Miami Amusement Park Accident Attorneys
Helping Amusement Park Accident Victims Throughout the State of Florida
Tourism is big business in Florida. Year-round sunshine, balmy temperatures and miles of world-class beaches make the state an ideal vacation spot for travelers from all parts of the world. Florida’s world-famous theme parks also attract millions of tourists each year.
In addition to large theme parks, Florida also boasts numerous other attractions, such as water parks, amusement parks, fairs, festivals and carnivals. Most visitors have a wonderful time enjoying the unique experiences each attraction offers. Unfortunately, however, each year hundreds of people suffer serious, even fatal, injuries because of accidents at Florida amusement parks. Globally, an estimated 30,000 injuries are linked to amusement parks each year.
If you have been injured in a Florida amusement park accident, or you are a surviving family member of someone who was killed in an amusement park accident, you are undoubtedly suffering physically, emotionally and, perhaps, financially. Just the thought of trying to locate medical care providers, communicate with insurance companies and potentially pursue legal action can add considerable stress to an already traumatic situation.
At Boyers Law Group, we understand what you are going through and want to help. We have over twenty-five years of experience helping people who have been seriously injured because of the negligent or wrongful conduct of others, and are committed to putting our extensive experience, skill and resources to work for you.
Please call us at 305-512-7600 or submit the “Tell Us What Happened” form on our website to discuss how we can help you hold all parties responsible for your injury accountable and obtain full, fair compensation for the damages you and your family have suffered.
What Are Common Florida Amusement Park Accident Injuries?
Most of us hear only about the fatal injuries people suffer in the presence of horrified onlookers when something goes terribly wrong at an amusement park. However, many other people suffer a variety of serious injuries at Florida amusement parks, water parks, carnivals and festivals. Some of the more common injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and other back and neck injuries
- Nerve damage
- Head trauma, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Fractures or broken bones
- Injuries requiring surgery
- Emotional trauma, including PTSD
- Strokes and heart attacks
- Burn injuries
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a Florida amusement park accident, it is important to talk with an experienced accident injury attorney as soon as possible. The personal injury attorneys at Boyers Law Group have more than twenty-five years of experience helping people throughout Florida who have been injured in accidents caused by others’ negligence or wrongful acts.
We want to hear what happened to you and help you decide on your best course of action. We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident in order to help you hold all responsible parties accountable and achieve justice.
What Causes Amusement Park Injuries?
Although we use the term “accident” when an amusement park injury occurs, most injuries are not caused by true “accidents.” Many are caused by negligence on the part of park operators, maintenance personnel and manufacturers. In fact, common causes of amusement park injuries include:
- Mechanical failures. This may involve things such as brake failures, cables snapping, rides stopping midway, derailing or restraints failing. When amusement park rides have mechanical failures, people can suffer serious neck and back injuries, catastrophic falls and even decapitation.
- Defective parts or design. A defect in the original design or in parts manufactured for a ride can cause it to be unsafe. Mechanical failures can cause people on a ride to be jolted around or thrown from the ride.
- Inadequate or unenforced warnings and ride restrictions. Most amusement park rides have height, weight, or age restrictions, as well as health warnings. Failing to properly warn riders about these restrictions, or failure by ride operators to enforce them, can lead to injuries, such as broken bones, heart attacks, head injuries and spinal cord injuries.
- Improper operation. Inadequate instructions and/or improperly trained operators can result in serious injuries to riders. Broken bones, head injuries, spinal cord injuries and loss of limbs can occur.
- Inadequate supervision. Amusement and water park rides require adequate supervision to prevent injuries, including slip and fall injuries and drowning.
- Inadequate security. Failing to provide adequate security at an amusement park can result in physical or sexual assaults.
- Failing to properly repair and maintain the premises. Everything from the walkways to the rides must be constantly inspected and repaired when necessary. Failure to do so can cause serious slip and fall and other injuries to visitors.
While many different factors cause Florida amusement park accidents, the underlying cause is usually negligence. Understanding whose negligence was the cause of your accident injury and holding them liable is important to prevent others from being hurt and to help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve for the damages you suffered.
Who Is Liable for Injuries Suffered in a Florida Amusement Park Accident?
Determining who is liable can be very challenging in a Miami amusement park accident case. Typically, amusement park accident cases involve negligence. Negligent maintenance of the park grounds, equipment and attractions, as well as negligent operation or supervision of rides can cause serious injuries. Several parties, such as the ride designer, park owners, managers and the ride operator, could all be liable, for example.
