Orlando is home to a number of theme parks including Disney World. Other Orlando theme parks like Universal Studios, Sea World, Islands of Adventure and the Holy Land Experience, as well as county fairs, provide incredible rides, sights, restaurants, and other amazing attractions for millions of visitors from all over America and the world. But if you are injured on a ride or anywhere else in a theme park site, what are your legal options?
As an invited guest at a theme park, the owner has a duty to inspect the property for any hazardous conditions and to either remove the danger or adequately warn visitors of the known danger. The duty to inspect includes maintaining the many rides to avoid malfunctioning equipment. Theme parks employ numerous people, including seasonal employees, who must be sufficiently trained to operate sophisticated and dangerous rides and be able to identify potential hazards. Without appropriately trained staff the consequences to guests at these theme parks can be potentially devastating.
Causes of Theme Park Injuries
Theme park accidents are caused by the following:
- Malfunctioning brakes, cables or rides
- Assault/battery on patrons by unruly or intoxicated persons
- Food poisoning at restaurants or food stands
- Lack of employee training
- Failure to warn
- Slip and falls
- Design defect in the ride
Injuries on amusement park rides can be catastrophic. The lack of safety harnesses, problems with safety systems, or unfamiliarity with how rides operate are often to blame. Broken steps, inadequate lighting, and failure to warn of a hazard are also causes of slip and falls. Also, a poorly designed ride or one manufactured with faulty parts may constitute a product liability case against the ride’s manufacturer or designer.
Theme park owners must maintain adequate security for its patrons. Failure to provide security in a parking lot or adequate lighting can result in robberies,assaults, and rapes. If you have been a victim of any of these crimes at a theme park contact The Wiseman Law Firm immediately.
Steps to Take
Should you be injured at a theme park, take the following steps:
- Have someone contact a supervisor and note his or her name.
- If possible, take photos of the accident site, and have someone take a photo of you on the ground or in whatever position you are in to demonstrate the injury.
- Obtain names and contact information of any witnesses.
- Do not sign any statements or give any oral recorded statements to anyone.
- If police arrive, give a general statement to them of the accident.
- Take photographs of any injuries.
- Call The Wiseman Law Firm at your earliest opportunity
The Wiseman Law Firm is experienced in theme park accidents and knows what evidence to gather and which parties to maximize the value of your claim.
Too many times, injured victims attempt to handle accident cases on their own and later regret the mistakes they made that seriously affected the value of their case. Oftentimes, tourists go back to their home country and hire a lawyer there who is not licensed in Florida to practice law. The theme parks will not take that lawyer seriously because they know he cannot prosecute the claim in Florida. Contact The Wiseman Law Firm so your case is given the respect it deserves.
Don’t trust your accident case to any personal injury or premises liability law firm, contact The Wiseman Law Firm today for a free consultation. We care about getting the best result possible for you.