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Theme Parks Must Report Injuries

The newly opened Legoland has joined other Florida theme parks in reporting injuries suffered by patrons while visiting their venues, according to the SunSentinel.Com.

Injuries to be Reported to Bureau Of Fair Rides

The State’s Bureau of Fair Rides receives quarterly reports of certain injuries and illnesses from all major Florida theme parks. For example, 12 injuries were reported during the fourth quarter of 2011 by Orlando’s theme parks. The injuries included a fractured ankle caused by a slip and fall. However, the reports also include illnesses, such as the case of a 71-year-old man “not feeling well” before and after riding “Expedition Everest” in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, who’s reports have also noted that a blocked artery was a factor when a 43-year-old woman who complained of nausea and dizziness related to the Magic Kingdom’s “Space Mountain” ride.

Legoland Reports

The 6 injuries reported by Legoland were:

  1. A 44-year-old man who experienced lower back pain after slipping during an evacuation from Technic Test Track;
  2. A woman of unknown age who hurt a rib riding Aquazone Wave Racers;
  3. A 6-year-old boy struck in the cheek by a gate at the Dragon Coaster;
  4. A 15-year-old girl whose foot became caught between two vehicles on Dragon Coaster when she placed it outside her vehicle;
  5. A 5-year-old boy whose foot became caught between his vehicle and an unloading platform as he exited before told to do so on the Lost Kingdom Adventure;
  6. A 43-year-old woman whose shoulder “popped out of place” while she was riding Coastersaurus.

Amusement Park Regulations

Under Florida Law, amusement parks are responsible for the safety of their patrons and must comply with the same general laws applicable to every other business, like the duty to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition, the duty to correct dangerous conditions and/or the duty to warn patrons of known dangerous conditions.

There are, of course, additional rules developed by local, state and federal governments designed to help keep amusement parks safe for patrons. Among the aspects governed by these rules are maintenance schedules and safety inspections, enforcing proper height limits on rides, the language requirements on signs warning patrons of hazards and training standards for ride operators.

With more than 60 years of combined experience, Greenberg Stone and Urbano stands ready to handle amusement park accident cases against theme parks of all sizes, from the local county fairs to the largest theme parks in the nation, including those owned and operated by Disney, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens. Our firm successfully handled a large injury claim against the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and the owner of the Gravitron ride that caused the injury when it failed. To learn more about our past cases against amusement parks, please visit the Notable Cases section of our website.

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury as a result of an accident at an amusement park, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. The Miami Dade County Amusement Park Injury Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have throughout the years represented many clients involved in serious theme park injuries, including traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.

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