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Nearly two dozen visitors to Six Flags America in Bowie, Maryland, were stuck on a roller coaster when it stalled Thursday.

A spokesman for Prince George’s County Fire Department said firefighters rescued all riders on board the Joker’s Jinx coaster four hours after crews arrived to rescue them.

Six Flags issued a statement about the incident:

Joker’s Jinx did not complete its regular ride cycle causing it to stop at a safe location on the track. The Prince George’s County Fire Department is onsite to assist in getting the riders safely off the ride. The safety of our guests is our highest priority and the ride will be closed for a thorough inspection before re-opening.

The ride has had this problem before when it became stuck in 2014. The rescue took hours.

Roller coasters, while thrilling, are the most dangerous rides at amusement and theme parks. Each year, roller coaster and theme park injuries account for 9,000 emergency room visits.

If an amusement park’s negligence results in an accident, whether it be a roller coaster stalling or a slip and fall accident, injury victims may be entitled to financial compensation from the amusement park owners for their suffering.

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Police have reported that a teenage girl riding a Universal Orlando amusement park ride suffered burns after an electronic cigarette belonging to another rider exploded and shot a fireball at her.

Police believe that the 14-year-old girl from Tennessee was riding the Hogwarts Express train Saturday with her family when an e-cigarette belonging to a rider in another group blew up in his pocket and the fireball hit her in the face and elsewhere.

The explosion wasn’t big, but scared everyone on the train, according to reports.

The girl was taken to the hospital with mild to moderate burns to her face, arm and leg. The man suffered minor injuries.

An e-cigarette, also known as a vape, is an electronic nicotine delivery system that produces a heated vapor that resembles smoke. They have been for sale in the United States since 2007. E-cigarettes are now used by more than 2.5 million people in the U.S.

If you were burned by an exploding e-cigarette or vape, you could have a legitimate claim against the manufacturers of the vape device and battery, and perhaps other parties. What this means is that you could file a personal injury claim for monetary damages for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Disfigurement
  • Emotional & mental anguish

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A boy has fallen from a classic wooden roller coaster at a western Pennsylvania amusement park.

A spokesman for Idlewild and SoakZone amusement park says the child fell from the ride Thursday afternoon.

A Westmoreland County emergency dispatcher says the child was conscious and airlifted to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, about 50 miles west.

A park spokesman said he doesn’t know the boy’s condition or where he was on the ride when he fell. It is unknown whether the ride malfunctioned or if horseplay was involved.

The Roller Coaster opened in 1938 and takes riders up, down and around a wooded hillside. It doesn’t require seat belts, and children under 4 feet tall must be accompanied by an adult.

The accident comes four days after a 10-year-old boy was decapitated as he rode a water slide at a Kansas water park.

Roller coasters are enjoyed by children, adults and all thrill seekers, but what you may not know is that coasters are the most dangerous rides at an amusement or theme park. In recent years, more than 10,000 people have been treated in emergency rooms throughout the United States due to amusement park and roller coaster injuries. If a roller coaster accident, like a fall from the ride, was caused by negligence, an injury victim may be entitled to compensation from the owners of the park.

Roller coasters have various speeds, height, intensity, size, G-force, etc. Children are the most susceptible to injuries from a roller coaster mostly because of the amount of G-forces a body can tolerate at high speeds. All bodies react differently from intense G-forces, so where one person may walk away unscathed, another person could suffer back injuries, neck injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, blood clots and wrongful death. Roller coaster seat belt systems can also cause injuries to riders depending on the differences in height, weight and size. Another issue, as this case highlights, is the risk of falling out of coasters from extreme heights.

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A 10-year-old boy was decapitated as he rode a 168-foot tall waterslide at a waterpark in Kansas Sunday.

The boy was decapitated on the “Verruckt” raft ride at the Schlitterbahn WaterPark in Kansas City, Kansas.

