Theme Park Accidents
An unfortunate accident can lead to lifelong injury, bankruptcy, and even death.
On the surface, theme parks are magical microcosms that blur the lines of fantasy and reality, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in a an alternate time or dimension. From renaissance fairs and medieval towns to superhero cities and cartoon character worlds, theme parks allow guests to experience thrilling rides, delicious treats and wonderful interactions with hundreds of different cartoon and movie characters. It’s no wonder that theme parks are a major source of entertainment, attracting millions of visitors every year.
Unfortunately, not all visits end with the same feeling of magical wonderment you get when you first enter a theme park. More than 1,000 people were injured at a theme park in Florida in 2011, and at Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., we want to ensure our clients can recover from a theme park injury.
Florida Theme Park Accidents
Theme parks and water parks abound in Florida, which is why the Sunshine State is considered the leader of theme parks in the world. Paired with the unbeatable weather, theme parks and water parks provide the perfect getaway for people all of over the world to visit with the whole family.
Statistically, with more than 50 million visitors each year, it is to be expected that some injuries will occur. But our Gainesville attorneys aren’t satisfied with low injury rates or public relations campaigns that claim “only” a certain percentage of tourists have experienced injuries. Visiting a theme park or water park is a time for fun and relaxation, not for being rushed to seek medical care or worry about loved ones.
A theme park can be a dangerous place when improper ride maintenance, and negligent security are at play. Whether it’s cost-cutting measures, being understaffed or knowingly violating safety procedures, park owners and managers may be at-fault for your injuries, and we want to help you receive compensation when you’re entitled to it.
Possible Causes of Theme Park Injuries
A theme park accident may not be your fault. Sometimes there are things that employers and employees could, or should, have done to avoid the situation which you were involved. This might include:
- providing appropriate safety signs to warn of slippery walking surfaces
- providing adequate lighting to deter assault or theft
- leaving unsafe areas unsecured or unlocked without proper cautionary signs
But neglect can go even further than an unlocked security door or poorly lit parking lots. By neglecting the proper maintenance on rides and machinery, malfunctions and defects can occur while a ride or machine is being operated, putting employees and guests at a risk for injury or death.
Who is Liable for Theme Park Accidents?
As a theme park guest, it can be more obvious that the park is responsible for your injuries when a safety sign is missing. But when someone is fatally or seriously injured by a theme park ride, there are few ways that a tourist can gain access to the information and evidence needed to prove negligence. Hire a Florida theme park injury attorney right away so that your rights can be protected while your case is being built.
At Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., we work diligently to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve if you’ve been injured at one of the many theme parks in Florida.
If your vacation has taken a tragic turn, trust our Gainesville attorneys to help you get back on your feet. Medical bills can be overwhelming, especially if you are not from the area. It can be scary to have to visit an unknown hospital, and extending your stay in Florida due to a party member becoming injured can be extremely expensive. Don’t let a theme park or water park attorney delay your stay any longer than necessary. Hire a personal injury lawyer who will put your needs first.
Florida Theme Parks
Florida is the theme park capital of the world. Here are some of the top theme parks and water parks most visited in the state.
- Walt Disney World Resort
- Universal Orlando
- SeaWorld Orlando
- Islands of Adventure
- Magic Kingdom
- Legoland Florida
- Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
- Discovery Cove
- Wet ‘n’ Wild Orlando
- Adventure Island
- Cypress Gardens
- Wild Waters
- Silver Springs
- Shipwreck Island
- Rapids Water Park
- Jungle Island
- Dinosaur World
- Pioneer City
- Daytona Lagoon
- The Holy Land Experience
- Lion Country Safari
- Old Town
- Sam’s Fun City
- Weeki Wachee Springs
- Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park
- Sun Splash!