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Florida Lawyers for Amusement and Theme Park Accidents

Florida is known worldwide for its beautiful weather, beaches, and its exciting amusement and theme parks. Orlando has been designated the Theme Park Capital of the World, and more than 80 million people visit its major theme parks every year. Visitors go to amusement and theme parks to have fun and spend quality time with friends and family. Some popular Florida attractions include Disney World, Universal Studios, Dinosaur World, ICON Orlando, Busch Gardens, Fun Spot America, Legoland Resort, Sea World, and more.
Unfortunately, accidents with significant injuries and even death occur occasionally at these venues. Many of these injuries and tragic losses of life are preventable. The amusement and theme park owners have a duty to provide a safe environment for their guests by repairing potential and foreseeable hazards and ensuring the rides are safe for public use. However, this is not always the case.

How are Florida Amusement and Theme Parks Regulated?

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is the governing agency that inspects and permits all amusement and theme park rides in Florida. The exception is those with more than 1,000 employees that employ full-time inspectors (Florida Statute 616.242 (11). However, major theme parks must report all injuries and accidents to the FDACS.

All amusement rides must maintain a certificate of insurance and an annual affidavit of compliance with testing conducted by a professional engineer or qualified inspector. In addition, the FDACS inspects go-kart tracks, water-related rides, and zipline courses throughout the state.

The FDACS investigates amusement park and theme park accidents and can impose sanctions on amusement ride owners for violations of law, including the closure of rides that pose a danger to the public. https://www.fdacs.gov/Business-Services/Fairs/Fair-Rides-Inspection 

Important Questions to Consider for an Amusement or Theme Park Claim:

  • Were all parties compliant with safety rules?
  • Were safety rules posted? (such as weight, height, and health restrictions)
  • Were the parties under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or prescription medications? 
  • If minor children sustained injuries, were they supervised? 
  • Did the parties have pre-existing medical conditions?
  • Are there witnesses to the accident?
  • When and how did the accident occur?
  • Did the victim receive medical treatment?
  • Were ride operators attentive and knowledgeable in their duties?
  • Was the ride inspected according to Florida law?

Who to talk to about a Florida Theme Park Injury or Accident

If you have sustained injuries while visiting an amusement or theme park or a loved one has died due to the negligence of others, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses and damages. At the Orlando Accident Attorney, we are experienced personal injury attorneys passionate about holding property owners responsible for negligence. Our legal team utilizes industry experts to find the specific mechanism of injury, to maximize a settlement or verdict. Our complex litigation attorneys are ready to help you seek justice.

Negligence Claims for Amusement and Theme Park Accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Designs defects of rides
  • Poorly trained employees
  • Ride operator error
  • Slip and falls on the premises 
  • Ingesting contaminated food
  • Failure to post clear warning signs for guests with health problems
  • Failure to maintain and inspect the equipment
  • Failure to give guests proper instructions on the ride
  • Parking lot accidents
  • Drowning
  • Animal bites

There is a broad range of injuries that can occur at an amusement or theme park. Severe injuries may include head trauma, fractures, lacerations, neck and spine injuries, whiplash, assaults, and wrongful death.

Contact Orlando Accident Attorney for a No Obligation Consultation

Many amusement and theme parks do not put the resources needed into safety prevention. They must be held responsible for accidents and damages that occur on the grounds of their facilities. Major theme parks self-report injuries and accidents to the FDCAS without government oversight. They are known to downplay the extent and seriousness of these events in their reports to avoid facing legal consequences.

 At the Orlando Accident Attorney, our complex litigation attorneys fight for maximum compensation for our clients who are injured through no fault of their own. Contact our dedicated and knowledgeable Florida personal injury attorneys for a confidential case evaluation if you have been injured or lost a loved one in an amusement or theme park accident. Our office is located in Winter Park, Florida, and we handle theme park accident cases throughout Florida. Call us at (407) 706-3909 for a no-obligation consultation.