The boy was in a raft with two women who were not related to him when he was killed. The women were treated for facial injuries.

The Guinness World Records has certified the ride as the tallest in the world.

At least two people who recently rode on “Verruckt” — German for “insane” — have said the nylon shoulder straps came loose during the ride. It is not clear at this time if the straps played any role in the boy’s death.

The park said Tuesday that “Verruckt” will be closed for the rest of the season.

“Verruckt” riders sit in multi-person rafts that begin with a steep drop, followed by a surge up a second hill before a 50-foot descent to a finishing pool. Each “Verruckt” rider must be at least 54 inches tall, and the combined body weight of the riders on each raft is limited to 400 to 550 pounds.

Riders are harnessed in with two nylon seatbelt-like straps — one that crosses the rider’s lap, the other stretching diagonally like a car shoulder seat belt. Each strap is held in place by long Velcro-style straps. Riders also hang on to ropes inside the raft.

Schlitterbahn in Kansas City has been sued for negligence at least three times, all in 2014, although none of those legal actions involved the waterslide.

Water parks, for the most part, provide fun and entertainment to thousands of people a day. However, they are sometimes the scene of serious accidents, like slip, trip and falls and drownings. As this case shows, people can be injured or tragically killed at water parks.

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A 2-year-old boy was snatched off the beach by an alligator on Wednesday at a Disney World Resort.

His body was recovered around 3:30 today. The body was taken to Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office. It is believed that the gator drowned the boy.

The 7- to 8-foot reptile grabbed the boy late Tuesday as he was playing in about a foot of water at the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Hotel. His father, who quickly rushed to the boy’s aid, could not fend off the alligator and received minor injuries to his hand.

The boy’s mother also rushed into the water, but when the couple was unable to save their son, they alerted a nearby lifeguard who called 911.

Some 50 wildlife specialists, including trained alligator trappers, shifted early Wednesday from a search and rescue effort to a recovery operation, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

A tragedy like this is not something we read about often in the news, but sadly, things like this can happen in Florida.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission numbers, as of April there has been just one other incident where a person was bitten by an alligator in Florida in 2016. There were nine 2015, one of which was fatal, and 10 in 2014, none of which were fatal. Since 2006, there have been five reported fatalities due to alligator attacks, and since 1948, when the agency began keeping track, there have been 23.

Any body of water of any size in Florida can potentially have alligators in them. Most hotels and resorts near bodies of water are pretty vigilant about relocating dangerous animals out of areas where the public would be nearby. In Florida, you have to be very careful as alligators can be anywhere, including golf courses and even backyards.

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Sheikra is back open at Busch Gardens in Tampa after the roller coaster stopped Thursday with 64 passengers on board.

The roller coaster reopened to riders at the amusement park Monday morning, park officials announced.

Just before 6 p.m. Thursday, the ride stopped, stranding 64 riders 200 feet up in the air. Riders were evacuated after the roller coaster stopped suddenly with a car stuck on a steep incline.

The roller coaster was stopped in two places — one just before the 90 degree drop and the other on the climb to the top.

Park officials said right before the coaster cars that got stuck left the boarding area, the ride was determined to be safe. However, something caused the cars to stop at the top of the ride.

Crews have been inspecting the ride and performing checks since the ride stalled.

The park released a statement about the coaster on Monday:

“Out of an abundance of caution, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay conducted additional testing on its Sheikra roller coaster to confirm the ride is operating as designed,” the statement read. “The testing is now complete, and Sheikra is operational and will be open for guests today, May 16. Busch Gardens is pleased that our safety systems performed as designed and that all guests were able to safely disembark from the ride. The safety of guests and team members is Busch Gardens’ number one priority and our employees train regularly for conditions just like this. All ride attractions are inspected daily by trained technicians to ensure they are operating properly. Ride safety systems are designed that when a shutdown does occur, it is an indication that these systems are working.”

