Can You Claim Compensation For An Accident At A Theme Park? – View our online guide

By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 29th April 2021. Welcome to our guide on theme park accident compensation. Places such as fairgrounds, theme parks, and amusement parks can be wonderful places to visit and if everything goes well, you and your friends, or family will have a good time. However, what happens if you are injured as a result of an accident at a theme park or fairground?

In this guide we will look at the risks inherent to theme parks, and how to make a claim for an accident at a theme park as either a visitor or as an employee. We also look at how theme park accident compensation is calculated. 

Whilst accidents at theme parks and similar places are rare, they can and do happen. Due to the nature of the rides and equipment in use, a theme park injury can have devastating consequences for the injured person.

In 2015, the ‘Smiler’ roller-coaster at Alton Towers malfunctioned, leading to sixteen people suffering injuries, so of which were devastating and life-altering. Victims were able to sue the amusement park for compensation, and the operator, Merlin Entertainment, was later fined £5 million. Accidents and injuries such as these can be caused by mechanical failure or operator negligence.

Have you had an accident at a theme park?

If you have suffered an injury at a theme park you could be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries, and the effects it has had on your life.

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Accident at a theme park

After any major accident or injury, one of the last things on your mind is claiming compensation. However, doing so can give you the financial support you need at a potentially difficult time. This is where Accident Claims UK can help you. Whilst we can’t mitigate your injuries, by getting you the compensation you are entitled to, we can help to mitigate its effects, such as lost income or out of pocket costs.

Our team will be with you through the claims process, from start to finish. We will make sure everything is explained in a straight forward way and that we remove the stress from you.

You can find out more in the rest of our guide below and when ready, call us on 0800 073 8801

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A Guide To Claiming Compensation For An Accident At A Theme Park

If you have experienced an injury at a theme park that was not your fault, whether caused by the negligence of a person or the operator as a whole, you could be entitled to claim theme park accident compensation. Your claim can be made for your injuries, as well as any costs incurred as a result of them.

Theme park operators and staff must observe stringent health and safety legislation. This extends to those designing, building, and maintaining the equipment in use, and the premises as a whole. It should also be noted that an accident at a theme park could also include things such as burns in the restaurants, or slips, trips, and falls anywhere in the park. Our team can help you claim for a theme park injury to yourself, or a loved one.

What Is An Accident At A Theme Park?

Accidents at a theme park can come in all major shapes, sizes, types, and severities. You could have suffered a burn at a theme park restaurant, a slip, trip, or fall in the park in general, or serious injuries on a ride. However your accident happened or however severe the injuries suffered were, if they were caused by someone else’s negligence you could claim compensation.

To make a successful claim, you need to bring your case within three years of the incident, and be able to clearly show someone else was at fault.

Fatal Theme Park Accident Videos

Please note, the video below contains information some may find distressing.

In this video from YouTube, we can see examples of deadly accidents and injuries which have happened on or because of theme park rides that were caught on video. Video evidence can be powerful in a claim but is not necessary.

Fatal Theme Park Accident Claims

As with any type of fatal accident, if a loved one has been miles in any type of accident at a theme park, then relatives or other eligible loved ones can claim compensation for their death.

You can make a bereavement compensation claim, for damages as well as the cost of your loved one’s funeral, any medical costs you or they had to pay, or other costs and damages incurred.

Can You Make Theme Park Accident Claims On Behalf Of A Child?

Do you need to make a theme park accident claim for an injury affecting your child, or a child you are responsible for? If so, Accident Claims UK can help.

A day out with children at a theme park should be a fun-filled activity, however, accidents can happen. If a child is injured at a theme park you have three years in which to bring your claim on their behalf. If you choose not to make the theme park accident compensation claim for them, after they turn eighteen, they then have three years in which to sue for amusement park injuries.

Who Is Liable For Your Injuries Caused By A Theme Park Accident?

In the UK there are stringent health and safety laws and regulations which confer liability on various parties for the construction, maintenance, and operation of theme park equipment, machinery and premises. Breaches in these regulations could mean people are injured in an accident at a theme park.

The owners and operators of theme park machinery have a legal obligation to make sure all the rides, equipment, and areas of their park are safe for both employees, and members of the general public to use, ride on, or be in. If these obligations or guidelines have breached, the theme park operator or owner could be found to be negligent and held liable.

Anyone operating a theme park, amusement park, or similar premises needs to follow the legislation listed below.

If any of these regulations have been breached, the owner or operator could be found negligent and face a fine, as well as your theme park accident claim.

Injuries Commonly Sustained In A Theme Park Accident

A theme park accident can leave you with both physical and psychological injuries some of which could be with you for the long-term. You may be able to claim for several of these at the same time in your claim. The personal injury claims solicitor which we can provide you with can help determine which you can include in your claim.

