Amusement Park / Theme Park Accidents
According to the Florida Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection, there are approximately180 permanent amusement parks, and over 220 traveling amusement companies in this State. The Bureau is charged with the statewide inspection of all amusement rides, with the exception of those located in large parks that have full-time inspectors on staff. Approved amusement rides are given annual permits. Further, permanent structures subject to Bureau inspection are evaluated semi-annually; while temporary rides are checked each time they are set-up at a new location. In lieu of investigations by the Bureau, Florida’s major theme parks file quarterly “occurrence reports” with the Bureau for their major accidents and incidents. Despite all of these safeguards, amusement park accidents still take place.
If you are in the Broward County area and in need of a theme park accident attorney, DRG Firm is here to protect your rights. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that there were more than 15,000 amusement-ride related injuries in 2005. Negligence on the part of the theme park; and ride malfunction or failure were among the causes of injury sustained at the amusement parks.
Below are some of the incidents reported to the Bureau in 2006 and 2007:
- Disney reported nine cases. Among them were: two deaths; a man who swallowed too much water at Typhoon Lagoon; three women who fell and broke their hips or suffered other injuries; two men with chest pains; and a boy who fainted at Blizzard Beach.
- A 68–year–old woman fractured both legs and an arm while exiting the ride vehicle of Peter Pan’s Flight.
- A 14–year–old girl broke her arm on the Camp Jurassic climbing nets.
- Busch Gardens' Adventure Island water park had two reported cases of people complaining of injuries.
- Universal Orlando reported that a woman suffered from chest pain and numbness in her arm, among other symptoms.
- A 42–year–old man broke his left ankle while exiting the Kilimanjaro Safari ride vehicle.
Despite the inherent danger of amusement park rides, you are afforded the same level of care at a theme park as you are other types of property. The park is reasonably responsible for the safety of you and any other guests they may have. The South Florida amusement park accident attorneys at DRG Firm are here to help you if you have been injured at a theme park. If you or a loved one has suffered injury or died as a result of: ride malfunction, operator negligence, improper maintenance, or negligent security at an amusement park, our Miami-Dade accident lawyers can assist you.
Amusement park accident claims often involve multiple parties and insurers. Therefore, these types of claims have the potential to be much more complex than you may anticipate. Our aggressive attorneys will work hard to get you a fair settlement offer, and if need be represent you in litigation.
Please contact us if you have been involved in an accident at an amusement park. Our firm is here to assist you 24/7 and we will go where we are needed. We can be reached at 1.888.413.8353.