Florida Theme Park Injury Attorneys
Helping Victims of Theme Park Accidents Throughout the State of Florida
Florida is known for its great climate and theme parks, and tens of millions of tourists visit Florida for those reasons every year. The most visited theme park in the world is Magic Kingdom at Disneyland, and that is of course, located in sunny Orlando, Florida. However, the alluring escape from everyday routines that theme parks promise may contain hidden dangers and risks. The theme park rides that provide enjoyment and entertainment can also result in injury and even death.
Florida’s theme parks promise an alternate reality and hours of fun spent connecting with family and friends while enjoying the make-believe world of the theme park. The multiple components that create a theme park can also create multiple opportunities for injury. Moving sidewalks, water features, dark rides, high speed conveyances that reach great heights and the biggest thrill of all, rollercoasters, are elements that are present in many of the Florida theme parks, and they are all potential places for harm.
If you or a loved one has recently been the victim of a Florida theme park accident, whether in Miami, Orlando or Tampa, you don’t need to face these challenges alone. The highly skilled theme park accident attorneys at the Boyers Law Group are well-equipped to advocate for you.
We have successfully litigated personal injury cases for over twenty-five years, helping Florida families hold negligent parties accountable for injuries. Boyers Law Group has a proven history of achieving substantial compensation for injured victims. Let us put our experience, expertise and resources to work helping you get the full compensation you deserve.
Theme Park Accidents
Amusement parks offer guests adventure, adrenaline-pumping rides, an escape from reality, an opportunity to connect with characters and so much more. Unfortunately, the lure of these incredible experiences brings a great and disturbing frequency of accidents. Florida’s major theme parks, which include Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando, and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, report quarterly to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regarding accidents and other incidents at their parks. The Florida theme parks must report incidents where there is a fatality, or instances where the injured person required an overnight hospital stay.
Theme park safety in Florida is regulated via the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS); this agency has statewide authority to inspect all amusement rides in Florida, except for those at large parks that have more than 1,000 employees and have full-time inspectors on staff. Essentially, all the Orlando, Miami and Tampa theme parks are thus exempt from FDACS regulation because they have more than 1,000 employees. FDACS will check for expired permits, affidavits, insurance and inspection certificates at fairs and roving or permanent amusement parks with less than 1,000 employees, and will notify them in advance that an inspection needs to be requested.
A local amusement carnival is subject to different regulations than corporate theme parks, but no matter the size, there is a duty on behalf of all theme park, amusement park, and fair operators to maintain the property, parking areas, rides and attractions in a reasonably safe condition. There is also an ongoing duty to inspect, maintain, and repair the rides and attractions as needed. Failure to carefully perform these duties is negligence, and when that negligence results in accidents and injuries to theme park visitors, the amusement park can be held legally accountable for all the harm that it caused.
Studies have shown that thousands of kids are injured each year due to amusement park accidents. (https://www.nbcnews.com/health/amusement-rides-hurt-4-400-kids-year-large-study-finds-6C9694699). Although, industry associations paint a different picture. According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, over 300 million people visit theme parks every year. It asserts that an average of 20 children per day suffer an injury after an accident at a theme or amusement park. No matter the numbers, some perecentage of kids and adults suffer catastrophic injury at dangerous amusement parks. In fact, there are approximately four deaths per year from roller coaster accidents alone. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/ip.2005.008425)
Negligence in a Theme Park
There are a myriad of causes of theme park injuries, and the most recent analysis of injuries using data from International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions and the Consumer Product Safety Commission illustrates their variety. Most theme park injury causes can be divided into two categories- mechanical failures or operator behavior, resulting in negligence.
Mechanical failures in theme park accidents include broken rides, structural issues, missing components, exposed wiring, broken chains, malfunctioning safety restraints, shutoff failures and more. Operator behavior resulting in injury in a theme park accident can include improper assembly or maintenance, overriding safety equipment, inadequate instruction or supervision and abrupt starting or stopping of a theme park ride. Other potential accidents include the following:
- Injuries on roller coasters and rides and accidents involving rides
- Falls from amusement park rides
- Falls from elevated platforms
- Slip-and-fall injuries on stairs or walkways
- Trip-and-falls on potholes, curbs, broken concrete and defective flooring
- Parking lot accidents
- Injuries on shuttle buses or trams
- Injuries from horses, parade vehicles or fireworks
- Design defect
- Mechanical failure of a ride
- Inherent dangerous nature of a ride
- Animal bites and attacks
- Falling objects
- Failure to warn passengers of dangers and restrictions
- Lack of staff training and/or experience
- Failure to follow height/weight/age requirements
- Food poisoning or food borne illness
Theme Park Accidents Result in Tragic, Life Changing Injuries
Enjoyment and excitement at a theme park can end abruptly if you or a loved one are injured. Lacerations, broken limbs, loss of consciousness, contusions and back injuries are among the most common injuries to theme park visitors of all ages. However, decapitation, heart attacks, strokes, seizures, paralysis and other tragic, horrific injuries resulting in death can happen at a Florida theme park. These life changing injuries result in major suffering, disability, a destroyed quality of life, substantial medical expenses and a loss of the ability to work and earn a living.
The experienced attorneys of the Boyers Law Group strive to protect your legal rights and opportunity to be substantially compensated by obtaining any available video footage, maintenance records, instruction manuals, photographs and witness interviews. These pieces of evidence are integral to proving the negligence which resulted in the serious injury or death of a Florida theme park visitor. A Boyers Law Group attorney can review what happened in your Florida theme or amusement park accident and let you know if you are eligible for this kind of lawsuit.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a Miami, Tampa or Orlando theme park accident caused by the owner’s or operator’s negligence, you may be able to obtain substantial financial compensation for your injuries and damages. A lawsuit may be necessary to obtain the monies you need to pay for ongoing medical expenses, lost wages, pain and other damages. The theme park accident attorneys of the Boyers Law Group take these factors into consideration to help you receive the best possible outcome for your case.
Boyers Law Group Attorneys Have Many Years of Experience Representing Victims of Florida Theme Park Accidents
When you or a member of your family has been seriously injured in an accident while visiting a Florida theme park, you need expert legal help to examine the details of your case and advocate relentlessly for the compensation you deserve. Our compassionate, experienced team has over two decades of experience representing victims of theme park accidents. We will help you understand the legal process, make sure we understand every detail of your accident and injuries and do everything possible to hold the responsible parties accountable. Bottom of Form
Please contact the experienced Florida theme park accident attorneys of Boyers Law Group at 800.545.9100 or submit the “Tell Us What Happened” form on our website for a free consultation so we can get started working on your case.