Theme Park Accident Claims
If you or your child have been injured in a theme park accident, you may be able to claim compensation.
Theme parks and their attractions are incredibly popular, for children and for adults. Accidents at theme parks are rare, but they do happen. Last year, around 1,000 people were injured in accidents at theme parks, some of them seriously. An accident on Alton Towers' Smiler ride in 2016 caused injuries to 16 people, two of whom had to have their legs amputated in emergency procedures. The accident was found to have been caused by human error and each of the affected individuals was awarded compensation.
Although serious theme park accidents are rare, less serious accidents occur frequently. Whatever the circumstances of your theme park accident, our dedicated team of personal injury solicitors are available now to help your case. We have helped hundreds of clients win the compensation they deserve, especially in child accident theme park cases.
About Theme Park Accidents
A theme park accident can be defined as any accident that occurs within the grounds of a theme park, whether it be on a ride, in a restaurant, or in the theme park's grounds.
The health and safety regulations that govern theme parks are extremely complex. They refer to all elements of the theme park's organisation, from the design of rides to the running of restaurants.
Identifying who is at fault for a theme park accident can be tricky due to the number of people involved in the park's running. An accident on a ride may have been caused by the ride's designers, by the staff operating the ride, or by a system fault that should have been identified by another member of the theme park's staff. To help identify who is responsible for which aspect of the theme park, guidelines have been set.
- Designers and installers must ensure that the attractions they create are safe and installed correctly
- Theme park managers are responsible for ensuring the park runs safely on a day-to-day basis; they do this by carrying out regular risk assessments, ensuring staff are trained, and outlining emergency procedures
- Theme park operators must ensure that the rides they are working on are working safely; if they suspect a problem, they must report it.
Accidents often occur when staff fail to carry out their duties properly. When problems with rides aren't identified and managed, it is easy for accidents to happen.
Causes of Theme Park Accidents
Common causes of injuries at theme parks include:
- Slip and trip hazards, such as wet floors, ropes, litter, and uneven pathways
- Poor food hygiene in restaurants resulting in food poisoning
- Broken or malfunctioning rides
- Falling debris (such as rungs from tracks)
- Ineffective harnesses, straps and barriers
Theme Park Accident Injuries
The injuries caused by theme park accidents can be severe; in the Alton Towers case, visitors to the park were left with serious injuries, including abdominal injuries and serious injuries to limbs. Other theme park injuries may include:
- Food poisoning (caused by eating food that has been poorly prepared on site)
- Head injuries and spinal injuries, potentially caused by falling from heights
- Whiplash, from being shunted forwards on rides
- Broken bones
Can I Make a Claim?
If you have been injured in a theme park accident, you have the right to make a claim. Every theme park accident case is different, and the circumstances of your case will be unique to you. Our dedicated team of approachable and compassionate solicitors will guide you through the claims process on a no-win-no-fee basis. We will look into evidence of your accident, such as CCTV footage and witness statements, and ensure you win the compensation you deserve.
How Much Compensation Can I Claim?
Payouts for theme park accidents have ranged well into the hundreds and thousands. Compensation payouts are awarded on a case-by-case basis and amounts vary considerably. When deciding how much compensation you ought to be awarded, the courts will consider all aspects of your case, from the severity of your injuries to any financial losses you have suffered because of the accident.
My Child was Injured in a Theme Park Accident - Can I Make a Claim?
As the parent or legal guardian of a child who has been injured in a theme park accident, you have the right to make a claim on your child’s behalf. You will act as your child’s litigation friend and will be responsible for representing your child’s interests in court and making any decisions that need to be made. Children can’t make personal injury claims on their own behalf until they turn 18, after which point they have up until their 21st birthday to make a claim.