Common injuries which you could sustain on a ride and include in a theme park compensation claim include the following:

  • Amputation injuries, such as seen in the 2015 Alton Towers cases.
  • Burn injuries.
  • Injuries to the back and spine.
  • Traumatic brain or other injuries to the head and neck.
  • Injuries to the chest or abdomen.
  • Fractures.
  • Cuts, lacerations, and bruises.

Check if you could be owed theme park accident compensation by getting in touch with our team.

Can You Make An Accident At A Theme Park Claim For Injuries On A Rollercoaster

Perhaps the most prominent case of a theme park accident involving a roller coaster was the 2015 crash at Alton Towers. This collision led to several riders suffering very serious injuries, such as a severed limb. This case serves to illustrate the degree of risk involved in the operation of such equipment, and how much care should be placed in running them.

You can claim for an amusement park accident involving a rollercoaster as long as you can clearly show that someone else was either negligent or was liable for your accident at a theme park.

Who Is Eligible To Make A Theme Park Ride Injury Compensation Claim

As with any type of personal injury claim, there are several categories of people who are eligible to make theme park ride accident claims. As long as you can satisfy the criteria below, you could be able to make a claim.

  1. You can show that someone else was at fault in your accident and that this was the cause of your injuries.
  2. That the accident or discovery of your injuries happened in the last three years.
  3. That you have a medical report detailing your injuries.
  4. That you are making a claim for yourself, or someone you are responsible for, such as a child.

You can also make a claim on behalf of a loved one who died as a result of their injuries.

What Are The UK’s Most Popular Amusement Parks?

The most popular theme and amusement parks in the UK include those listed below, as well as many others. If you have been injured in any of these, contact us today to make a theme park accident compensation claim.

  • Alton towers
  • Thorpe Park
  • Legoland Windsor
  • Chessington World Of Adventure
  • Drayton Manor
  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach
  • Paultons Park
  • Flamingo Island
  • Oakwood Theme Park
  • Adventure Island
  • Crealy Adventure Park
  • The Milky WayDreamland Margate

This list is by no means exhaustive and there are many other theme parks, amusement parks, and similar operators across the UK. If you have had an accident at any of these, contact our specialist team.

What Types Of Accidents Commonly Happen In Theme Parks?

Some of the most common types of accidents which happen at theme parks, and especially in rides include the following:

  • Inadequate safety for people on rides
  • Accidents and injuries involving games and other activities.
  • Fires and burns.
  • Failures in electrical systems.
  • Your carriage coming loose whilst in operation.
  • Carriages colliding on a ride.
  • Tracks which have not been maintained properly.
  • Various mechanical failures such as signalling problems or failures in hydraulic systems.
  • Breaking failures.

There are many other examples of an accident at a theme park too.

What Can I Include In An Amusement Park Accident Settlement?

At Accident Claims UK we will always go through the effects your accident and injury have already had on you, as well as their future long-term effects. We will then assess what the maximum amount of theme park accident compensation you could be awarded will be. We will also advise you on the different things which could be included in your theme park ride injury compensation claim. These may include the following, as well as other types of compensation.

General damages compensation which is paid out and based on how much physical suffering and pain or post-traumatic stress you are experiencing as a result of your accident and injuries. This will be calculated on reports from an independent medical examination which can be organised for you.

The cost of this medical exam, as well as other medical costs and expenses, can be recovered as part of your claim. If you had to pay for emergency transport to a hospital, or emergency medical costs, or ongoing expenses, such as prescription medication, this can all be included in your claim. If you will need further treatment in the future, the costs of this can also be calculated and included in your claim.

As well as the types of theme park ride injury compensation outlined above, you can also claim compensation for any other costs you have faced as a result of your amusement park injury, these can be recovered as well. If your accident led you to suffer PTSD and require ongoing counselling, you can claim for this. You can also claim for any income lost as a result of taking time off work.

Remember, keep receipts for any costs you have had to meet as these may be needed as evidence in your claim.

Theme Park And Amusement Park Accident Settlements

Finding out how much compensation you are owed through a personal injury claim compensation calculator can be difficult. How much you could be awarded for your theme park injuries or post-traumatic stress caused by it. Your theme park accident compensation claim will always be based on your individual physical or mental injuries, and as such, we can only give you an estimation of how much compensation you will be awarded. Each and every claim is always treated uniquely and so the figures presented below are representative of what people could be awarded for different injuries.

