or recklessness on the part of park employees or other guests, which can cause serious injuries and even deaths. As a result, theme parks are often well-armed with attorneys who are available on-call who will try to offer potential plaintiffs fast settlement offers in order to gain their release, because once such a release is signed, the theme park will be free from further liability even if severe injuries later reveal themselves. Alternatively, theme park attorneys may engage in aggressive behavior and refuse to provide any compensation for injuries that you or your loved may have suffered, even if such injury was clearly caused by the negligence or reckless of the theme park.
Regardless of how a theme park engages with you after you suffer injuries while enjoying park attractions, you should consult with an experienced and competent personal injury attorney such as the attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, after a theme park accident and before accepting any settlement offers from the park to resolve your claims.Possible Causes of Injuries in Theme Parks
The Consumer Product Safety Commission employs a National Electronic Information Surveillance System, which tracks information about injuries due to a variety of reasons, including theme park rides. The Commission reports that, in 2006, 8,800 injuries from theme park rides resulted in emergency room visits. Of those injuries, 3,700 were the result of accidents from permanent rides at theme parks, while 2,800 injuries occurred at mobile rides more prevalent in carnivals and county fairs. According to the same research data, bounce houses and other inflatable amusement attractions caused approximately 3,600 injuries that ended up in the emergency room. Finally, slides and other attractions at water parks contributed about 3,100 injuries, and Go-karts caused a staggering 15,600 severe injuries.
A theme park’s management should always keep safety in its park at the top of its list of priorities. Sadly, profits often overtake safety, which often results in careless actions by theme park managers and employees that cause people injuries. For example, negligent or reckless conduct by theme parks may cause the following:
- Poorly-maintained attractions, rides, or facilities;
- Poorly-trained ride operators or theme park staff;
- Slippery surfaces and walkways in parks;
- Inadequate lighting and security in areas like parking lots and other common spaces which can result in increased assaults or robberies;
- Defectively-designed or manufactured rides;
- Walkways or common areas with obstructive items or equipment; and
- Inadequate security measures for gates or doors that allow guests and their children to access dangerous areas of parks.
Florida cities like Orlando or Tampa, Orlando have some of the most popular theme parks in the world that are visited by millions of people each year. Federal and state government agencies require theme parks like those in these Florida cities to adhere to routine safety inspection schedules and to certify that only highly-trained employees are operating park attractions and rides. Nevertheless, even with these measures in place, accidents may still take place which is severe or fatal in nature because of the nature of the attractions or rides involved.
Many theme park accidents can occur on a more localized level, such as short-term carnivals, festivals, or state or county fairs. While these places are still required to adhere to some safety measures, these measures are not as extensive or strictly enforced as the federal and state requirements for larger and more permanent parks. Security and security precautions employed by operators of smaller attractions like these are not as strict as the measures used by large and permanent parks. Amusement attractions such as rides are often installed and taken down repeatedly over some years and shipped across the country to other carnivals or fairs in regular intervals. In these instances, the rides and other attractions are usually not maintained adequately, not stored properly, or just become outdated or fall into disrepair due to wear and tear. Local events such as these also often use poorly-trained staffs that are not equipped with the knowledge to properly maintain or operate complex equipment. Often, these temporary staff members are not entirely aware of the gravity of the equipment involved and do not receive machinery training or certification. Anything involving large machinery in the industrial or construction context is a breeding ground for serious injuries and injury litigation, and the same goes for theme parks.Why Do I Need A Lawyer After A Theme Park Accident?
An experienced theme park accident attorney can assist you with:
- Understanding the real impact of the injuries you suffered and how they will affect your life in the future so that you gain and understanding of the real value of your claim;
- Communicating with your physician or other health care providers to ensure your injuries are properly treated and that you obtain the appropriate care necessary;
- Consulting with an expert economist to fully calculate the financial impact of the theme park accident on your life, future, and your family; and
- Negotiating aggressively with the theme park's insurance providers and, if necessary, proceed to trial, to obtain a fair settlement of your claims.
Experienced advocates, such as the attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, should also be able to help you identify other potential defendants who you should include as a defendant in your claim, as well as other possible bases of liability that you should claim with the court. Such bases may include products and premises liability, and negligence.Obtain More Information About Theme Park Lawsuits
Potential clients of our law firm can obtain more information about theme park lawsuits from our website. We have an FAQ section regarding theme park accidents that cause bodily injury or wrongful, which answers questions such as:
- Can I sue an amusement park for injuries?
- How long do I have to file a lawsuit against an amusement park?
- What laws regulate amusement parks in Florida?
You may also want to review summaries of past amusement park accident cases handled by the Florida personal injury law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano.For More Information Call (888) 499-9700
Greenberg, Stone & Urbano is an AV-rated South Florida personal injury law firm with connections to a nationwide network of local law firms. This network allows us to offer dedicated legal representation to injury victims throughout the United States. Our attorneys have more than 100 years' combined experience handling personal injury and wrongful death claims. We have the knowledge and resources to file lawsuits against any amusement park in Florida or elsewhere, including:
- Busch Gardens
- Disney World
- Universal Studios
- Epcot Center
- Florida State Fair
- Dade County Fair
- Broward County Fair
We also represent Floridians who were injured in theme parks outside the state. If our FAQ pages do not have all the answers you are looking for, call toll-free (888) 499-9700 to get more information about how to file a lawsuit against an amusement park.