Amusements parks can be pretty dangerous when you think about it. Even when rides are working properly there is always some type of risk to riders. However, when a ride malfunctions, the chances of something bad happening drastically increases. While Busch Gardens has a pretty decent track record when it comes to safety, just one error can place innocent lives in jeopardy.

The good news is that no one was harmed in this incident at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. This is not always the case when a roller coaster mishap occurs. If anyone was seriously harmed or killed, depending on the situation, Busch Gardens could have been liable for the accident.

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A 3-year-old boy drowned Tuesday night at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, according to deputies.

The call came in around 8 p.m. to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies claim the boy got separated from his parents and drowned in the pool. He was transported to Celebration Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The family was visiting from New York.

6989405560_761828d79f_zFlorida, especially the Orlando and central Florida area, is home to a great number of water parks. Children of all ages love water parks, and they are an ideal destination for many families who enjoy the wave pools, slides and fun. However, if waterparks are not properly operated or staffed, they can be quite dangerous, especially for young or inexperienced swimmers. Children can easily get trapped by drains that are missing their covers or they can hit their heads while on a slide other ride and become incapacitated in the water.

Waterpark operators have a legal responsibility to take adequate steps to ensure the water park is free from any hazards. This may include making sure the rides are built, maintained and inspected properly. Additionally, this also includes ensuring that drains are working properly and safety equipment is in working condition. Water parks must also ensure they are staffed accordingly. They must have enough lifeguards, and these lifeguards must be properly trained to perform their duties.

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Orlando Eye officials have confirmed that the ride was officially re-opened, almost 24 hours after it was shut down.

Officials said that after conducting a thorough inspection, technicians were able to resolve the default that monitors the wheel’s position.

According to reports, some passengers were stuck on board the Orlando Eye for nearly two hours on Friday. The ride stopped and guests were stranded on the large observation wheel around 3:45 p.m.

“The operating systems for the Orlando Eye indicated a technical default with the system that monitors the wheel position of the Orlando Eye,” said a spokesperson for the attraction on International Drive. “As a safety precaution, the attraction is designed to automatically shut down if communication with this system is interrupted.”

People remained in the capsules while engineers and technicians worked to fix the issue. No injuries have been reported.

One of the Orlando Eye passengers told FOX 35 that she had been stuck for 90 minutes before fire trucks began to assemble below. She stated that the enclosed capsule had no fresh air being pumped through it at the time.

“Immediately following the default, the operations team began working to resolve the matter to allow guests to disembark the attraction,” according to a spokesperson for the Orlando Eye. “A backup system was employed that allowed capsules to be moved to the platform and opened manually.”

Reports indicate that operators of the Orlando Eye maintained constant communication with passengers during the event. As of now, operations have been fully restored.

Millions of visitors come to the Orlando area every year, and Orlando-area rides and amusement parks are a big reason why people choose this area as their vacation spot. The theme park business is highly competitive, and theme parks are always looking for the fastest, scariest rides that provide the greatest thrills to guests. The sad truth is that some of these rides that are designed to appear dangerous actually are. Due to negligent design, poor maintenance and other factors, many people can suffer serious harm on these rides.

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During the first three months of 2015, three people felt seriously ill after riding Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey at Universal Orlando.

According to a quarterly theme-park injury report submitted to the state of Florida, Walt Disney World reported six injuries and Universal reported seven.

There were no reported injuries at SeaWorld, Wet `n Wild and Legoland.

According to reports, the injuries on the Harry Potter ride include a 69-year-old man who felt chest discomfort, a 51-year-old man with a pre-existing condition had difficulty moving his extremities and a 76-year-old woman experienced “altered mental status.”

5013544965_760d5b11cf_zThe parks report injuries that take place on a ride and result in an immediate hospital stay of more than 24 hours.

At Disney’s Magic Kingdom, a 64-year-old man hurt his ankle while stepping out of a car at the Indy Speedway. At the Animal Kingdom, two people reportedly felt ill after riding Expedition Everest.

