Earlier this month, we wrote about an accident that occurred on one of
the roller coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain. While most people think of
amusement park accidents as occurring only at traveling carnivals and other relatively low-budget
venues, serious accidents also occur regularly at major theme parks.
This includes both Disneyland here in California and Disney World in Florida.
Readers may have heard about a British tourist who lost parts of two fingers
while riding the Pirates of the Caribbean ride earlier this month at Disney
World. This was not an unprecedented event. In fact, it happened to a
12-year-old boy on the same ride earlier this year.
Disney is required to report injuries to the state if they are serious
enough to require an immediate hospital stay of more than 24 hours. During
the second quarter of this year (April through June), about a dozen Disney
World guests suffered injuries or medical scares at the park that were reported.
Several of these reports were for things like chest pain, dizziness, motion
sickness and nausea. Most of the guests reporting them were older and
probably had preexisting medical conditions. Some may have been riding
against the advice of posted signs at the park.
But there were other serious injuries as well. They include:
- A 12-year-old boy who lost four fingers while riding Pirates of the Caribbean
- A 44-year-old man who suffered a fractured leg at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
- An 8-year-old girl who became unconscious while riding the Magic Carpets
When accidents occur at amusement parks, owners and operators may try to
immediately settle with victims in order to avoid bad publicity and to
prevent them from filing a lawsuit. While this can seem like an attractive
offer at first, it may be far less than what your injuries will actually
cost to treat. As such, you may wish to discuss your case with an experienced
personal injury attorney before accepting any early offers.
Source: New York Daily News, “
Boy, 12, lost fingers at Disney World’s Pirates of the Caribbean, too,” Nicole Hensley, July 20, 2014