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Remember Your Rights At Amusement Parks


For most other states, summer is the best time to go to an amusement park because the parks are seasonal, and it’s the combination of good weather, and availability that makes it a good time to get the family together and have some fun. Of course, for Florida residents, it’s a different story entirely. Not only does Florida have the great weather throughout the year to constantly have amusement parks run, but the state itself is home to some of the best, permanent, amusement complexes in the world. So whether you’re interested in the movies, Christian theology, or even the cartoon legacy of Walt Disney, there’s something here for everyone.

But it’s important to keep in mind that while amusement parks are supposed to be about fun with the family, even here things can go wrong. And if they do, you should always consider whether your rights have been violated, and you have legal recourse to go forward with a lawsuit.

Parks Are Required To Be Safe

The whole point of an amusement park, whether it is a temporary country fair, or one of Florida’s many elaborate, permanent complexes, is that they are supposed to provide a welcoming, safe, family entertainment experience. That’s part of the “contract” that comes with you agreeing to pay the price of admission for yourself and your family.

So when you don’t get that, especially if you end up with an injured family member, then the amusement park has not held up its end of the deal. And consequently, you have the legal right to take them to task for it in a court of law.

Negligence Scaled Up

The biggest issue with the premises liability that can occur at an amusement park is the scale of possible damage and injury. For example, if a roller coaster has not been properly maintained, and something occurs, such as the rollercoaster cars derailing due to lack of required maintenance, then it’s not just one person that is injured, but often many, sometimes even resulting in death.

Any attraction at an amusement park requires a few things in order to operate smoothly. The condition of the attractions must be good, the operators must be correctly trained to work the machines, and understand if there is an issue with them. If there is a problem with an attraction, it should be temporarily shut down until a professional evaluation and repair can occur. Once it has been tested and deemed safe, it can be reopened to the public.

If this chain of operation fails at any point, it is possible for an attraction to function incorrectly, and for the visitors to the park to be injured. Sadly, there are many stories of amusement park rides causing injury, or even death because park managers didn’t want to lose revenue from shutting down a ride, or carelessness in inspecting or operating the rides caused an accident. If you, or anyone you know was injured at an amusement park due to rides working in a dangerous manner, that’s premises liability, and you do have rights to assert yourself.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

Remember Your Rights At Amusement Parks

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
Murphy & Walsh




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