Amusement Park Accident Lawyer in Tampa
Attorney Armando Edmiston handles complex cases and gets results
The Sunshine State isn’t just a nice place to enjoy the warm weather and spend time on sandy beaches. Each year, millions of families travel to Florida to visit popular theme parks and create lasting memories with their loved ones.
With so many amusement parks to visit and so many people flocking to the same parks, accidents are inevitable. Sadly, a lot of amusement park accidents can be traced back to the negligence of others.
Some of the most popular amusement parks in Florida and the Tampa area include:
- Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
- Walt Disney World
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Magic Kingdom
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Discovery Cove
- Space Mountain
- Adventure Island
- LEGOLAND Florida Resort
- Universal Studios
- Grand Prix Tampa
Whether you were injured at a popular amusement park or at a local zoo, water park, fair or carnival, it’s important to remember that theme parks have an obligation to properly operate, maintain, and inspect their rides. Theme parks also need to provide adequate training to ride operators and other employees, address any unsafe conditions on the premises, and follow other safety standards for amusement park rides, as detailed under Florida law.
If you or a loved one was injured at a Florida amusement park, a lawyer may be able to help you demand the financial compensation you’re entitled to. Attorney Armando Edmiston, founder of Armando Personal Injury Law in Tampa, has the knowledge and experience to handle every detail related to your claim and fight to get the best possible outcome in your case.
Can you sue an amusement park?
If you or a loved one sustained an injury or suffered harm at an amusement park, you may be able to file a premises liability claim for your damages against the at-fault party. Common causes of amusement park accidents include:
- Inadequate ride maintenance
- Ride operator error
- Mechanical ride defects
- Unqualified/poorly trained employees
- Poorly maintained park grounds (e.g., slippery surfaces, obstructed walkways, broken doors/gates/locks, other hazards)
- Insufficient lighting and/or security
Whether you were injured on a dangerous ride or you had a slip and fall accident that could have been prevented if not for the negligent actions of someone else, it’s critical that you act fast to protect your rights and keep your legal options open. Depending on the specific details of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Replacement services
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress/mental anguish
- Property damage
What should I do if I get hurt at an amusement park?
If you or someone you care about sustains an injury at an amusement park or any other type of theme park, seek immediate medical attention. Even if you don’t feel like you’re seriously injured, you should still get checked out by a medical professional right away to make sure your adrenaline isn’t masking any serious symptoms. After that, you should:
- Ask to have an incident report created – Most large amusement parks have policies and procedures in place for documenting any park accidents. If management creates an incident report, don’t forget to get a copy for your records. This can be an important piece of evidence.
- Take pictures – If you are able to, take detailed pictures of the accident location and the dangerous condition that resulted in you getting injured. Be sure to document any of your visible injuries with photos as well.
- Get contact info from witnesses – Take down the name, title, and contact information of any employees or park managers that were involved in or witnessed your amusement park accident. They may be able to provide testimony to help build your case. If anyone else witnessed your accident and is willing to give you their information, ask for their name, address, and contact information as well.
- Ask about surveillance video – In today’s age of technology, security cameras are everywhere – especially at large amusement parks where there are thousands upon thousands of people all gathering at once in the same location. After your accident, ask park staff and/or management if they can preserve any available and relevant video evidence.
- Talk to a lawyer – An attorney can listen to the details of your case, answer your questions, explain your legal options, and let you know how they can help you fight for appropriate compensation.
Learn what an amusement park accident attorney can do for you
Attorney Armando Edmiston isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with large corporations and demand the compensation you deserve. That’s because at Armando Personal Injury Law, we treat our clients like family and make your problems our problems. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. Our office is located in Tampa and we offer legal representation to our clients on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless we win.