As school doors close for the summer, Florida’s theme parks and attractions such as Walt Disney World, Tampa’s Busch Gardens and Six Flags Miami will begin to see a spike in attendance. While these parks are memorable for the characters, thrill rides and sweet treats, the unfortunate reality that often goes unnoticed (and unappreciated) is the importance of staying safe. After all, nothing is more disappointing to a child or family than having to spend their long-awaited summer vacation stuck in the hospital or left waiting in the sweltering heat outside of a ride because of an injury. So while you’re out and about enjoying the Florida summer attractions, remember that safety doesn’t take a break.
If you’ve been injured in an accident at a Florida theme park, you need an experienced Florida personal injury attorney to represent you against the big insurance companies that shield these attraction premises. Don’t wait to file a claim if you or someone else has had a slip and fall, injury from a mechanical or product malfunction or other accident. Contact the aggressive accident attorneys at the Law Offices of SKG to get the compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering following a theme park injury.
Theme Park and Amusement Park Safety
Theme parks and attractions take extra precautions to keep their patrons safe, posting safety guidelines outside of each ride entrance and encouraging guests with pre-existing medical conditions to avoid ride that could aggravate their health. Before you or a family member step in line to ride:
- Adhere to the listed age, height, weight and medical restrictions posted for each attraction.
- Keep arms, hands, legs and feet inside the ride at all times, even if the ride is slow-moving.
- Pull all safety bars and harnesses to their secure position against your body. Do not attempt to wriggle free once the safety bar or harness is in place.
- Do not board a ride under the influence of drugs, alcohol or other mind-altering substances.
- Do not board or leave a ride unless instructed to do so. Many theme park rides make multiple stops before coming to a complete stop that is safe enough to enter or disembark.
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Steps to Take if you are Injured
The insurance companies that represent their amusement park clients may try to minimize your injuries, avoid accepting fault for the conditions that caused the accident to occur or convince you not to pursue legal representation of your own. These tactics are meant to protect the profits of the theme parks without regard for the patrons that keep these parks in business.
If you are injured at a Florida theme park or attraction:
- Contact the attraction’s manager or supervisor and record their information, including name, direct phone number and identification number if available.
- Take photos of the accident site and your injury.
- Gather the names and contact information for any witnesses.
- Complete an incident report and demand to keep a copy of the report.
- Do not sign any documents or speak to anyone from the theme park’s insurance company.
Injured at a Florida Theme Park? Don’t Wait to Contact an Attorney.
Florida’s theme parks and attractions make every effort to keep their guests as safe as possible, but just like anywhere you go, accidents can and will happen. When that accident is due to a park’s negligence, including a slip, trip or fall, animal bite or ride malfunction, you need an attorney to ensure your rights are protected and your case is handled properly. Contact the attorneys at The Schiller Kessler Group for a free case evaluation.