Florida is world-famous for its many large amusement parks and theme parks, which draw millions of visitors to the state every year with promises of adventure, excitement, and dreams come true. While most rides are reasonably safe, injuries do occur that can turn a fun-filled day into a horrifying event.
Florida’s major theme park companies, including Disney World, Universal Orlando, Seaworld, Legoland, Wet ‘n Wild, and Busch Gardens Tampa, file “occurrence reports” with the Florida Bureau of Fair Ride Inspection on a quarterly basis (SunSentinel). According to the Orlando Sentinel, Florida’s big theme parks reported 16 guest injuries during the first quarter of 2012, including 10 at Walt Disney World, four at Universal Orlando, and two at Legoland Florida.
The injuries at Disney World included:
At Universal Orlando, three of the four injuries reported involved motion sickness suffered aboard Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The other injury was suffered by a 62-year-old woman who sustained a head laceration on Carou-Seuss-el in Islands of Adventure. At Legoland, the two reported injuries included a 41-year old woman who tripped and lacerated her shin while exiting Fire Academy, and a 10-year-old boy whose foot was caught between the vehicle and unloading platform when he exited Lost Kingdom.
If you or a loved one sustained an injury at a Florida amusement park, please contact Fetterman & Associates for a free initial consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages, including medical expenses, property damage, and lost wages, from the theme park and its insurers. With offices in North Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie, we represent clients throughout southeast Florida in a wide variety of personal injury claims
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