In a paper review, it was found out that Disneyland’s theme park in Anaheim, California had been slapped with approximately 140 lawsuits alleging slip-and-fall accidents and other personal injuries over the past five years.
Additionally, while Disneyland had accumulated some 140 cases to date, Knott’s Berry Farm in nearby Buena Park had been found out to have 50 personal injury lawsuits against it since 2007, according to a report from The Orange County Register.
The said newspaper’s analysis of lawsuits likewise showed several major causes of visitor injuries at both Disney’s California Adventure and Knott’s Berry Farm. The review also revealed that most cases reached out-of-court settlements while others were simply dismissed.
At present, slip-and-fall accidents are the most common cause of personal injuries at Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland, concluded by the OC. In fact, nearly a third of all lawsuits against the said theme parks were filed under the category of slip-and-fall, which includes tripping and falling or slipping on the ground, sidewalk or floor.
The OC noted in their report a case of a woman who slipped on broken eggs that were left undone on the floor of Goofy’s Kitchen in a Disneyland hotel. The case reached an out-of-court settlement.
Some of the remarkable cases settled by the said theme parks include the following:
• A man who filed a lawsuit against Disney when one of its workers accidentally poured hot coffee on his arm
• A man who charged Knott’s when a wagon-wheel bench rolled over when he sat on it causing him to stumble onto the ground on his back
• A man who sued Disney after he was hit by a metal sheet that exploded off a snack stand near him
The personal injury lawsuits over the past five years against Disney and Knott’s revealed by the said review rarely reached the court. Meanwhile, the theme parks are said to have a public-relations scheme to immediately and discreetly settle cases, a law professor revealed to OC.
In fact, since 2007, both Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm lost just a single lawsuit each. Disneyland was said to have paid a woman with more than $500,000 after a food court umbrella blew over and hit her head, which led her to suffer from seizures. Knott’s, on the other hand, was revealed to have paid a woman $71,000 after she tripped on a curb and fractured her ankle.
Nevertheless, if compared to the combined number of visitors of both theme parks which totals to 25 million a year, the number of their slip-and-fall cases and other personal injury claims is actually small.
Due to the enormous land area that both theme parks occupy, it is pretty impossible for their maintenance department to keep the theme park premises totally safe and a hundred percent free from all hazards that may cause personal injuries, such as slip-and-fall accidents and tripping. Therefore, a Los Angeles slip-and-fall lawyer suggests that when you plan to go to theme parks, you should be very careful and attentive, and if any incident of personal injury occurs, immediately call for authorities to investigate your case and to make sure that you won’t be taken for a ride.