In a recent Anaheim injury accident at Disney's California Adventure, a 20-year-old man received medical care after he fell 25 feet from a platform while in line to ride The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. According to a Disney spokesperson, the man climbed over a barrier and lost his balance. Following the incident, Disney shut down the ride while paramedics provided the injured parkgoer with medical care.
Amusement Park Accidents
Like other premise owners, amusement park owners must ensure there are no hazards on the property that can cause serious injuries or deaths to visitors. This means making sure that the attractions are safe for parkgoers to ride and that safety precautions have been put in place to prevent slip and fall accidents, fall accidents, violent crimes, and other injury accidents from happening.
Injury accidents that occur on amusement park rides can prove catastrophic. Just recently, a 12-year-old suffered serious injuries on a freefall ride at Extreme World in Wisconsin on July 30. Teagan Marti fell 10 stories to the ground when the harness that was holding her released her.
Ride operator Charles Carnell has said that he "blanked out" and took off the girl's harness before the safety nets could catch her. He is charged with first degree reckless injury. Doctors say that Marti may be paralyzed.
Some other recent amusement park accidents:
• A 45-year-old woman and 36-year-old man experienced back pain after riding the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster at Universal Studios Florida.
• A 54-year-old man had a heart attack and a 74-year-old man became ill after riding the Expedition Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
• A 68-year-old woman who rode Spaceship Earth at Epcot experienced chest pain.
• A 27-year-old man became ill after getting on the Mission: Space at Epcot Center
• A 65-year-old man experienced chest pain and a 72-year-old woman had a seizure after riding Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney World's Animal Kingdom.
• A 61-year-old woman broke her arm and a 68-year-old woman broke her hip when exiting the Mad Tea Party in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World.
A woman is also suing Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for the injuries and post-traumatic stress she says that she suffered Disney employee dressed as Donald Duck grabbed one of her breasts and molested her at Epcot Center in 2008. She is seeking damages for negligence, battery, and infliction of emotional distress.
Disney, Universal report amusement park accident, Orlando Sentinel, August 30, 2010
Man falls 25 feet from ride line at Disney park, CNN, August 20, 2010
Park "Repairs" at Crime Scene Where Girl Fell, CBS News, August 20, 2010
Delaware County woman claims Donald Duck groped her, Philly.com, August 12, 2010
Related Web Resources:
AccidentWatch, Theme Park Insider
If you've been injured at a Los Angeles County amusement park, contact our Anaheim personal injury law firm and ask for your free case evaluation.