There are approximately 180 permanent and 220 traveling amusement parks in Florida, according to the Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection.While the Bureau is responsible for semi-annual statewide inspections of all rides and structures at these theme parks, accidents still occur.
In lieu of investigations by the Bureau, major theme parks in Florida are required to file quarterly occurrence reports that detail all major accidents and incidents for the year.
This means anything that required overnight hospitalization or resulted in death. If you have been hurt in an accident at an amusement park in Miami Dade or Broward County, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries.
Who is Liable For An
Amusement Park Accident?
Millions of people flock to South Florida every year to visit amusement parks like Sea World, Santa’s Enchanted Forest, and Universal Studios. Like all property owners, these parks have a responsibility to maintain their property and equipment in working, safe conditions for their patrons. In the event that a person suffers an injury due to negligence on the park’s behalf, the injured party may have a strong case to bring against the proprietors of the amusement park.
Depending on the facts of your case, the legal liability may lie with either the amusement park’s owner, the manufacturer of the theme park ride, the concession stands owner, or whatever company is directly responsible. In some cases, more than one party will be required to pay compensation to the injured party.
Common Types of Theme Park Injuries
With all the different moving parts and activities at theme parks, there are many ways that a person can sustain injuries. These include:
- Slip-and-fall accidents that occur due to protruding obstacles or, more commonly, water spillage that was not addressed.
- Broken or damaged amusement park rides, which can lead to traumatic brain injuries or other serious injuries.
- Unsafe or improperly maintained rides, such as water rides or roller coasters can result in drowning, amputations, and decapitations.
- Untrained or inebriated ride operators, which can lead to malfunctions, injuries, or improper operation.
In the event of an accident or injury at a theme park, you should contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. These cases tend to be complex and involve multiple parties, so it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. If you or a loved one has been injured or died as a result of ride malfunction, operator negligence, improper maintenance, or negligent security at a South Florida amusement park, our Miami-Dade accident attorneys can assist you.
At DRG Law Firm, we are committed to helping our clients receive due compensation for injuries or death sustained from an accident at an amusement park. Contact our office at 888-413-8353 for your free injury claim evaluation.