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Millions of people visit Disney World, Universal and Legoland safely every year, but every now and then serious injuries occur. Some of the most common injuries are slips, trips, or falls. In other cases, serious injuries occur on park rides, roller coasters, or attractions, causing permanent disability or wrongful death.

Disney World, Universal and Legoland Accidents and Injuries

A serious injury at Disney World, Universal or Legoland can ruin what was supposed to be a magical vacation. While accidents are going to happen, the park is not always to blame. But sometimes, severe injuries occur and it is the park’s  fault for not protecting their guests safety. This is called negligence, and proving negligence is a critical factor in winning personal injury lawsuits. Because of this, it is essential to hire an experienced personal injury attorney who can prove that the theme or amusement park is at fault for your injury.

If you have a personal injury lawsuit for a Disney World, Universal or Legoland injury, you could be entitled to significant financial compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and more. Our Florida Amusement Park Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can help you recover full and fair compensation for your suffering.

Disney World, Universal and Legoland Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common Disney World injuries. How can a slip, trip, or fall injury occur at Disney World, Universal and Legoland? There are many scenarios that can play out and cause these injuries. A fountain may have sprayed water onto a slippery surface causing a small child to sip and fall. Maybe a drink spilled at a restaurant area and employees neglected to clean it up in a timely manner, creating a hazard. Falls can happen on ramps or stairs that lack handrails or in the slippery boarding areas for water rides. The list of potential dangers goes on and on.

A serious slip, trip, or fall can result in the following injuries:

  • Broken bones
  • Sprains and strains
  • Cuts, scrapes, and lacerations
  • Severe bruising
  • Head, neck, spinal, or back injuries
  • Wrist or ankle injuries
  • Concussion
  • Seizure
  • Disability
  • Wrongful death

Ride Injuries at Disney World, Universal and Legoland

Some of the most serious and deadly accident injuries take place on Disney World, Universal and Legoland rides, roller coasters, and other attractions within the park. These injuries can happen when rides have design flaws, they malfunction due to poor maintenance, or because employees fail to follow proper safety procedures. An amusement park injury on a ride could lead to severe injury, permanent disability, or death.

What constitutes negligence at a theme park?

  • Rides that are not maintained or inspected properly that lead to breakdowns, causing injuries to passengers
  • Ride operators who do not make sure all riders are secured safely in their seats, leading to injuries
  • Being hit by a tram, bus, or other moving vehicle within the park by a driver who failed to pay attention to surroundings
  • A Disney World, Universal or Legoland employee who was not trained properly, and injures themself or other park visitors

Reporting an Injury Claim

If you are injured at Disney World, Universal or Legoland, you should immediately report the injury to a park employee as soon as possible. While this is not necessarily required to make a claim, an incident report will confirm that you were injured on Disney’s property. This could definitely be reliable evidence for your injury claim.

Seek Medical Attention

Disney World, Universal and Legoland has medical centers where staff can tend to any injuries. They can also call an ambulance in the event of a more serious injury. Making sure your injuries are documented is critical to obtaining financial compensation from Disney, Universal or Legoland.

Watch What You Say

When you make an injury claim with Disney, Universal or Legoland, their representatives may try to get you to give a formal recorded statement. During these statements, they will ask you about the incident and your injuries. Remember, these reps will use anything you say against you in the event your case does not settle. They will be looking for ways to hold you responsible for your injuries and keep the blame off of them. It is best to have an attorney help you with your case before you provide a statement of any kind. Our Florida Amusement Park Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can make sure you don’t say anything that can be misconstrued and make you look to be at-fault.  

Don’t Negotiate By Yourself

Disney, Universal and Legoland adjusters negotiate for a living. Do not expect to go head to head with them and win, as you are not an adjuster. They know exactly what questions to ask to minimize your settlement amount, or how to talk you into agreeing to a lowball settlement when your case is worth far more.

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A log ride at a California amusement park malfunctioned and flipped over on May 25, leaving a woman critically injured and her husband and child also harmed.

The incident occurred at Castle Park in Riverside on the Log Ride, which, according to the park’s website, features a 48-foot drop.

Riverside Fire Department officials said they were called to the park at 4:37 p.m. and that the three members of one family were tossed into the water after something went haywire with the log they were riding in and overturned.

According to witnesses at the scene, a 10-year-old boy injured in the incident appeared to suffer a cut to his ear and head injuries, while his father suffered scrapes to his arm and back.

