How To Claim Compensation For Accidents At Funfairs And Fairgrounds Guide – How Much Can I Claim For Personal Injury

By Fern Easton. Last Updated 26th February 2021. Welcome to our guide on fairground accident claims and funfair accident claims. Fairground and funfair accident claims are more commonplace than you may think. Studies show that the number of accidents that happen in theme parks, funfairs and fairgrounds are on the rise. If you sustained an injury as a result of a fairground accident, you could be entitled to file a personal injury claim against a negligent third party.

Funfairs and fairgrounds are popular venues that people enjoy going to, but there are risks and dangers associated with them. There are strict health and safety guidelines in place which are there to protect not only the public but employees too. Funfair and fairground owners have a duty of care to keep you safe, and this applies to the designers, those who construct rides, those who organise events, those who are involved in the maintenance of rides and people who operate them.

If you, a loved one, or a family member has been injured while attending a funfair or fairground event due to the negligence of a third party, you could be entitled to file a personal injury claim against them. At Accident Claims, our team of legal experts have years of experience in successfully filing fairground and funfair accident claims for many people in the past.

If your child was injured at a funfair, fairground or playground, one of our personal injury solicitors would assess your case before advising on how best to proceed with a playground and fairground accident claim, having worked on many such cases in the past.

To find out more about how an Accident Claims personal injury solicitor can help you understand the procedures that are needed in fairground and funfair accident claims, please click on the Select a Section below. Alternatively, you can call us on 0800 073 8801, where we’ll be happy to discuss your claim.

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A Guide To Fairground And Funfair Accident Claims

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Funfair and fairground accident claims

Unfortunately, the number of fairground accidents in the UK is frighteningly high, even though there are stringent Health and Safety regulations in place. Funfairs, fairgrounds and even playgrounds can become dangerous environments if these are ignored. Owners, organisers and ride controllers have a duty of care under the law to ensure that rides are correctly maintained and in good working order. Failure to do so could result in you suffering a fairground accident injury through their negligence.

Although built and constructed to a high standard, accidents at funfairs and fairgrounds do happen mainly because there are so many health and safety risks involved, whether it’s an electrical issue, a mechanical failure or other. This, together with the fact that a large number of people are milling around, can lead to all sorts of things going wrong, resulting in you sustaining an amusement park injury.

Under Health and Safety Executive legislation, owners, managers, event organisers, ride controllers, and other people involved in the running of a funfair or fairground must keep you safe when you are in their care. Equipment must be correctly maintained and inspected regularly, and if they fail to do and you are injured, they would be held negligent in their duty of care. In short, you could be entitled to file a personal injury claim for compensation against them.

At Accident Claims, we have vast experience in working with clients on a No Win No Fee basis and have filed many successful fairground accident claims in the past. On top of this, one of our specialist child accident claim solicitors can walk you through the process of filing this type of claim should your child have been injured at the fairground. To find out more, please call us today.

What Are Funfair And Fairground Accidents

Fairground and theme park accident claims are filed against owners and people who run them mainly due to people and children sustaining slight/minor injuries when they visit these parks. However, over recent years there have been some very serious accidents that resulted in children sustaining extremely severe, life-changing injuries. These accidents highlighted just how important the Health and Safety regulations are and why they must be adhered to at all times.

Attractions & fairground ride accidents can involve a defective ride, but there are other ways you can be injured when visiting them, which are detailed below:

  • Defective rides
  • Mechanical failure
  • Safety barriers fail to protect visitors
  • A falling sign
  • Hazardous areas that could cause you to trip and fall
  • Food hygiene is poor

When it comes to the most common injuries sustained at funfairs and fairgrounds, these are as follows:

  • Cuts and bruises
  • Lacerations
  • Whiplash
  • Head injuries
  • Broken bones/sprains

Statistics For Funfair And Fairground Accidents

With so many people involved in the construction, management, maintenance and running of funfairs, fairgrounds and theme parks, establishing responsibility for an accident can often prove challenging. If you sustain a fairground injury because of a defective ride, liability could fall to the manufacturer or the person who installed the ride. It might also be a park owner/organiser’s responsibility, and they could be held negligent for not having carried out the necessary safety checks on the equipment.

The chart below shows that accidents befalling members of the public in fairgrounds have been on the decline between 2015 and 2018, with the number of accidents falling from 446 to 369.

 fairground accident claims funfair accident claims statistics graph

Source: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2019-01-29/213367

Although the rate of accidents among fairground workers is significantly less than accidents involving members of the public, these kinds of accident have been on the increase in the years.

If you or one of your children sustained a fairground injury, an Accident Claims personal injury lawyer can assess your case before advising you on how best to proceed in filing a personal injury claim against a negligent fairground owner or another responsible third party.

Videos Of Funfair, Theme Park And Fairground Accidents

Fortunately, the majority of fairground and theme park accident claims are backed up by videos of the incident as it happened, which strengthens your case should you or one of your children sustained a fairground injury and need to file a claim for compensation.

Under UK law, owners, operators and organisers have a duty of care to keep you safe and to inspect and correctly maintain all equipment/rides at all times. Failure to do so could result in a serious accident occurring, and if you sustained a fairground injury as a result of their negligence, you would be entitled to file a personal injury claim for compensation against them.

