Is the risk of serious injury the cost of fun at theme parks?
In recent years there have been a number of high profile serious injuries and deaths at UK theme parks and amusement parks around the world. While such incidents are still fortunately relatively rare, they are likely to be of growing concern to anyone considering visiting a theme park and in particular to parents whose children want to visit a theme park.
For most people, going to a theme park is a fun day out, but if you want to make sure you and your family stay safe, we have some useful tips, as well as information on what to do if you or your child have been injured at a theme park.
How to stay safe at theme parks
The following tips can help you and your family to stay safe when visiting a theme park.
Do your research
Before visiting an amusement park, make sure to do some research into their safety record. This can usually be done relatively simply by Googling the name of the park, which should bring up details of any serious incidents which have occurred there.
Pay attention to the rules
A common cause of injury at theme parks is customers not following the rules. This includes people sneaking onto rides they are too young for and failing to keep their arms or legs safely tucked in when advised to do so. In many cases, simply familiarising yourself with and following the park’s safety guidelines is enough to significantly reduce the risk of injury.
Keep young children in sight at all times
Theme parks tend to be busy places where it can be easy for parents to lose track of their children. However, it is important to bear in mind that there are often dangers away from the rides, such as areas of water that can present a risk of drowning for children.
Making sure your children stay in sight at all times means they are much more likely to stay safe and you can monitor which rides they go on, so you can be comfortable that they are not taking any unnecessary risks.
Know your limits
There have been several incidents in recent years of people having heart attacks either during or immediately after riding high-intensity attractions at theme parks. If you know you have a heart condition or other issues with your health, it is strongly advisable to speak to your doctor before going to a theme park to make sure you stay safe.
What to do if you or your child has been injured at a theme park
If you or your child has been injured at a theme park, you are likely to be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. This can be essential in helping you to pay for treatment and rehabilitation, supporting you if you need to take time off work and helping you to make any necessary adaptations to cope with your injury.
Serious injury claims can be complicated and time-consuming, which is why it is usually advisable to contact a specialist personal injury solicitor for help pursuing a claim. They will be able to advise you on the strength of your case, how much you are likely to be able to claim and how long the process could take. They will then be able to start a claim for you and give you the best chance of achieving success.