Florida Amusement Park Slip and Fall Lawyers
Florida is a destination hotspot for millions of Americans each year. Some come to play on our beaches. Some come to see our residents. And yes, many come to visit our many amusement parks.
Why wouldn’t they?
According to the Florida Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection, there are actually 240 permanent amusement parks operating within our state. Even Florida residents take advantage of all the fun that these amusement parks have to offer. With just a short car ride, anyone in Stuart or along the Treasure Coast can visit Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Legoland Florida, SeaWorld Orlando or other amusement parks in our state.
But an otherwise perfect day of fun can be ruined if a theme park visitor slips and falls. These slip and fall accidents are not rare occurrences at amusement parks in Florida. Worse, many accident victims are children.
Common Florida Amusement Park Slip and Fall Injuries
Some slip and fall accidents result in minor injuries. But others can result in far more serious injuries. Amusement park slip and fall injuries can include:
- Head traumas / traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Hip injuries
- Shoulder and arm injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Sprains, strains, dislocations, tears
These injuries may require extensive medical treatment and missed work. The victim and family members may also suffer extreme mental anguish as the result of having a fun day at the park turn into a traumatic experience.
Florida Amusement Park Liability for Slip and Fall Accidents
Under Florida law, an amusement park has a duty to keep its premises free from hazards that may lead to slip and fall accidents. If it does not, and an accident happens, the injured guest can pursue legal action to recover compensation.
For example, an amusement park may be held liable if it fails to:
- Replace a broken stair railing
- Clean up a spill within a reasonable time period
- Repair uneven pavement or potholes
- Remove debris from stairways
- Repair pavement problems in the theme park’s parking area
- Eliminate slick surfaces, such as at the exit of a ride at a water park.
What to Do After A Florida Amusement Park Slip and Fall Accident
If you, your child, or another member of your group slips or trips and falls while at a theme park, taking these steps may make it easier for you to pursue legal action against the theme park in the future.
Seek medical treatment for any injuries right away. Follow all of the doctor’s recommendations and keep copies of any medical bills.
Document the scene of the injury. If possible, take pictures or videos of whatever defect or condition led to the fall. Take pictures of the injuries, too. You should also save any evidence related to the fall, including shoes and clothing. Try to get the contact information for the people who either saw the accident or helped afterwards. This includes theme park employees.
Report the accident to theme park management. A theme park manager may try to speak to you in detail about the incident. If you do not feel comfortable talking about your injuries or your child’s injuries, do not do so. You may feel shaken or be in pain. If so, you will not likely be able to give a full and accurate account of what happened. Do not prepare a written statement, agree to record a statement or sign any documents.
Write down your recollection of the incident. Make sure to include details. Although you may think you will never forget the moment, your memories may fade. Record information such as the date, time, weather, path you were walking, who was with you and crowd level.
Contact a Florida Amusement Park Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer
After suffering a serious slip and fall accident, you may want to recover from your injuries and then contact a lawyer from your home state. It may be better for your case, however, to hire a Florida amusement park slip and fall lawyer. A Florida attorney who handles amusement park slip and fall accidents will know the applicable Florida laws and will have experience handling similar cases against the same amusement parks.
Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, represents victims of accidents throughout the state of Florida, including residents of the cities of Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and Vero Beach. Call our firm’s toll-free number or fill out our online contact form. We provide free initial consultations.
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