Most Common Theme Park Injuries
Florida is home to the greatest theme parks in the world. Orlando’s Disney World and Universal drive in millions of tourists every year, and parks like SeaWorld and Busch Gardens aren’t far behind. These, along with the beautiful warm weather, make Florida a vacationer’s dream. But, that dream can quickly turn into a nightmare with just one bad experience at a theme park. The truth is, there’s always an element of danger when it comes to thrill rides like roller coasters. Unfortunately, injuries can and do happen. The following are some of the most common ones we see.
- Sprains and Strains: There are many flights of stairs you’ll have to climb, and jostling around with other visitors, you could very easily turn an ankle or sprain a wrist bracing your fall. The risk is exponentially increased at water parks, with wet walkways and staircases throughout the area. Whiplash is also common from being whipped around by rollercoasters.
- Cuts and Bruises: Another sort of minor injury you could sustain is a cut or a bruise. This could happen while falling, or if a passenger on a ride throws something off the coaster and it strikes you. Change and other small items frequently fly out of pockets on high-speed coasters, always posing a threat to those below.
- Broken Bones: Falling from a ride, exiting a ride improperly, or a bad slip and fall could result in some broken bones. Don’t underestimate steep-sloped slides at waterparks, and always be careful on the stairs.
- Concussions: Repeated jerking around of the head on a thrill ride could give you a minor concussion, resulting in dizziness, headaches, and even vomiting. Always keep your head on the safety rest behind you to avoid slamming into the back of it during the harsh turns on the ride.
- Traumatic Brain Injury: If something large like a cell phone or camera is flung off a ride and strikes you in the head, you might even sustain a traumatic brain injury. This can also occur if a ride malfunctions and crashes, or if you have a serious fall out of a ride or down a slippery staircase.
The common dangers which cause most of these injuries are malfunctioning rides, hazards like wet staircases, crowded spaces, and improper behavior in and around rides. If you take extra care in these situations, chances are that you will have a great, accident-free day at the park. But, if you are one of the unfortunate ones and sustain an injury, don’t hesitate to call The Troutman Law Firm.
At The Troutman Law Firm, we take theme park injury cases very seriously. Theme parks should be a place of adventure and excitement, not pain and suffering. If you think you have been hurt because of the negligence of someone else, we will do everything in our power to recover compensation for your injuries. Call us today for a free consultation at 407-647-5002.