Theme park accidents Archives - Wooten Kimbrough Damaso & Dennis, PA

Safety a Concern at Universal’s Volcano Bay after 115 People Injured on Waterslide that Paralyzed Tourist

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Michael Damaso / 07-30-2020 / Theme park accidents

At least 115 park guests have reported being injured on the popular water slide attraction, Punga Racers, at Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay, according to court documents recently released in an ongoing personal injury case against Universal. This information has come to light following a lawsuit filed by a park guest from New York who was […]

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Electrical Shock, Paralysis and Other Serious Injuries Reported at Popular Orlando Tourist Attraction, Volcano Bay

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Michael Damaso / 03-03-2020 / Theme park accidents

Serious injuries have been recently reported at Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park, including electrical shock, paralysis, brain injuries and near drownings. A park guest reported being injured when she was visiting Volcano Bay on June 2, 2019. She said she was shocked due to the park’s electrical system malfunctioning that day and has filed […]

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Carnival Worker’s Injury Highlights the Lack of Regulation of Amusement Park Rides in Central Florida

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Michael Damaso / 01-15-2020 / Theme park accidents

Visitors at Santa’s Winter Wonderland at the Waterford Lakes Town Center witnessed a frightening event last month after a 37-year-old man was pinned between a claw carnival ride. The injured man was a worker who fell from a ladder during a pre-operative check of the ride. He was freed before paramedics arrived and was transported […]

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10-Year-Old Boy Seriously Injured After Fall from Florida Zip Line Attraction

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Michael Damaso / 11-12-2019 / Theme park accidents

A 10-year-old boy sustained serious injuries after he fell from a zip line attraction at Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park in Lakeland, Florida. Video surveillance released last week captured the horrifying moment. The child was on a zip line ride called “Sky Rider.” Before taking off, passengers are to be strapped in via a […]

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911 Calls Released from Passengers Pleading for Help on Disney’s Skyliner

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Michael Damaso / 10-21-2019 / Theme park accidents

Last week Disney’s Skyliner gondola transportation system malfunctioned, leaving passengers stranded in the air for  hours.  Now more details have emerged, as the 911 Call tapes have been released to the public.  The release of these tapes comes at the same time the gondola transportation system is back open to the public. Here is one […]

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Disney’s New Skyliner Malfunctions, Leaving Passengers Stranded in the Air for Hours, Three Hospitalizations Reported

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Michael Damaso / 10-11-2019 / Theme park accidents

Tourists who planned on enjoying a relaxing ride on one of Disney World’s newest modes of transportation received an unexpected jolt as the passenger lift system suddenly stopped working. Passengers were left hanging in the air for more than three hours due to the system malfunction. The Skyliner gondolas take park visitors from their hotels […]

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5 Things We Learned About Theme Park Injuries

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Thomas Dennis / 06-04-2018 / Theme park accidents

  Looking over the quarterly injury reports from the Orlando area parks for the last year, there are about five to 10 injuries each quarter across all the parks, with injuries rising in the last quarter of the year due to holiday travel. The report defines an injury as any incident that occured on a […]

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Orlando Theme Park Injury: 5 Actions to Take Now

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Michael Damaso / 05-04-2018 / Theme park accidents

When you plan to visit Orlando, you’re thinking fun in the sun and gallivanting through the many theme parks ride hopping. Over 250 million people attend theme parks each year. With this many people moving through the usually crowded parks, accidents are bound to happen. That fun can turn detrimental. Whether you are from Florida […]

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Are Theme Parks Underreporting Injuries?

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Doug / 05-14-2015 / Injury

The major theme parks recently released statistics regarding injuries received in the parks during the first quarter of 2015, according to a recent article in the Orlando Sentinel. In the first three months of business there have been only six reported injuries from Walt Disney World and seven from Universal Studios. But what is the basis […]

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Riders Rescued from Stalled Hulk Coaster

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Doug / 03-25-2015 / Personal Injury

Yesterday, March 25, 2015, at around 5:45pm the Incredible Hulk roller coaster at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure came to a sudden and unexpected halt.  For nearly two and a half hours, at least 12 people were stuck on the stalled coaster waiting for rescue. The ride came to a halt near  a platform which […]

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Universal’s Rip Ride Rockit: What Happened?

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Doug / 10-10-2013 / Consumer Safety

If you caught the morning news today, you probably saw a short video and reference to Universal Orlando’s Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster.  Last night 12 passengers on the coaster were stuck for more than two hours near the top of the coaster’s first climb.  Today, we’d like to discuss what happened. According to […]

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Breaking News: Universal Guests Stuck on Roller Coaster (UPDATED!)

