Last Update: 04/18/17
Florida is a fun place to be — those that live here know it, and people coming here for family vacations or winter living (snowbirds) know it, too. We have sun and sand and friendly people. And, we also have a whole lot of fun parks here, Theme Parks and Amusement Parks.
Consider this partial list:
- Busch Gardens (Tampa);
- Daytona Beach Boardwalk;
- Miracle Strip at Pier Park;
- SeaWorld (Orlando);
- Jungle Island (Miami);
- Miami Seaquarium (Miami);
- Universal Studios (Orlando);
- Islands of Adventure (Orlando);
- Gatorland (Orlando); and
- Adventure Island (Tampa).
The internationally famous Walt Disney World in Orlando is made up of many different theme parks, including:
- Magic Kingdom
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
- Disney’s Blizzard Beach
- Downtown Disney
- ESPN Wide World of Sports
- Disney’s BoardWalk
Theme Park Injuries and Amusement Park Accidents Usually Involve a Slip and Fall
In all of these places throughout the State of Florida, people come to have a good time — and these businesses invite them to come for a fun experience as part of their for-profit operations. Accordingly, Florida law places upon these businesses a duty to protect and keep safe those that have been invited to come and spend their time and money at their business establishment.
The definition of that duty depends upon the operations on the premises. Alligator gardens need to be safe from wet sidewalks and, of course, from any contact between man and beast. Water parks have a duty to monitor water on sidewalks, trolley tacks, and all sorts of places where slippery surfaces could cause harm.
Refreshment stands and restaurants at all of these places must protect their customers from fallen food items or other messes that might cause a patron to slip and fall and hurt themselves. Bars, the same safety measures should be in place.
Public restrooms must be kept clean and safe, too. Floors near toilets and sinks are notorious for causing a slip and fall accident where someone is hurt as they slip and fall on hard tile, linoleum, or concrete bathroom floors.
Slip and Fall Injuries Can Be Serious
Most slip and fall injuries are minor: a child slips near the water slide and suffers a bloodied knee or a stubbed toe, for example. However, theme park slip and falls can result in serious and severe injuries for amusement park visitors, including spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries where there may be lifelong complications.
It’s been reported that 50% of the injuries that happen at Florida theme parks are caused by slip and fall accidents. Therefore, slip and fall injury victims from an accident at Disney or another Florida theme park need to be aware that these amusement park businesses are prepared for slip and fall claims and ready to deal with defending themselves against a request for compensation (including pain and suffering and lost wages).
Florida Slip and Fall Law for People Hurt in a Theme Park Slip and Fall
Plaintiffs have legal remedies against a Florida theme park or Florida amusement park for an injury under the same Florida Statutes and case law that applies to slip and fall injuries at grocery stores, supermarkets, restaurants, hotels, and resorts. Florida premises liability law protects people who have been hurt in a slip and fall accident at a Florida theme park – whether they were hurt on a ride, in a restaurant, near the water slide, or in the restrooms.
Slip and fall at a Florida theme park and you may well have a viable claim against the amusement company or theme park corporation for damages. Will they settle? Maybe. The Orlando Sentinel’s investigation into these slip and fall theme park cases found that there were lots of confidential settlement agreements entered into based upon slip and fall claims.
Will they deny responsibility? Maybe. The same investigation also revealed that the defense lawyers for these theme parks and amusement parks are willing to fight hard against a plaintiff’s claims.
Bottom line, if you or a loved one has been hurt at a Florida theme park or Florida amusement park, then you may have a valid claim for damages that includes medical expenses, lost wages, and more — but you may need the help of an experienced Florida personal injury slip and fall lawyer to get your legitimate slip and fall claim respected and paid.
What Should You Do?
A good piece of advice if you have been harmed in a slip and fall, is to at least speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer before you file a claim to learn about some of the issues that can arise with these claims, including the type of evidence needed to prove a claim and the type and amount of damages you can recover. Most personal injury lawyers, like Alan Sackrin, will offer a free initial consultation (over the phone or in person) to answer your questions.
- Slip/Trip and Falls in Florida
- What Type of Proof Do You Need for Your Florida Slip and Fall Claim?
- How to Prove a Slip and Fall Claim at a Theme Park Like Disney World
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