Nature of injuryComments and notesSettlement
Amputation - below the elbowRemoval of the arm, below the elbow. £90,250 to £102,890
Amputtion - above the elbowRemoval of the arm, not at the shoulder. £102,890 to £122,860
Amputation - whole armComplete loss/ removal of the arm at the shoulder.Not less than £128,710
Amputation - two arm(s)Complete removal of two arms£225,960 to £281,520
Arm injury - severe (b)Severe injury impeading the use of the limb permanently.£36,770 to £56,180
Hand injury - serious damageComplete loss of use of both hands.£52,310 to £79,360
Loss of two hand(s)Loss caused by surgical amputation or functional loss.£132,040 to £189,110
Big toe amputationComplete removal of the big toeapprox £29,380
All toes are amputatedRemoval of all the toes on a foot.£34,270 to £52,620
Single foot amputationLoss/ removal of one of your feet£78,800 to £102,890
Two feet amputatedLoss/ removal of both of your fet£158,970 to £189,110

The figures in the table above are illustrative of what you could be awarded. The actual amount of compensation you are awarded can and may vary.

No Win, No Fee Theme Park Ride Injury Compensation Claims

One of the biggest historical reasons for people not taking legal action, such as suing an amusement park, has been the prohibitive cost of doing so. Even today, many people still worry about how much it will cost them to take legal action. With the advent of no win, no fee claims, this no longer needs to be the case. All of the solicitors which we can provide are able to offer their clients what are called conditional fee agreements.

By using a personal injury solicitor or lawyer provided by us under such an agreement, you will not be assuming any financial risks. You won’t have to pay them anything to take on your case, or whilst they are working on it. You will only pay if you are given a theme park accident compensation settlement for your accident at a theme park. If they can not get you this award, you will not have to make any payments to them. If they are successful, you will have your award to pay them from. Before you sign any agreements with them, your personal injury lawyer will talk you through the contract and fully explain how their fees work, and how much you will pay if your claim is successful.

Accident Claims UK is happy to offer services under such an agreement as it removes any financial barriers to making a claim which could have been preventing you from taking action.

How Accident Claims UK Can Help You Make A Claim For An Accident At A Theme Park

At Accident Claims UK we can help to advise you on how to sue a theme park for accidents or injuries to yourself, a loved one, or a child. We can also help you to claim compensation as a result of a fatal accident. We will always aim to place you and your needs at the heart of everything that our team does. We will also aim to maximise how much compensation we can secure for you, doing so as quickly as possible, and with as little stress to you as can be.

We will start by discussing the events with you and our advisors will ask questions which will help us to put your claim together. When we discuss your claim in a free consultation you will be under no obligation to make your claim with a solicitor provided by us. And, if you do choose Accident Claims UK, we could provide a solicitor to you under a no win, no fee agreement as outlined above.

Start Your Claim For An Accident At A Theme Park Today

Were you injured as a result of an accident at a theme park? Was someone else to blame for what happened to you? If so, our specialist team of advisors could help. Contact us today by calling 0800 073 8801, or by using the chat feature or button above to request a call back from a friendly agent. We are ready to help you start your no win, no fee personal injury claim for theme park accident compensation today.

Helpful Links And Further Advice

Pub Or Bar Accident Claims
Find out how to claim compensation for an accident which happened in a pub or bar.

Restaurant Accident Claims
A theme park may also contain restaurants run by a third party if so, find out how to make a claim against them in this guide.

Spinal Injury Claims
Find out when and how you could claim compensation for a spinal injury.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Traumatic incidents, such as an accident at a theme park could cause you to suffer PTSD. Learn more about claiming for this psychological injury.

Theme Park Accident Compensation Claims FAQs

Can you sue an amusement park?

If you were injured in an accident in a theme park that was not your fault, you could have the right to make a personal injury claim. Each case is different and whether you can make a claim or who the claim will be made against depends upon the circumstances of your accident.

How will I know if my claim is valid?

Our team will be able to advise you on whether or not we think we could help you make a claim and if we could offer to handle your case on a No Win No Fee basis.

Can you sue a theme park for whiplash?

Whiplash may be caused by your head and neck being forcibly moved back and forward or side to side. The movement can damage the ligaments, tendons and muscles of the neck causing injuries that may last for a few weeks, months or even longer.

But could theme park rides specifically cause whiplash?

Whilst whiplash may be commonly associated with road traffic accidents, roller coasters and other theme park rides which cause rapid head and neck movement could cause whiplash. Such rides could cause an injury if the seat height, seatbelt or head support are not correctly adjusted. If you can show that the rides operator was negligent you could make a claim.

What are the two types of injury claims?

These are compensatory and punitive.

And what are the three types of damages?

Now, these are economic, non-economic and punitive.

What is the difference between damages and compensation?

Damages cover suffering itself, whereas compensation is for the value of the injury’s impact.

How are damages calculated?

This is done by determining the severity and long-term effects of the injury alongside the circumstances of it.

Thank you for reading our guide about theme park accident compensation claims. We hope you have learned a lot about situations causing an accident at a theme park.