Under Florida law, people injured due to the negligence of others are entitled to bring an action against the negligent parties for damages if the alleged negligent parties owed them a duty of care; breached the duty of care; the breach caused them to be injured; and the injury resulted in damages, such as financial losses, pain, suffering and mental anguish. Even if you were partially at fault for the accident, perhaps because you did not follow all of the posted rules, you can still bring an action for damages because Florida uses a comparative fault system to apportion fault and determine the percentage of compensatory damages recoverable in a personal injury lawsuit.
A particular kind of negligence occurs when a defect in the design or manufacture of a ride contributed to the accident. In these cases, anyone in the “chain of distribution” could be held liable in a product liability lawsuit. This could include the ride designer, anyone involved in manufacturing parts, the company that installed or built the ride, as well as the owner of the amusement park. The same is true if a failure to properly warn riders contributed to the injuries suffered by a victim.
Premises liability law may also be applicable in a Florida amusement park accident case. Premises liability imposes a duty of care on the owner/occupier of a property with the highest duty owed to public and business invitees. A business invitee is someone who was invited to the property for a specific purpose that is directly or indirectly connected with business dealings. The duty of care owed to a business invitee requires the owner/occupier to keep the property in a reasonably safe condition and to provide notice of any known dangers on the premises if a hazard cannot be repaired or removed immediately. An owner/occupier may even be held liable for hazardous conditions of which they were unaware but of which they should have been aware.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured at an amusement park, the Boyers Law Group accident attorneys have the experience, skill and resources you need to identify all liable parties, amass the evidence necessary to prove negligence and build a powerful case demonstrating your entitlement to substantial compensation.
What Compensation Can Victims of Florida Amusement Park Accidents Receive?
Compensation in a Florida amusement park accident case depends on many different factors, including the nature of your injury, your need for medical treatment and your ability to work. In general, however, you may be entitled compensation for both economic and non-economic damages, such as:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished qualify of life
- Disability and physical impairment
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Present and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and other care costs
- Lost income
- Diminished future earning capacity
- Your family’s loss of your companionship, guidance and assistance
- Other damages recoverable under Florida law
If a family member was fatally injured in a Florida amusement park accident, you could be eligible to file as a claimant in a wrongful death lawsuit. As a surviving spouse or child in a wrongful death lawsuit, you may be entitled to compensation not only for your major mental pain and suffering but also for the loss of companionship, care, and support that was provided by your spouse or parent prior to the accident and that would have been provided in the future had the wrongful death not occurred. Parents who have lost children in these horrific incidents are also entitled to be compensated for their devastating losses.
The experienced Miami amusement park accident lawyers at Boyers Law Group can help determine all of the damages you have suffered and the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled. We have the experience with amusement park and other recreational accident cases needed to help you obtain the substantial compensation you deserve for the damages you have suffered.
Get Highly Skilled and Compassionate Legal Help from the Proven Team of Miami Amusement Park Accident Injury Attorneys at Boyers Law Group
The injury lawyers at Boyers Law Group have successfully litigated a substantial number of accident cases over the years and have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. You can be assured, however, that we only handle a few cases at any one time so that we can give each case and each client the full personal attention they deserve.
You can rely on our sophisticated team of trial attorneys, investigators, paralegals and experts to address your concerns promptly and be fully prepared to successfully litigate your case. We will handle all aspects of the legal process and leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice, including:
- Identifying the liable party(ies).
We will thoroughly investigate the circumstance surrounding your accident to make sure we have identified all responsible parties.
- Determining the full, fair compensation to which you are entitled under Florida law. We will consider all possible economic and non-economic damages to determine the substantial compensation you should be able to recover.
- Managing all communication and negotiations with insurance companies.
We will negotiate aggressively for the full settlement amount you deserve and handle all communications with the defendant’s insurance company. Our team will do everything in its power to achieve the best possible result based on the law and facts of your case.
- Filing all forms and paperwork promptly and accurately.
We will make sure all necessary forms and paperwork are completed accurately and submitted on time so you do not have to worry about deadlines or any procedural details.
- Passionately pursuing justice.
If the liable party’s insurance company does not offer a satisfactory settlement to compensate you for all damages, we will be well prepared to fight in court for your right to substantial compensation. Our years of experience as trial attorneys mean you get proven, powerful advocacy in court.
Meet with Experienced Florida Amusement Park Accident Attorneys
If you were injured at a Florida amusement park, or a family member was injured and tragically killed in this setting, please contact the experienced Miami amusement park accident attorneys at Boyers Law Group to discuss your legal options. We are committed to seeking justice for injured victims and surviving family members and will aggressively pursue your right to be fully and fairly compensated for the injuries you suffered.
Contact us today for a free consultation on your case by calling 305-512-7600 or by filling out the “Tell Us What Happened” form on our website.