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How Can I Recover After An Injury At An Amusement Park? 

Florida is known for its large number of amusement parks, theme parks, and other similar types of attractions. While thrill rides, roller coasters, water slides, and more can be fun and enjoyable for the whole family, visiting an amusement park also unfortunately comes with the risk of injury. Many different kinds of accidents can happen at an amusement park and many of these accidents can result in serious injury. Additionally, many amusement park accidents occur because a party acted in a negligent manner. In such cases, any injured victims have the right to recover by filing a premises liability claim [1] in civil court.

If you have suffered injury at an amusement park, identifying negligence can sometimes be complicated and may involve significant investigation and collection of evidence. For this reason and more, you should always consult with an experienced personal injury attorney at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA as soon as possible. We can help evaluate your chances of recovery and help you get reimbursed for all of your amusement park injury-related losses.

Injuries on Rides

A large number of amusement park injuries happen to a patron who is on a ride. There are many different types of negligent acts that may lead to an injury on a ride, such as a roller coaster. Some common examples of negligence involving rides include the following:

  • Inadequate training of ride operators or other staff
  • Distraction or other mistakes on the part of the ride operator
  • Not providing proper warnings for patrons regarding risks of getting on a ride with certain medical issues or conditions
  • Defective design of an aspect of the ride, such as the track, brakes, or electrical systems
  • Defective safety devices, such as restraints or lap bars
  • Allowing patrons who are too small to board the ride
  • Mechanical failure or other malfunction due to inadequate inspection or maintenance of the ride
  • Dangerous actions on the part of other riders or park patrons
  • Failing to comply with all Florida [2] and federal safety regulations [3] related to amusement rides

At times, the injuries on a ride may be relatively minor, though other ride-related accidents can be fatal.

Other injuries in amusement parks

Aside from roller coasters, many other accidents may potentially happen on the premises of an amusement or theme park. For example, many patrons may suffer injury in the following types of incidents:

  • Slip and falls caused by hazards in walkways, on stairs, or other dangerous conditions in common areas
  • Drowning accidents caused by dangerous conditions in or around pools or water-related attractions
  • Food poisoning from restaurants or concession stands
  • Violent acts, such as assaults, allowed to occur due to inadequate security
  • Accidents on park transportation vehicles, such as trams, trolleys, trains, or carts

Amusement park claims may be complicated

Owners and managers of amusement parks are aware of the high risk of injury that exists in the park. For this reason, most parks have insurance companies and legal teams ready to defend against any kind of personal injury liability in court. They will try to use legal doctrines such as assumption of the risk and comparative negligence in order to limit or eliminate the recovery for injured patrons. Often, the settlement offers from insurance agents will be extremely inadequate for your injury-related losses and they may try to pressure injured patrons into accepting such low offers.

In order to make sure you receive what you deserve following an amusement park injury, you should call 727-451-6900 today for a free consultation with a premises liability lawyer at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. We know how to take on large companies in court and negotiate with insurance companies so that negligent amusement parks are held accountable.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premises_liability
[2] https://www.flsenate.gov/laws/statutes/2011/616.242
[3] https://www.iaapa.org/safety-and-advocacy/safety/amusement-ride-safety/regulations-standards

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