All premises that are open to the public must be safe for use and visitation at all times. Ensuring that a shop or restaurant is safe, for example, is a fairly straightforward process. However, on premises such as theme parks, there are thousands of potential hazards, and these must be identified and managed by staff. This management of safety is usually executed successfully. But when it is not, serious consequences can result.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a theme park in Florida, pain and suffering have likely been unfortunate consequences of the experience. In addition, if the injury took place while on a rollercoaster or other ride, it may have been traumatic. In many cases, victims of theme park injuries can make a premises liability claim by arguing that the premises owner was negligent. The following are some common examples of theme park injuries that occur as a result of negligence in the upkeep of these sites designed for fun.
Head, neck and back injuries
The most common types of injuries that occur at theme parks are those that affect the head, neck and back. The high speeds of rollercoasters in combination with sudden halts can result in whiplash and head injuries, in much the same way as a car accident can. Rollercoasters should not make sudden halts that cause a danger to passengers, and safety brackets should be appropriately fitted so that the back is held firmly in place.
Trips and falls
Theme parks can be very busy, and trash can quickly build up on walkways. Theme park staff must ensure that there are no hazards that could lead to trips and falls in any public area of the theme park.
Rides at theme parks should be exhilarating, exciting and memorable. But when something unexpected happens and a person becomes physically injured, a fun vacation can become a nightmare for all involved. If you can show that a person’s mental health suffered as a result of negligence, you may be able to make a successful premises liability claim.
Take the steps to make a full recovery before filing a premises liability claim, because the process may require significant time and energy.