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What Ocala, FL Residents Need to Know About Theme Park Liability

On Behalf of | Dec 3, 2018 | Personal Injury Law |


It is no secret that Florida is the theme park capital of the world. Not only is Orlando the number one destination, but it is also home to several individual attractions that make USA Today’s Top 10 List. With Ocala being so close, many residents even have yearly passes to hit Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, waterparks, and others. However, even though these theme parks are massive in size, revenue, and popularity, they still owe the same duty of care that other property owners do under Florida personal injury law. If you or a loved one was hurt at a theme park, here are some details you need to know.

Common Types of Accidents at Theme Parks

 The attractions around Florida are known for their rides, from the relatively mild experiences enjoyed by younger children up to the thrilling roller coasters for older individuals. There are many types of issues that can arise with these rides and other theme park attractions, including:

  • Design Defects: Some rides are not designed in accordance with safety rules and regulations, making them a danger to all who get on board. Theme parks may continue to operate these rides, even after an accident. There may even be liability for the manufacturer that developed the ride.
  • Mechanical Failures: Rides are machines that must be properly maintained, inspected, and repaired. When a park and/or operator fails to address mechanical issues, serious accidents can happen.
  • Insufficient Personnel: Large rides, especially roller coasters, require multiple employees to safely operate them. These individuals should be checking for safety harnesses, assisting guests in getting on and off, and other tasks. If a park does not have proper staffing in place to ensure safety, people can get hurt.
  • Posting Warnings About Safety: Not all rides are safe for everyone, even if the attraction itself is in proper working order. Pregnant women, guests with heart disease or other serious medical conditions should not be riding them. Theme parks are responsible for posting appropriate warnings to guests who are vulnerable.

 Product Liability and Premises Liability in Amusement Park Accidents

Based upon the most common types of accidents, there are two general theories of liability that may allow an injured victim to recover compensation.

  1. Premises liability holds owners and operators responsible if they fail to address a dangerous condition on the property. Injuries on rides are the most obvious example of premises liability, but guests can encounter hazards throughout a theme park.
  2. Product liability puts the duty of care on the manufacturer or designer of the attractions present at a theme park. If there are defects that cause injuries, you may seek compensation for your losses.

Discuss Theme Park Injuries with an Experienced Ocala, FL Personal Injury Attorney

 If you would like more information on your rights and options as the victim of a theme park accident, please call Piccin & Glynn, Attorneys at Law, to schedule a free consultation. You can reach our Ocala, FL office by calling 352-558-8480 or visiting us online. We have been representing victims in all types of personal injury matters for more than 60 years, and we will help you get the compensation you deserve.