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Everything You Need to Know About Amusement Park Accident Lawsuits

April 12, 2022

Everything You Need to Know About Amusement Park Accident Lawsuits

If you were injured in an accident while riding on an amusement park ride, you may have several different types of legal claims available to you. The specific claims you might assert will depend on the circumstances of the accident. Two of the more common kinds of legal claims asserted in amusement park accidents lawsuits are claims of negligence and claims of product liability. 

Negligence Claims

A negligence claim in an amusement park accident lawsuit alleges that park employees and officials were careless, inattentive, or reckless in the performance of their duties. This may include carelessness in maintaining an amusement park ride, inattentiveness by ride operators and failure to timely or properly react to a developing emergency situation, or negligence in properly instructing and warning park patrons. Examples of specific negligence claims in amusement park accident cases include:

When a park employee is directly responsible for an amusement park accident, the park’s owners and operators can also be held vicariously liable to patrons injured in the accident.

Product Liability Claims

Some amusement park accidents occur because a ride was defectively designed or manufactured, such as a defective design of a restraining harness or defective construction that allows a ride to derail. If design and manufacturing/construction defects lead to an accident, the designer or manufacturer of the ride, or the designer/manufacturer of a defective part used in the ride equipment, may be held accountable to injured patrons through a product liability claim. In a product liability claim, you do not need to prove that a designer or manufacturer was negligent, merely that the product was unreasonably dangerous for its intended uses. 

Common Amusement Park Defenses to Accident Claims

However, amusement park operators and ride designers/manufacturers may have legal and factual defenses against amusement park lawsuits. Some of the common defenses raised in accident claims include:

Contact a Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Amusement Park Accident Case in Florida

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to an amusement park accident in Florida? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Lawlor, White & Murphey represent clients injured because of amusement park accidents in Coconut Creek, Plantation, Pompano Beach, and Pembroke Pines, and throughout Florida. Call (954) 525-2345 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 2211 Davie Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, as well as offices in Pembroke Pines, Weston, Coconut Creek, Plantation, and Pompano Beach.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly