Was this Catastrophe Avoidable?
On March 25, a 14-year-old boy fell to his death from a ride at Orlando’s ICON Park. While the reasons for this tragedy are being investigated, one possibility is that the ride itself was faulty, or there was operator error that lead to the fall.
This particular ride is a new one to the park. Before a new ride is allowed to accept passengers, it must go through a testing and inspection period. The Florida Department of Agriculture oversees this process and only gives permits to those rides that pass their review.
Given the newness of this ride, a fault in its construction, while possible, is less likely. Operator error, however, is still possible. Operators for all rides in Florida’s amusement and theme parks are highly trained. But even the most vigilant operator can make mistakes.
Catastrophes, like this one, should be avoidable with proper maintenance and training. For now, the ride operators are being asked by ICON park and others to halt the operation of the rides they manage until they’re able to ensure these rides aren’t faulty, and that their operators are retrained in all aspects of rider safety.
When incidents like this occur, the persons or company responsible for it need to be held responsible. Not only should they be required to address the oversights that caused the death, but they also need to address the grief and anguish they caused the family and others involved.
If you or your family were harmed due to someone else then you need a Florida lawyer by your side. One who knows what should have been done to ensure the riders’ safety and one who knows how to hold them responsible for their failures.
The attorneys of Chad Barr Law are here to help you in your time of need. We take no fee unless our clients collect on injury and wrongful death cases. Contact us today for help. 407-599-9036
How to Prove Fault in a Theme Park Accident Case
Florida law requires that property owners protect their guests from any and all foreseeable harm. That means maintaining their property, putting notices out about any unsafe areas or situations, and repairing any damage as soon as possible. A property owner who fails in their duty to provide a safe space may be responsible for any damage or injuries.
Vehicle drivers, boat pilots, and ride operators are also required to make sure you’re safe from anything that might cause an injury. When we review your case, we will look at all the facts around your injury and seek any areas where their negligence may have caused your injury.
Regardless of the injury, seeking immediate medical attention is important. Additionally, you want to follow your physician’s recommendations on follow-up care. This will ensure you’re back on to your original self as soon as possible. It will also ensure the courts understand your case as fully as possible, and that you’re completely compensated for any medical bills or lost wages.
Other important information to keep in mind are the timelines around your case. There are statutes and laws that dictate when and how you are able to address injuries through the courts. The most important one is the Statute of Limitations. This is the, usually, four-year period after an accident that allows you to hire an attorney and begin the process of seeking compensation.
Contact our Florida Amusement Park Injury Attorneys Today
If you were injured while visiting a theme park in Florida you have the right to seek compensation from the company that allowed that injury to happen. Our attorneys know how to navigate the legal system in Florida and can walk you through your options and how to properly follow up to ensure the guilty party is held accountable for their actions.
No matter where your injury occurred, visiting a theme park, on the beach, boating, or on the road, we can look at the facts of the case and give you the advice you need to know what to do next. Even if you’ve already returned home, we can work with you.
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