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Doug / 10-09-2013 / Consumer Safety

Halting the joys of a day at the park for nearly 12 guests the Rip Ride Rockit Roller Coaster at Universal Studios Orlando has been stuck at the top of its arch for nearly two hours as of this posting.  The Universal guests stuck at a nearly 90° angle just below the peak of the […]

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Deadly Accident Occurs Between Disney Bus and Visitor Vehicle

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Doug / 08-17-2013 / Auto Accidents

A tragic accident occurred yesterday on Disney property, leading many to be concerned over the safety of the theme park operations. A female Orlando resident, passed away yesterday when her vehicle collided with a Disney Magical Express bus near the Epcot theme park. It is unclear how the accident occurred, however reports from the Florida Highway Patrol indicate […]

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Universal’s Rip Ride Rocket Closed Due to Rider Injury

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Doug / 08-02-2013 / Consumer Safety

Details are slim about who was injured and how on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket roller coaster in Universal Park Orlando yesterday.  The only information released by the park is that the rider was female, the injury was minor, and that after treatment she was released back into the park. This minimal information is probably […]

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Texas Giant Wasn’t the Only Recent Theme Park Accident

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Doug / 07-25-2013 / Theme park accidents

The tragic death of Rosy Esparza on Friday wasn’t the only Theme Park Accident in recent news.  In fact there have been a string of recent incidents across the country where rides have failed and amusement park attendees were harmed. There was an incident at Ohio’s Cedar Point, one of the oldest amusement parks in […]

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How Likely Are You To Be Hurt At An Amusement Park

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Doug / 07-24-2013 / Theme park accidents

With this past weekend’s tragedy still in our mind, many will wonder what the likelihood of being hurt, injured or harmed at an amusement park is.  And, if you are injured, what type of injuries are most common? Obviously, given what happened in Texas on Friday, death can occur when visiting an amusement park, but […]

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Another Texas Roller Coaster Closed

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Doug / 07-23-2013 / Theme park accidents

While no injuries have been reported on the Iron Rattler, a Six Flags roller coaster in Texas, its operation has been shuttered.  This temporary shutdown comes in the wake of the tragic death this past weekend. While the reason behind the latest closure seems to be preventative, the original accident has many wondering if the […]

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Tragic Death at Texas Theme Park

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Doug / 07-22-2013 / Dangerous

Little did she know, but Rosy Esperaza’s first trip to Six Flags, would also be her last. This past weekend, Rosy Esperaza lost her life while riding The Texas Giant, one of the monstrous rides at Six Flags Over Texas, and what they coin as the “the world’s steepest drop!” Rosy Esperaza was seated alongside […]

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Disney and Publix Push for “Truth in Damages”

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Doug / 07-11-2013 / Consumer Safety

In a recent Orlando Sentinel article, two large Florida Companies, Publix and Disney World, are pushing for lobbyist to propose a new legislation, which they are marketing as “Truth in Damages.” Essentially, the desired legislation would be as follows: The companies, in litigation, want the jurors to see the actual amount a victim pays for […]

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Amusement Parks- When a Day of Enjoyment Goes Bad

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Doug / 06-04-2013 / Theme park accidents

Although amusement parks can be fun places to visit or work, amusement park accidents can be serious events, resulting in permanent injury and even death.  Visitors to parks can be involved in accidents and may all be eligible to file a suit in the event they are injured at an amusement park. The owners and […]

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Happy Ending to Frightful School Bus Ride

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Doug / 04-06-2012 / Auto Accidents

In this video, a young man’s actions help avert what certainly could have easily been a tragic accident. The students aboard the school bus in the video are helpless after driver suffered a seizure while behind the wheel, and the video shows just how violent the road was before the 17-year-old brought the bus to […]

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Amusement Park Safety Tips

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Doug / 02-08-2012 / Consumer Safety

With spring approaching and tourist season a year-round affair in Orlando, there is no time like the present to freshen up on some safety tips for amusement parks. They are usually a blast, but we would hate to see your vacation ruined by a theme park injury. So keep the following safety tips in mind: […]

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Amusement Park Injuries

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Doug / 02-06-2012 / Consumer Safety

When people think about Universal Studios, Disney World, Epcot Center or any of the major amusement parks in Orlando, they associate the parks with fun times with friends and family, often times a vacation. But these parks do a lot of business each year and have a responsibly to maintain safety standards for their millions […]

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Do I Have a Case Against Walt Disney World?