Fire department officials said a mechanical problem with a ride’s water pump apparently caused the accident.

An investigation is underway by the California Department of Health and Safety to determine the exact cause of the malfunction.

The Log Ride was immediately shut down. A spokeswoman for the Castle Park did say that the ride had been inspected earlier Saturday and nothing was found wrong.

Most amusement parks have their own water parks or pools for patrons, or at least some type of water ride. These wet zones are very popular in Florida, where it is pretty warm year round. While these water attractions are a great way to “beat the heat,” a ride down the water slide or a dip in the wave pool can lead to serious accidents and injuries. If an amusement or theme park is negligent when it comes to cleaning, inspecting, maintaining, or supervising water rides and the people using them, and someone is injured or killed as a result, then the park can be held financially responsible for the damages incurred by all victims involved.

When you choose to visit an amusement park or water park, you expect that park owners, operators, maintenance workers, and other employees will do everything they can, within reason, to ensure all guests remain safe. And while most visits will be free of incident, the reality is that many theme park and water parks have been the sites of accidents in the past.

If your injury, or a loved one’s death, was caused by another person’s negligence, the most common theory under which a case of this type is usually brought is called premises liability. Under Florida law, there are three types of people that may enter someone else’s property: invitees, licensees, and trespassers. Invitees are those who come for business reasons, licensees are there for their own business, and trespassers are on the property without permission. Florida law clearly states that each type of visitor is owed a different duty of care from the owner or operator. A guest at a theme park or water park would be classified as an invitee of the business, and they are owed the highest duty of care.

A property owner has a duty to make sure their invitees are safe on their land, which means making at least a reasonable effort to warn them of any conditions or hazards that could pose a threat to their well being. Failing to make reasonably safe accommodations to invitees can give rise to a premises liability case when the victim(s) can show that a dangerous hazard was not warned for sufficiently.

Anyone can easily become a victim when a water park or amusement park fails to take reasonable safety precautions. Injuries that can be caused by water ride accidents include:

  • Back Injuries
  • Bone Fractures
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Facial Injuries
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Internal Injuries
  • Neck Injuries
  • Organ Damage
  • Paralysis
  • Severe Blood Loss
  • Severed Limbs
  • Spinal Cord Injuries

Certain injuries sustained may never fully heal, and can completely alter the course of a person’s life forever. These injuries can lead to a loss of physical capabilities, cause ongoing emotional distress and mental anguish, and require costly medical treatment. Some injuries may require around the clock care or permanent supervision.

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An Epcot patron is suing Walt Disney, alleging negligence caused a ride to malfunction and cause injuries.

The complaint was filed Feb. 1 in Orange County Circuit Court against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Inc., alleging failure to design, construct and operate Epcot’s Fast Track ride in a safe manner.

According to the complaint, on Feb. 16, 2015, the visitor was at Epcot’s MGM Studios when the ride malfunctioned, causing him to be thrown about the Fast Track car. The suit says the man sustained bodily injuries, resulting in pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, loss of the capacity for the enjoyment of life, medical treatment and loss of earnings.

The man alleges Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. failed to provide sufficient restraints to ensure that persons would remain firmly seated on the ride and failed to ensure that guests were properly seated and restrained prior to the ride operation.

Amusement parks like Epcot, Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, etc. are held to a higher standard of safety of care knows as common carrier, a term that also applies to entities that operate airplanes, buses and trains. Theme parks are required to follow more thorough procedures to ensure rider safety.

When an injury occurs at an amusement park, negligence on the part of the staff is usually a key issue. Some of these issues may include:

  • Improper ride design or construction
  • Improper replacement parts
  • Botched inspection procedures
  • Careless or reckless ride operators failing to follow procedure

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A 44-year-old man was injured Saturday on a raft ride at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the water park at about 1 p.m. The man was riding Miss Adventure Falls when his arm became stuck between the ride’s conveyor belt.

Disney cast members attempted to free the man’s arm before deputies arrived. The Reedy Creek Fire Rescue responded to the water park and were able to free the man’s arm.

The man was flown to Osceola Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The attraction is currently closed while Disney reviews the incident.

Miss Adventure Falls debuted at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon in 2017.

In 2017, the latest year for statistics on Disney parks, 2.163 million people visited Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. That breaks down to 5,926 visitors a day.

The rides and activities at most water parks have the potential to cause very serious injury if things go wrong. Because of this, operators must exercise reasonable care to ensure the safety of their rides and their riders.

