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Amusement Park Accidents

When people think about the injuries that happen at theme and water parks throughout Florida, the images of roller coasters derailing, safety bars failing to engage, and other dramatic events likely spring to mind, but there are many more basic safety problems that exist at these locations. A guest at one of these parks is more likely to slip and fall on a wet bathroom floor or trip over a piece of landscaping that has made its way into the middle of a walkway than be injured in a sensational ride incident.

There are hundreds of amusement parks and attractions in the State of Florida, leading to injuries every day. The skilled Miami premises liability attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have more than 130 years of collective experience in getting the results that our clients deserve after someone else’s negligence led to a serious accident. If you were injured while enjoying an amusement park, regardless of the nature of the accident, we will do everything possible to get you the compensation that you need to recover from the harm that you suffered. We have successfully brought injury claims against the Dade County Youth Fair, Disney, Universal and many other parks and carnivals in Florida.

One of the big problems at an amusement park is the water rides, wading pools, lazy rivers, and other attractions involving water. Although there are potential dangers from the pools themselves, there is a big problem that results from the puddles of water that guests leave all around the attractions, including on surrounding decks, walkways, and restroom facilities. These wet areas are a real safety hazard. Although there are some falls where a child simply will suffer from a skinned knee and there are no further complications, if these wet areas are not handled properly, there can be dangerous falls leading to the following:

• Fractured or broken bones;
• Neck and back injuries;
• Traumatic brain injury (TBI);
• Dislocated joints;
• Serious strains and sprains;
• Deep cuts and lacerations; and
• Other injuries resulting from a slip and fall.

In addition to guests spreading water from the attractions themselves, there are many brief rain storms that temporarily interrupt the day’s festivities. When park patrons take shelter in the various retail shops and food venues during the storm, they bring with them the water from the passing storm, leading to dangerously slick floors. If there is no cleaning protocol in place, or the staff does not respond quickly, then other guests may take a devastating fall on the wet floor, which could have been prevented with a little planning.

Some of the common accidents that happen at a Florida amusement park include:

• Falls resulting from a loose or poorly constructed railing that fails to support the guest;
• Slips and falls on wet surfaces;
• Slip and falls or trip and falls resulting from an uneven surface, including one where tiles are missing, holes have developed, or there are other hazards that should have been discovered and corrected;
• Falls from tripping over debris that has accumulated in walkways and was not cleared by park staff in a timely manner;
• Improper landscaping that creates hazards that are in the normal path of park guests; and • Other obstacles or hazards that should have been discovered and fixed with a reasonable inspection and maintenance schedule.

It is important to consult an attorney before agreeing to a quick settlement with an amusement park. The management of these attractions are anxious to resolve matters quickly in order to keep the park out of the news, but they often will make a very low settlement offer, believing that the idea of fast money will convince a victim to settle without thinking about the long-term consequences of the injuries that he has suffered. Attorneys understand this and will make sure that the compensation takes into account the impact from the injury over the life of the victim.

Greenberg Stone and Urbano Advocates for Those Injured at an Amusement Park
When a fun day at the park turns into the emotional and physical trauma of dealing with a serious injury, it is important to get help as soon as possible. The knowledgeable and compassionate South Florida premises liability attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have the skill and dedication necessary to represent your interests. With more than thirty years spent fighting for our clients, our firm has been recognized for our excellence with an invitation to join the prestigious legal society Primerus. We also have received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. Further, the Miami Herald has voted us one of South Florida’s top-rated law firms. We are ready to put our experience to work for you. To schedule an appointment, call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website.

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