What to do if You Get Injured at an Orlando Theme Park
Written by Shawn Diederich on September 19, 2016
If you lived in Orlando for some time, you’ve probably visited one of the many amusement parks in the area. With parks like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Seaworld, and many others, it’s no coincidence that Orlando is considered the “Theme Park Capital of the World.” The rides at these theme parks can be thrilling and get your adrenaline pumping, but they can also result in serious injuries. There are many types of injuries that occur at theme parks and if you suffer the misfortune of being injured, there are specific actions you can take.
Types of Theme Park Injuries
There are two types of injuries that can be suffered while at an amusement park: injuries that occur while on a ride and injuries that occur while not on a ride. Some of the injuries that can occur while you are on a ride include:
- Lacerations and bruises
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- Drowning or near-drowning
- Stroke, as a result of neck injuries or other types of trauma
- Back injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Death, often as a result of a fall from a height or after being thrown from a ride
Injuries that you can suffer while not being on a ride include:
- Slips and Falls
- Heat Exhaustion
- Food poisoning
- Shuttle Bus and Parking Lot Injuries
What Contributes to These Kinds of Accidents?
There is a multitude of things that can lead up to a person getting seriously hurt or even killed at an amusement park. Some of these include:
- Improper maintenance of ride and safety equipment
- Failing to post clear warning signs that, for example, patrons with blood pressure or heart problems should not go on a ride or that the ground may be wet/slippery.
- Failure to give ride operators proper training
- Unsafe design of rides or lack of safety testing
- Failure to inspect the rides for safety discrepancies on a regular basis
- Giving incorrect instructions to riders
It is the amusement park’s responsibility to keep patrons safe both on and off the rides. Proper training of employees and use of warning signs for all dangers should be implemented wherever needed in order to prevent injuries. If you are injured due to a lack of either of these, the park may be held liable for your injuries.
Preventing Amusement Park Injuries
Don’t let the fear of injuries keep you from enjoying your favorite amusement parks though! Be sure to wear comfortable shoes with plenty of traction, wear sunscreen, bring water, and do your research on rides before heading out. Never be afraid to ask ride operators questions, and be sure to read all signs carefully! Find more information on staying safe at amusement parks here.
What to do if You’re Injured at an Orlando Amusement Park
The first thing you should do if you suffer an accident on a ride is to alert the operator of the ride as soon as possible. If you have suffered an injury while not on a ride, then contact the park’s emergency services or 911. If you think you have suffered a neck or back injury, limit your movement as much as possible. It is also a good idea to have a friend or family member take pictures to prove their proper warning signs were absent and also take down the name of the current operator of the ride. Be sure to also get the names and number of witnesses who may have witnessed the accident. These things will be vital in determining if you have a case and also helping you put forth the best case.
Contact an Experienced Orlando Personal Injury Attorney
Everybody loves the twists, turns, and drops that the roller coasters of Disney World offer, along with the amazing water rides at Seaworld and Typhoon Lagoon. However, if you ever have the misfortune sustaining injuries while at an amusement park, then talking with the experienced Orlando personal injury attorneys at Diederich Law Firm can help your odds of recovering financially after your injuries. Contact us today at (407) 270-3775.