Florida is known for its many amusement and theme parks, and while many people think of these parks as being mostly about summer fun, the reality is that visitors come to Disneyworld, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, LEGOLAND, and other amusement parks in the fall, too. In fact, many families take advantage of the lower prices and slightly smaller crowds as well as the warm Florida weather to visit during the first few weeks of September – before school picks up. While most will leave with nothing but selfies and great memories, unfortunately some may be injured.
Amusement park injuries and accidents do happen. When they do, the legal team at Flaxman Law Group is ready to get to work to fight on behalf of those who have been injured. If you have suffered an injury while visiting Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, or any amusement park or theme park in South Florida, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation.
Types of Theme Park Injuries
In Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and other cities with theme parks, injuries to park visitors can happen in a number of ways:
- Parking lot injuries can result in pedestrian or car accident injuries
- Poorly lit or poorly secured areas can result in muggings or other crimes
- Poor maintenance and cleaning schedules can create slip and fall or trip and fall accidents
- Lack of accessibility features can result in injuries to visitors with mobility issues
Slippery surfaces can lead to slip and fall accidents
- Poorly secured areas (including unlocked or faulty gates) can mean children wander off and suffer serious injuries
- Rides may have defects that cause injury
- Ride operators may be under-trained or may be under the influence of drugs and alcohol
- Employees may be poorly screened and may pose a danger to visitors
- Obstructions on pathways or in entryways
- Lack of proper information about hazards or limitations on rides and in other parts of the parks
Southern Florida is justly famous for its amusement and theme parks and injuries in theme parks are far less common than car accidents in Miami and Florida. Nevertheless, injuries can and do occur. When they do, they can be devastating, especially since children are often involved.
Amusement park injuries can also be dangerous because of the crowds and the nature of theme parks themselves. For example, ride injuries can be devastating because most rides today travel at very high speeds, so the force of impact when something goes wrong can lead to life-threatening injury.
What to do After an Amusement Park Injury
Being injured in a theme park or amusement park can be terrifying, especially if you are just visiting Florida. You may not know anyone nearby and may not be familiar with local medical facilities or doctors. You may be relying on travel insurance and may be confused about what is covered under your travel policy.
Your first goal is to get immediate medical help for the injured person. Immediately alert park staff of the injury and get a full medical evaluation. Take photos of the accident area if possible and contact information for any witnesses as well as the names of any park employees. Immediately contact Flaxman Law Group to speak to a personal injury attorney familiar with Florida laws.
The legal team at Flaxman Law Group has more than six decades of combined experience. As a full-service firm, we can offer advice and legal support after you’ve been injured. Simply contact us for a free consultation if you need assistance or advice.