Theme park accidents actually occur more often than the public might think. The major Florida theme parks include Universal Orlando, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Wet ‘n Wild Orlando, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld Orlando, Disney’s Blizzard Beach, LEGOLAND Florida, DisneyQuest, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Universal Studios Florida, Discovery Cove and many more.

Most people tend to think that roller coasters are the most dangerous areas of a theme park. While in some cases these rides do present serious risks, injuries at an amusement park can also frequently result from:

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Two Disney World visitors died late last year after riding two of the resort’s tamer rides, according to a state report issued Wednesday.

In one of the incidents, a 22-year-old woman with a pre-existing condition, lost consciousness after riding It’s A Small World on Christmas Day. She then passed away. The state report did not include the date of her death.

In the second incident, a 54-year-old woman lost consciousness after riding Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in October.

Both of the rides are kid-friendly attractions that are described as moving at slow speeds.

Florida’s Bureau of Fair Rides releases reports of injuries associated with rides at major theme parks every quarter. This voluntary report includes injuries that occur on a ride and result in an immediate hospital stay of more than 24 hours, and are part of an agreement the parks have struck with the state. Because of this agreement, these parks are exempt from public regulation.

5775736087_fc1725bd92_zThe last time there were two deaths in one quarter was in early 2007, when a 60-year-old man had a stroke after riding Soarin’ and a 52-year-old man collapsed at the Downhill Double Dipper at Blizzard Beach.

The last ride-related death at Orlando’s major theme parks happened at Typhoon Lagoon’s Surf Pool in August 2012. A 54-year-old man collapsed in the water and died of a heart attack.

Disney reported nine other incidents.

A 64-year-old woman fell and fractured her leg while stepping off the Prince Charming Regal Carousel at the Magic Kingdom. A 63-year-old woman with pre-existing health conditions had a headache and lost consciousness after riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. She then underwent surgery for an aneurysm. At the Mad Tea Party, a 49-year-old man tripped while exiting the ride and fractured his shoulder. After leaving Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a 54-year-old man with a pre-existing condition felt ill, and a 72-year-old male felt nauseated and lethargic after riding Space Mountain.

At Epcot, a 74-year-old woman fractured her shoulder after tripping over another guest’s bag on Soarin’.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Rock N Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, a 51-year-old woman suffered from memory loss and dizziness after riding the ride and later lost consciousness, while a 55-year-old woman had motion sickness resulting in nausea.

At Animal Kingdom, a guest with a pre-existing condition had a seizure on Kali River Rapids.

Universal Orlando reported five incidents. A 22-year-old man with a pre-existing condition felt sick after riding Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. A 36-year-old woman experienced neck pain on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. A 49-year-old woman with a pre-existing condition had a seizure on Dudley Do Right’s Ripsaw Falls. An 82-year-old woman experienced shoulder pain on Poseidon’s Fury. A 45-year-old man had a “change in mental status” on the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.

SeaWorld reported two incidents on the ride Journey to Atlantis. A 70-year-old woman suffered a collapsed lung and a 43-year-old man had a “personal medical condition.” No further details were provided in the report.

Amusement park accidents can occur at various different amusement parks. As this report shows, this can include large-scale parks like Disney World, Six Flags or water parks, or even involve smaller venues like carnivals and state fairs. Technically, even something as small as a school fair or carnival could be viewed as an amusement park if an accident were to occur. Accidents can involve visitors to the venue as well as staff members.

While most people enjoy visiting amusement parks, accidents that happen on these sites can be very serious and result in permanent injury or even death. Anyone involved in an accident at a theme park can potentially file a claim. Wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against many amusement parks when a tragedy occurs resulting in death. Personal injury lawsuits can also be filed when injuries occur at an amusement park, such as neck and back injuries, heart attacks, broken bones, internal injuries, loss of limb and disfigurement.

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