While it is very important to document an injury and report it to park officials, obtaining legal representation swiftly following the accident is essential in prevailing in a lawsuit against a water park. You may be entitled to recover for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, wrongful death, or other losses.

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A Pasco County mom had a big fright last weekend when her son almost flew off a ride at The Arnold Midway set up in the Wiregrass mall parking lot.

Her son was on the Orbiter when she noticed something was not right. She noticed her child slipping and about to fly out of the ride. She ran over to the operator who stopped the ride before the child was harmed.

The ride remained open after he got off. A sticker on the side shows it passed it’s October 24 inspection by the Department of Agriculture aside from placing cart #10 out of service because of a cracked lap bar.

There have been reports in the past on people flying off of this specific ride.

If you suspect an issue with a fair ride, you can report it to the Department of Agriculture at 1-800-HELP-FLA or FloridaConsumerHelp.com.

Carnival and amusement park rides can and do happen. The Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows the following stats:

  • In 2004, carnival rides sent 2,500 people to hospital emergency rooms.
  • In 2006 approximately 8,800 people were injured on amusement park rides.
  • From 1987 to 2000, 51 people were killed on amusement park rides. Roller coasters accounted for 16 deaths and whirling rides accounted for 11 deaths.
  • Children represent about one half of those injured by amusement park rides.
  • Kids between 10 and 14 years old sustain the most injuries of any age group.
  • Children are victims in 75% of accidents involving rider falls or forceful ejection from the ride.

Amusement parks and carnivals can be so much fun for young children. Families flock to these amusement parks for adventure, excitement and fun. However, not all rides are truly safe and not all ride operators are trained properly or paying careful attention. Amusement park ride safety is especially important for children, who represent half of those injured or killed in amusement park ride accidents.

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A season pass holder is suing a Walt Disney water taxi operator, alleging negligence led to injuries.

The woman filed a complaint Sept. 6 in Orange County Circuit Court against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Inc., alleging a water taxi operator failed to exercise the highest degree of care in order to prevent injuries to its passengers.

According to the complaint, on May 21, 2017, the woman was a guest at Walt Disney World Theme Park. A guest operating an electric scooter negligently attempted to park in the back of a water taxi as instructed by employees and struck the woman in the leg.

She said she sustained bodily injury, resulting in pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, the expenses of hospitalization, medical and nursing care and treatment, plus the loss of earnings. Her suit alleges Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S.’s employees negligently maintained or controlled the boarding procedure of the electric scooter.

Accidents resulting in injury can be frightening and overwhelming experiences. If you or a family member has suffered an injury or been harmed due to someone else’s negligence at a theme park like Walt Disney World, consulting with a Florida Theme Park Injury Attorney at Whittel & Melton should be one of your top priorities.

The goal of your personal injury claim is to recover a large enough financial award to cover all of your losses and offset the economic impact of the accident. We will fight to recover full compensation for your present and future medical expenses, lost income, and even damages for your pain and suffering.

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An investigation from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services found that the derailment of a Daytona Beach roller coaster in June that injured six people was caused by excessive speed and operator error.

The investigation said operator error was the reason the Sand Blaster Roller Coaster derailed June 14, causing a cart full of people to dangle above the ground. Of the 10 people on the ride, six had to be hospitalized.

During a post-accident inspection, engineers found evidence of previous derailments on the nearly 40-year-old coaster, including one that appeared to have taken place after it was refurbished in 2013, officials said in a preliminary report.

Had that derailment been addressed before the June accident, investigators said, the crash likely wouldn’t have happened. No other derailments had been reported to state officials before the June incident.

The coaster, which is on Ocean Avenue near the Daytona Beach Pier, has been out of operation since the accident and will remain out of operation indefinitely, officials said.

Roller coaster accidents can result in minor to severe injuries, and in some cases, death. Victims of roller coaster injuries in Daytona Beach and elsewhere throughout the state of Florida can rely on the experienced Roller Coaster Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton to provide legal representation in seeking compensation for their losses. We know how devastating these accidents can be, which is why we will fight for maximum compensation for roller coaster injuries.

Ride operators are hired to run roller coasters safely. These individuals are responsible for ensuring that each passenger is seated and secured properly in the ride, and that the ride starts and stops as it is intended. Even the slightest error on the operator’s part can lead to a serious roller coaster accident.