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Doug / 01-25-2012 / Consumer Safety

Q: My 15-month-old daughter and husband became violently ill after sharing a children’s meal at a restaurant on Walt Disney World’s property in Orlando. My daughter was hospitalized for nausea, vomiting and dehydration. The doctor suspected food poisoning. It took my daughter a month to fully purge her infant system of the toxins and to […]

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Orlando Theme Parks Report 12 Injuries

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Doug / 10-31-2011 / Personal Injury

Theme parks in Orlando this past quarter have reported 12 serious injuries to the state, according to the Miami Herald.  The report is required to be filed quarterly with the state.  Seven of the injuries were reported at Walt Disney World, three at Universal Orlando, one at Seaworld Orlando and one at Wet ‘n Wild. […]

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Legoland Florida To Be Exempt From State Safety Inspections

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Doug / 10-21-2011 / Consumer Safety

Roller coasters and other rides that will be at the new Legoland Florida them park, scheduled to open in Polk County in October, will not be subject to state safety inspections, according to the Orlando Sentinel. State officials agreed to allow Legoland to qualify for a 22-year-old exemption that was originally intended for Disney World […]

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Top Five Florida Theme Park Rides With The Most Lawsuits

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Doug / 09-02-2011 / Theme park accidents

Millions of people visit Florida amusement parks each year. Disney World and Universal Studios are some of the most popular theme park attractions in the world. According to the Themed Entertainment Association, approximately 119 million people visited Disney attractions in 2009. Unfortunately, injuries and accidents are as common as tourists visiting Florida’s amusement parks. In […]

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Wizarding World Theme Park Dragon Challenge Ride Modified After Second Injury

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Doug / 08-26-2011 / Theme park accidents

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Universal Studios has adjusted the popular Harry Potter-themed thrill ride following two recent accidents in which tourists suffered injuries from loose objects. The Dragon Challenge attraction injured a man recently, causing permanent injuries to his right eye. Universal Studios in Orlando said that it has stopped simultaneously launching a pair […]

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Eleven People Stuck on E.T. Ride Due to a Blown Breaker

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Doug / 08-03-2011 / Theme park accidents

According to the Orlando Sentinel, eleven riders had to be rescued from the E.T. ride at Universal Studios after the ride stopped moving. A technical glitch caused the theme park ride to stop and the Orlando Fire Department used a ladder truck to get the people off the website. Officials said the call came in […]

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Primeval Whirl Theme Ride Remains Closed Due To Worker Death Investigation

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Doug / 07-29-2011 / Theme park accidents

According to Orlando Parks News, Disney’s Primeval Whirl located in the infamous Disney’s Animal Kingdom will remain closed until at least September of 2011. The wild mouse coaster claimed the life of a Disney worker in March, the ride will remain closed while the investigation of the accident is ongoing. Another cast member fell on […]

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Children’s Watches Sold At Walt Disney World Subject to Recall

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Doug / 07-27-2011 / Theme park accidents

According to CF News 13, light-up watches sold at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida have been recalled due to being a potential burn risk and tourist injuries. The children’s light-up watches, featuring Disney characters such as Buzz Lightyear, Tinker Bell or Lightning McQueen, were sold at Disney’s theme parks from November to January 2011 […]

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Postal Worker Claims PTSD After Big Thunder Mountain Ride

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Doug / 07-25-2011 / Theme park accidents

A British postal worker visiting Florida’s Walt Disney World claims he was injured while riding on Big Thunder Mountain. George Ramplin, 43, filed papers in court this week alleging that a ride on Big Thunder Mountain caused him to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, an unusual tourist injury , which led him to steal […]

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Keeping Your Children Safe At Disney Theme Parks

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Doug / 07-20-2011 / Theme park accidents

A trip to a Disney theme park can be quite a wonderful time for the entire family. Taking children to very crowded and busy public venues can create unique safety challenges for parents. While having fun, it should be important to always be safe. Parents can enjoy family adventures knowing their children remain protected and […]

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Woman Files Personal Injury Lawsuit Against Universal Studios

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Doug / 05-03-2011 / Theme park accidents

According to the Louisiana Record, a Jefferson Parish woman has filed a lawsuit against Universal Studios after she fell and injured herself while exiting a portable toilet located near a Final Destination IV movie set. The personal injury trial is set to go to trial next year. Debra Pittman claims that she exited the portable […]

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Walt Disney World Monorail Crash Lawsuit Dismissed

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Doug / 04-01-2011 / Theme park accidents

According to MSNBC, a lawsuit against Walt Disney World following a deadly monorail crash in July 2009 has been dismissed. The Disney monorail backed into the front of the train driven by Austin Wuennenberg, 21, killing the young man. Christine Wuennenberg, Austin’s mother, filed a lawsuit against Disney in January 2010, claiming the monorail’s manager […]

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Orlando Theme Parks Protected from Workers Comp Lawsuits

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Doug / 09-24-2010 / Theme park accidents

According to a recent article in the Tampa Tribune, if you are going to bring a case against the Orlando theme parks, you face long odds. Sea World and Disney are two of Central Florida’s biggest employers and both face possible lawsuits stemming from employee deaths. In 2009, a family brought a lawsuit against a […]

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SeaWorld Worker Killed by Whale

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Doug / 02-25-2010 / Theme park accidents

A 34 year-old trainer, living her dream job working with orcas, was attacked and killed yesterday by a killer whale, Tilikum, in a theme park accident  at SeaWorld. Officials initially thought the trainer had fallen into the pool and was attacked by Tilikum.  However, consistent witness statements convinced officials that the orca actually pulled the trainer from […]

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