By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
The Florida Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection requires Florida’s major theme park owners like Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studios located in Orlando, FLorida to file occurrence reports with the Bureau every quarter. It is a rather loose standard as to what is serious and what should be reported. Most generally consider an overnight hospitalization as a serious condition or injury. Many of the incidents due involve illness or injuries to children. I visited EPCOT a few years back and saw two people on one ride – Mission Space – get ill on the ride. One person threw up and my friend got sick from a combination of the ride and the vomit from the other guest. My friend did not need medical care but the other person did get First Aid. Others have had heart failure after being on this ride. While the large theme park company have engineers and maintenance crews attending to the rides and the parks in general, injuries frequently occur at theme parks as a result of negligence, inattention, and improper or inadequate repairs and maintenance by theme park employees. You can research a data base of injuries at Florida’s theme parks by going to Search: Theme park attractions injury, illness and death reports. I suspect that the database is less than complete due to the self reporting nature of the incidents at the major theme parks in Florida.