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A three-year-old girl died on July 1 in a bouncy castle incident in Norfolk, U.K.
She was bouncing on the inflatable equipment — a bouncy castle with a trampoline — when the trampoline exploded launching her “30 feet” in the air and causing her to land on the sand.

This tragedy comes just two months after two fairground workers were found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence for failing to properly secure a bouncy castle in Norwich, which killed a seven-year-old child.

 

According to the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRPP), there has been a vast increase in bounce house-related injuries in the last 20 years. Between 1990 and 2010, over 30 percent required medical follow up after initial treatment in the emergency department. The most common injuries were fractures and sprains.

In the U.S., the American Academy of Pediatrics reported that more than 64,000 children were treated in U.S. emergency departments for inflatable bounce house-related injuries between the years 1990 and 2010. From 2008 – 2010, the number of injuries more than doubled to an average of 31 injured children per day. More than a third of the children injured were under the age of six.

Our Florida Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton want your kids to remain safe at birthday parties, fairs, carnivals, festivals and all other celebrations. The following safety measures should be taken into consideration when your child is playing inflatable structures:

  • Always supervise children in a bounce house. ALWAYS!
  • Remove shoes, jewelry, and any hard or sharp objects from children’s pockets.
    Group children together according to size to help reduce risk of injury from collision.
    Do not allow children to perform stunts like flips or somersaults.
    Make sure children stay away from the exit points when bouncing inside.
  • If the bounce house starts to deflate, exit promptly.
  • If there are high winds, do not use the bounce house.

Bounce houses and other inflatables fall under premises liability, a legal concept that applies to situations where there is an unsafe or defective object on someone’s property. In order to establish liability in a bounce house injury, you must prove that the property owner was negligent and failed to provide reasonable care.

The main defense against bounce house claims is that they come with an assumption of risk. This basically means that while you may know that bounce houses are potentially dangerous, you still allowed your child to play in one anyway.

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The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has opened an investigation into why a roller coaster derailed at an amusement park Thursday night in Daytona Beach.

The accident on the Sand Blaster ride at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk sent two riders plunging 34 feet to the ground and left two others dangling in one of the ride’s cars, according to the Daytona Beach Fire Department.

Four riders, all of whom were on the same car, and two others were rushed to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. A hospital official said information about their condition might be released sometime Friday.

Later Friday, the hospital said it “received nine patients.”

The Sand Blaster has been operating at Daytona Beach since 2013 after the 40-year-old ride was bought from a closed amusement park in Delaware a year earlier.

Thrill seekers and adventurists flock to roller coasters for an adrenaline rush. However, a roller coaster is one of the most dangerous rides at amusement parks. Each year there are an estimated 9,000 emergency room visits that stem from amusement park and roller coaster injuries.

While amusement park rides undergo extensive testing and regular inspections to ensure that they are safe, accidents can still happen, and when they do they can result in serious personal injury or wrongful death.

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A tourist is suing Sea World, claiming their negligence led to injuries.

The woman filed a complaint April 18 in Orange County Circuit Court against Sea World of Florida LLC, doing business as Sea World, and Sea World LLC, alleging the company failed to reduce, minimize or eliminate foreseeable risks before they manifested themselves as dangerous conditions on the premises.

According to the complaint, on May 17, 2014, the woman was legally on the Sea World premises in Orlando as a customer when she slipped, tripped and fell on poorly maintained flooring.

As a result, the woman says she sustained bodily injury resulting in pain and suffering, permanent aggravation of a pre-existing condition, plus the expenses of hospitalization, and medical and nursing care and treatment.

She also accused Sea World of failing to warn anyone of the dangerous condition as well as failing to properly provide training to its employees regarding the proper maintenance and inspection of floors, so as to prevent a danger to a guest.

Large amusement parks like Sea World are no stranger to personal injury lawsuits. In fact, many have involved slip and falls, trip and falls and other premises liability issues. Filing a lawsuit against an amusement park is similar to filing suit against any other party: an injury occurs, a suit is filed, an investigation into the claims is conducted and a trial is held if no settlement can be reached.

Big companies like Sea World have a legal duty to keep their premises safe and free from foreseeable accidents. This includes a constant safety sweep of the grounds as well as proper training, screening and supervision of staff. When amusement parks fall short of this responsibility, they may be held liable for their negligence by victims through personal injury lawsuits. Victims may be able to recover for their medical bills, hospital expenses, lost wages from missing work, physical pain and suffering, and mental anguish.

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