Tips for Handling an Amusement Park Injury
by Marcelo Saenz
Summertime is a time for fun. The kids are out of school and parents are using their vacation time to plan fun activities for the family. One of those fun activities are trips to the amusement park, a lively place full of a variety of rides and attractions, food, and other family-friendly activities. Because of the lively and fun vibe amusement parks have, it’s hard to imagine anything bad happening at one, but bad things can happen anywhere, especially at amusement parks.
One of the biggest attractions at an amusement park are roller coasters. These thrill rides send riders on a ride full of drops and sharp turns, twists, and loops, making people scream with either delight or terror. These rides can also be some of the most dangerous if they haven’t been properly assembled or maintained. However, these aren’t the only place where injuries can occur at a theme park. Just walking around and tripping over a piece of broken concrete can is possible!
So what do you do if you or a loved one is injured while at an amusement park? Keep reading to find out!
What to Do After Injury Occurs
No one ever plans for an injury, meaning the odds of being prepared for one are slim. When an accident occurs and we see a loved one gets injured, it’s easy to go into panic mode, frantically trying to get help for them. Panic mode can shut down our brains making us unable to think or do anything else. But it is important to obtain the following information if someone is injured:
- Take photos or video of the scene: One good thing about having such advanced cameras on our phones is that we can take photos and videos with ease. Especially on vacation, people have their phones out to take photos or videos to commemorate their vacation moments. So getting photos or videos of the scene when the injury occurred is important. If someone tripped over a broken piece of concrete, take photos of the broken piece of concrete. While waiting for help to arrive, take a video of anyone else tripping over that spot. Just try to gather as much visual evidence as possible.
- Save park documents: Keep any tickets, admission documents, or other paperwork you had to sign from your visit to the park. Some of these documents might contain clauses abstaining from the park from being responsible for any injuries that occur while you’re there.
- Don’t sign or provide a statement: Upon hearing about the injury, a park employee may come over to get your statement and have you fill out some medical paperwork for park records. It is recommended not to give a statement of any kind or sign anything for the park.
- Get witness information: Themes are crowded and full of people, meaning you should have quite a few witnesses to the incident. Get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of anyone who witnessed the injury occurring. If any witnesses came over to offer aid, make sure to get their contact information as well. Their first-hand experience with the incident is a valuable piece of information.
- Compile a detailed recollection: It’s easy to forget small details as time goes by. So as soon as you can, compile the details of the incident. List the date, time of day, weather conditions, where you were going, who was with you, and any other details you can recall. Even details that you don’t feel are important could matter more than you realize.
- Hire an attorney: There is a possibility that this injury case will go to court, so consulting with an attorney is a good idea. Look for an attorney whose law firm deals handles amusement park injury cases. They will be able to advise you and guide you through the process should the case go to court.
If you experience an injury while at a Theme Park, they will do everything they can to fight the claim. They will withhold any evidence they have until they absolutely have to release it to you or your attorney. And they will deny your claim at every turn.
Hiring an experienced attorney like Marcelo Saenz is your best option. So if you or a loved one has experienced a bodily injury while at a Florida theme park, call (305) 441-5955 and get your free consultation today!