Theme parks have become popular centers of recreation for many of us to relax and enjoy ourselves. However, as the number of people that visit these places rise, so do the accidents that occur in them. Accidents at amusement parks are rare, but when they do happen the results are often catastrophic. Most people know what to do when they are in a car accident, but what should you do if you get injured at a theme park? If you are injured at a theme park, something you must do is obtain good legal representation so you will have the best chance of getting compensation from the theme park to pay for any injuries you may have received.
Americans have always loved to visit amusement and theme parks. Huge parks and local corporations like Disney have loyal followings. Many of the parks feature scary and sometimes dangerous rides. In some cases, it is difficult to obtain data on theme park accidents because some states do not require the parks to disclose accident data to the public. The lack of regulation on accident monitoring and reporting makes it difficult to calculate the risks involved in riding roller coasters and other rides. Fortunately, technology has greatly improved the safety of the rides. Unfortunately, even in recent years there have been instances where terrible accidents have occurred.
Florida Theme Parks
All of Florida’s major parks, which include the Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando, and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, report quarterly details surrounding accidents and other incidents at their parks. The parks are required to report incidents where there is a fatality, or the injured person required an overnight hospital stay.
What to do
If you are injured on a theme park ride or at a resort, you should immediately notify the staff. Staff members should know the proper procedure for helping injured theme park and resort visitors, usually by filling out an accident report and calling emergency services if necessary. If you are with someone, ask them to document the danger that caused the injury by taking pictures or writing down crucial information. After you’ve left the park, visit a medical professional that is qualified to treat your injury. Continue to get treatment when you return home if it is necessary for your recovery.
If you have experienced an accident at a theme park, please contact an attorney right away. Time limits can apply to your case. If you are vacationing from out of town, it is important that you contact a local attorney right away. Don’t wait until you go home and talk to your hometown attorney. You should work with someone who has experience with theme park accidents and local laws. If you have an attorney at home, your theme park attorney and your local attorney may choose to coordinate on some aspects of your case.
If you or a loved one had the unfortunate experience of being injured while at a theme park, please call the Curry Law Group for legal representation and counsel. Our firm services the entire Tampa Bay Area and would like the chance to represent you. Please fill out the form on this page or contact our office today.