Visitors to Orlando frequently visit theme parks which the area is famous for. Visitors to the parks expect to have an enjoyable day with family, but unfortunately sometimes a problem at the park puts an end to the fun when someone gets seriously hurt or killed.
Orlando Sentinel reports on serious health problems and major injuries which have been sustained by visitors to some of Orlando's most popular theme parks. These reports of injuries are from last spring and summer. As a new spring and summer travel season approaches this year and more visitors come to parks when kids are on school break, visitors need to be aware of the risk of injuries at theme parks as well as aware of their rights when injuries at parks occur.
When a park visitor is hurt by conditions in the park, those who operate the attraction may be held accountable for the harm the visitors suffer as long as visitors can prove the injury was caused by the park's negligence or failed to live up to basic safety obligations to provide a safe environment.
Injuries at Orlando Theme Parks Endanger Park Visitors
Many different parks in the Orlando area were the site of injuries and health issues during last years' spring and summer tourist season. According to Orlando Sentinel, Disney reported 10 injuries and medical issues over a three month period from April to June. Universal Orlando also reported an additional six injuries, and SeaWorld reported an injury at the Aquatica Water Park.
Theme park injuries are reported to the state only if the injuries occur on rides and only if the injuries result in the park visitor who was hurt being immediately hospitalized and remaining hospitalized for more than 24 hours. This means there may have been many additional injuries which were not reported to the state if victims did not realize the extent of their injuries until time had passed and delayed getting care or if victims were hospitalized for less than 24-hours. Injuries caused by factors such as slip and falls due to debris on walkways would also not be listed on the injury reports since these injuries were not caused by a ride.
Several of the Disney injuries included bone fractures which occurred at water parks, including a woman who fell and fractured her hip. The injuries at Universal Studios included head and neck pain, and the injury at Aquatica involved a woman suffering a herniated cervical disc.
The parks made the reports to the state about the health issues and injuries as part of an agreement the parks made to exempt them from public ride-safety regulations. The fact the parks are exempted from these regulations means visitors to theme parks may not be getting the full protections available to them under the laws which would otherwise apply to protect their rights.