Have you seen the news recently? This past week there were two accidents at Disney World in the same day, one of which resulted in the death of an employee.

On Monday, Juan Ojeda was working on a utility cart attempting to replace the battery. The cart started to move, jumped a curb, hit a fence, and then fell on Ojeda who later died from his injuries. Click here to read the full story.

Later that day another man was injured after falling at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. He was able to call 911 and is expected to survive. 

Unfortunately, theme park deaths and injuries are not as rare as you might think. 

Just yesterday a Daytona roller coaster was derailed after reaching excessive speeds. Two people were thrown from the ride, which had been closed down two times already this year. Click here for more information about this story.

6 Actions to Take if You Are Injured at a Theme Park

Getting hurt at a theme park, whether you are working or just visiting, is scary and tragic. Here are 6 actions you should take immediately, if an injury happens to you or a loved one:

  • Report the incident immediately. Make a report with the ride operator and the park manager. This report will be referenced later in your case
  • Seek medical attention. Even if you think your injuries are no big deal, seek immediate medical attention
  • DO NOT sign any documentation. It's best to postpone meeting with a park representative until AFTER you have spoken with an attorney
  • Premise liability claim. You may be able to file a premise liability claim if you were injured due to the park's negligence
  • Workers' compensation claim. If you were hurt on the job, filing a claim with work comp is helpful. The injury still needs to be reported immediately, and workers' comp can provide treatment and lost wage benefits
  • Wrongful death claim. If an employees dies due to negligence, a wrongful death claim can also be investigated to provide additional help for the family

I hope you find this information helpful. Be careful when visiting a theme park. For the most part these places are a blast, but accidents do happen. You DO have options, and my team at the Coye Law Firm can help you explore them.


Wade Coye

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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