According to the Orange County Register, in the last five years, Disneyland has been sued for Anaheim personal injury nearly 140 times, while Knott's Berry Farm has been sued for Buena Park personal injury 50 times. Surprisingly, amusement park rides were not cited as the most common cause of injury. (However, the newspaper's review only looked at small claims and civil lawsuits filed directly against the parks; federal complaints or cases submitted outside the county were not part of the examination.) Orange County, California slip and fall, trip and fall, and step and fall accidents were cited in about 33% of the lawsuits.
Disney was the defendant in 40 Anaheim slip and fall lawsuits while Knott's was named in 15 Buena Park premises liability complaints on similar grounds. One woman says her slip accident happened because there were eggs on the floor of Goofy's Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel.
"With so many people frequenting amusement parks on a daily basis, operators must ensure that there are no hazards on the premise that could lead to serious injuries to patrons," said Anaheim amusement park accident attorney Vincent Howard. "This includes making sure the grounds, floors, restrooms, restaurants, walkways, and rides are free of any dangers that could cause someone to get injured in any type of Orange County, California slip and fall accident." (Broken bones, head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and death have been known to occur from this type of incident.)
That said, trip/slip/step and and fall accidents were not the only non-amusement park ride accident noted in Orange County, California premises liability lawsuits filed against the theme parks. For example, the family of a 2-year-old girl filed an Anaheim dog bite accident lawsuit claiming one of the animals at a petting zoo attacked her.They have settled their case against Disney. In another Anaheim injury case, a jury ordered Disney to pay one park visitor $546,000 over seizures she began experiencing seizures after a food court umbrella that was being blown about by the wind struck her on the head. There was also the park visitor that settled with Knott's over his Buena Vista park injury lawsuit for when he was punched in the face while dancing in a mosh pit while hypnotized.
"We know how intimidating it can be to go after a big company, which is why it is important that you work with an experienced Orange County, California premises liability law firm that knows what to do and isn't afraid to challenge even the biggest companies in the world," said Buena Vista personal injury lawyer Vincent Howard.
Disney, Knott's frequent targets of lawsuits, The OC Register, June 1, 2012
Trips, slips dominate theme-park lawsuits, Orlando Sentinel, March 30, 2009
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While California holds theme parks liable not just for negligence but also for "slightest failure of care," said Chapman University law professor Denis Binder (in the OC Register), it doesn't mean that pursuing recovery isn't challenging--especially if you do it alone. Getting legal help usually increases your chances not just of financial recovery but also of getting the maximum that you are allowed/owed under the law.
To contact Anaheim slip and fall accident lawyer Vincent Howard, contact Howard Law, PC today.