Although accidents at these parks are uncommon, when they do occur the injuries can be severe. This was the case for a man whose fingertips were severed while he was riding Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean this summer. A report shows, that a 12-year-old boy cut four of his fingers on the same ride a few months prior.
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Walt Disney World reported 11 other substantial injuries to the state for the second quarter of 2014. The injuries in the report included: loss of consciousness, falls and chest pain. The reports are voluntary and part of an arrangement with the state. The parks are exempt from public ride-safety regulations and in return are required to report an injury that occurred on a ride and resulted in a hospital stay of more than 24 hours. Universal reported 4 injuries while SeaWorld, Wet ‘n Wild, Busch Gardens and Legoland reported no injuries for this quarter.
Amusement parks are responsible for providing a safe environment for their workers and guests. Rides should be properly maintained and inspected. Debris and garbage should be picked up and security personnel should be available at all times. Also, as patrons of an amusement park, it is important to follow all rules to avoid a serious injury. In a previous blog post we discussed how following the rules at an amusement park can reduce the risk of an injury.
If you or someone you know was injured at an amusement park, you should contact a personal injury attorney to see what your rights are. Mechanical defects and negligence of the amusement park, may result in an individual pursing a product liability or personal injury claim if they were injured on the premises.
Orlando Sentinel, “Disney says boy, 12, cut fingers on Pirates ride”