Currently in the United States, there is no official source that keeps track of amusement park injury that occur in parks across the country, and in many states, Florida included, theme parks are not legally required to report accidents, even those that result in injury to park-goers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a theme park accident in Florida or anywhere in the United States, you may have a valid legal claim to collect monetary compensation. Experienced amusement park personal injury attorneys like those at Best Law Firm Florida P.A. in Orlando, Florida have the knowledge and experience necessary to fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Disneyland is located in Anaheim, California, and is, perhaps, the most famous of all of the amusement parks in the United States. It opened in a nationally-televised ceremony in July 1955 and is open 365 days a year. The following are just some of the accidents and injuries that have occurred over the years at Disneyland in California:
- In March 2005, a small child’s finger became trapped between the boat and loading dock when an adult stepped up on the side to enter the boat. A bone in the finger was broken and the finger was severed at the tip. Disneyland closed the ride for two days, then made unspecified changes at the loading area as a result of the incident. In follow-up efforts, the State required that Disneyland lower and repair the rubber bumpers along the dock’s edge and reinsure that ride operators tell passengers to keep their hands in the boat while it docks.
- In December 2004, a 41-year-old woman exited the train on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride and took two steps on the wood flooring, which was wet from cleaning crews. She slipped and fell and was transported to first aid via a wheelchair. She suffered pain and bruising of her hip.
- In September 2005, one man was killed and ten others injured after an accident at Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad when a locomotive broke loose on the roller coaster.
SeaWorld is located north of Walt Disney World and south of Orlando and has seen the following accidents:
- In July 2006, a little boy suffered a bruised arm after a dolphin bit him
- July 2000, a woman broke her arm while riding the “Journey to Atlantis” ride
- July 2001, a man broke his wrist on the crawl net at Shamu’s Happy Harbor
Universal Studios Florida is part of the Universal Orlando Resort and is located in Orlando, also; it opened in 1990 and is Universal’s second theme park, after the original in Hollywood. This park has seen the following accidents:
- In November 2006, an actress injured her foot when it became caught in a lift mechanism
- In September 2004, a 39-year-old man died after falling from the loading platform at the studio’s Revenge of the Mummy Ride
For more information, see Questions about Theme Park Accidents.
If you or a loved has suffered a serious personal injury at an amusement park in Florida or anywhere in the United States, please contact the experienced Florida amusement park injury attorneys at Best Law Firm Florida P.A. today to schedule a free theme park accident consultation!