If you live in Southern California, you have lots of theme parks to choose from: Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knotts Berry Farm, Sea World, to name a few. But, since it first opened in Anaheim in 1955, Disneyland has been enchanting kids of all ages from around the world with magical experiences and memories that last a lifetime.
Unfortunately, thousands of visitors to Disneyland and other Orange County amusement parks are the victims of an amusement park injury each and every year. If you’ve been injured at Disneyland or another amusement park, what are your rights? Whose responsibility is it to pay for damages when a park visitor is injured?
If you’ve been injured at a theme park or amusement park, you may be able to bring a legal claim for negligence against the park and/or its employees or a product liability claim against the manufacturer of a ride or attraction, or both. Some types of accidents that can occur in Disneyland or other amusement parks include:
- Slip and falls
- Food poisoning from contaminated food and drinks
- Defective products, including mechanical failure rides
- Ride operator negligence
Proving negligence generally requires that you, the plaintiff, be able to prove the following four elements:
- The defendant had a duty of care to keep their premises safe for all who enter
- The defendant breached that duty of care
- That breach of duty resulted in injury or harm
- The victim suffered injury or losses that may be compensated monetarily
The most common types of amusement park injuries
The most common types of injuries that happen at theme or amusement parks usually are the result of slip and fall hazards. Slip and fall injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Hip fractures
- Sprained ankles and wrists
- Cuts and abrasions requiring stitches
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Head, neck, and shoulder injuries
Injuries from park rides include:
- Stroke from trauma to neck ligaments
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Laceration, broken bones, and torn ligaments
- Head, neck and back injuries from bumper cars, spinning rides, or roller coasters
- Death as a result of falling or being thrown from a ride or drowning on a water ride
Getting compensated correctly
The type of compensation in amusement park personal injury cases depends upon the circumstances surrounding the accident. Compensation for a victim in an accident may include:
- Medical and hospital bills
- Lost wages
- Rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of future medical care
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
A wrongful death claim may be brought by surviving family members of the victim of a theme or amusement park accident that resulted in death.
If you or a family member have been injured in an accident that occurred while visiting Disneyland or other area amusement parks, you have legal rights under California’s personal injury laws.
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