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Operators Report 12 Injuries in Orlando Amusement Park Accidents in First Quarter of 2012

According to documents recently filed with the state, Orlando’s big theme parks have reported twelve accidents that resulted in injuries for the first three months of 2012. Orlando amusement park accident attorneys routinely review each quarterly injury report, as they represent many of the people injured in these accidents. Our state’s biggest theme parks are exempt from state ride-safety inspections but must voluntarily submit any guest injuries that occur at their attractions.

They are required to disclose any injuries that require an immediate hospital stay of at least 24 hours. Listed below are some brief descriptions of accidents that led to injuries in the first quarter of this year:

  • A 72-year-old woman tripped on the loading platform for the Manta rollercoaster at SeaWorld Orlando and broke her elbow.
  • Universal Orlando reported three injuries in three separate incidents. A 69-year-old woman experienced dizziness and a 45-year-old woman fainted at Universal’s Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Attraction in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. A 41-year-old woman threw up blood on the Men in Black: Alien Attack attraction in Universal Studios Florida.

Disney’s theme parks are the busiest in the state and typically also report the most accidents. The first quarter of this year was no exception, with eight ride-related injuries.

Disney’s Magic Kingdom, the company’s most popular attraction, reported four injuries:

  • A 54-year-old man who fainted after riding Space Mountain
  • A 56-year-old woman who experienced "seizure-like symptoms" on the Barnstormer roller coaster
  • A 79-year-old woman who fell on the moving load platform for the Haunted Mansion and broke her leg and dislocated her ankle
  • A 73-year-old man who lost consciousness after riding the Tomorrowland Transit Authority ride

Disney’s Epcot resort reported these injuries:

  • A 16-year-old girl who lost consciousness on the Mission: SPACE attraction
  • A 34-year-old woman who fainted on the Mission: SPACE attraction
  • A 56-year-old woman who became ill and "appeared incoherent" on the Spaceship Earth ride

Fortunately, most of these injuries were relatively minor. However, there’s nothing minor about an injury that ruins a vacation, disrupts a person’s ability to work, impairs his or her independence and results in thousands of dollars in medical bills. If you’re a guest or worker who has been injured in a Florida theme park accident and would like to speak with an Orlando personal injury lawyer, call Mr. Cunningham today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) to schedule a free consultation.

James O. Cunningham

Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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