An Accident Claims personal injury lawyer is ready to take your call, and having worked on many successful fairground and funfair accident claims for clients in the past, would be able to offer essential advice on how best to proceed.

What Steps Should You Take If Your Or Your Child In Injured At A Funfair Or Fairground?

Proving liability in fairground and funfair accidents can prove challenging, and as such, it is essential that you gather as much evidence as you can because the more you have, the more it strengthens your case against a negligent third party. With this said, the most essential thing to do is seek medical attention as a matter of urgency, even if you think your injury is minor. The next steps you must take are detailed below:

  • Report the incident to the appropriate people, whether a ride attendant or other, and make sure they record it in an accident report book
  • Take photos of the accident and your injuries
  • Request CCTV footage if available
  • Take note of all witness information, including their names and contact details
  • Keep all medical records of your injuries

If you need further legal advice on how to file your personal injury claim for compensation following a fairground accident, whether you or a child was involved, please do not hesitate in contacting an Accident Claims personal injury solicitor today.

Claiming Compensation For Fatal Funfair And Fairground Accidents

Should a loved one have been fatally injured while visiting a funfair, fairground or theme park, it’s essential that you speak to a legal expert because you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim on their behalf. At Accident Claims, we work hard to ensure that you receive the level of compensation you rightly deserve for the pain and suffering you had to endure through the loss of a loved one.

We would assess your case and take into account whether or not the family member you lost was the primary earner in your household, making sure that the compensation awarded takes any financial burdens you have to endure into account. The things that would be included in your personal injury claim are detailed below:

  • General damages
  • Funeral expenses
  • Medical costs
  • Punitive damages
  • Loss of benefits
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • The loss of ongoing protection and care
  • The loss of potential future inheritance
  • The loss of savings
  • A bereavement award

If you would like to speak to an Accident Claims personal injury lawyer about fairground and funfair accident claims, please get in touch today.

What Are the Long-Term Consequences Of Fairground Accidents

If you or a family member were involved in a fairground accident, you might be suffering some long-term effects of the experience. The psychological effects of this type of incident can even lead to you suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You may need to seek counselling if you are struggling to cope with the memory of the accident.

If you need legal advice on how to go about filing a personal injury claim against a fairground, funfair or theme park owner or other third party because they were negligent in keeping you safe whilst in their care, an Accident Claims personal injury lawyer with years of experience handling successful fairground and funfair accident claims can explain what is often a complex procedure and how best to proceed with your case, so you are awarded the level of compensation you rightly deserve.

Common Fairground And Funfair Injuries

There are various injuries you can sustain while visiting a funfair, fairground or theme park, with some being minor whilst others are extremely severe and which can leave you marked for life. The most commonly reported fairground and funfair accidents are detailed below:

  • Bruising
  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Burns
  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Severed limbs
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Which Types Of Rides Most Commonly Cause Accidents?

Funfairs and fairgrounds are busy places with lots of visitors milling around at any one time. There are many risks and hazards to contend with, and although an incident can happen anywhere and at any time, studies have shown that certain rides put you most at risk of being injured, and these are detailed below:

  • Children’s rides
  • Family rides
  • Ferris wheel rides
  • Flying coaster rides (ski jump)
  • Extreme thrill rides
  • Circular rides
  • Bouncy castles
  • Swings
  • Trampolines
  • The waltzers
  • Octopus
  • Dodgems
  • Skid (swirl)
  • Mont Blanc (airways)

The most commonly reported causes of an accident on these rides are as follows:

  • Fire
  • Electrical failure
  • Insufficient protection on rides
  • Carriages come off tracks
  • Collisions
  • Badly maintained tracks
  • Signal failure
  • Mechanical and/or hydraulic failure
  • Rides stopping abruptly

Slips, Trips, And Falls In Fairgrounds

Another commonly reported funfair and fairground accident involves tripping and falling because an area was not correctly signposted as being hazardous, whether it’s a step or other unidentified risk. Slips, trips and falls are quite commonplace when visiting a fairground, funfair or theme park. A wet floor can result in you slipping and injuring yourself. A pothole that’s not coned off could result in you tripping and falling, resulting in a serious injury.

To find out if you have a strong case to file a personal injury claim against a negligent third party, whether it’s a fairground owner or event organiser, please contact Accident Claims today and an experienced personal injury lawyer would assess your claim before advising you on how best to proceed having successfully worked on numerous fairground and funfair accident claims in the past.

Fairground Accident At Work Claims

It’s not only visitors to funfairs, fairgrounds and theme parks who are at risk of being injured because employees and ride controllers can also get injured whilst at work.

If you suffered an injury while working at a funfair or fairground and would like to know if you could file a personal injury claim against a negligent employer/owner, at Accident Claims a personal injury solicitor would be able to establish liability before advising you on best to proceed while at the same time proving essential information using our personal injury claims calculator on how much you may be awarded in a successful claim.

To find out more about fairground and funfair accident claims at work, please contact Accident Claims today.

Popular And Leading UK Funfair And Fairgrounds

There are many funfairs, fairgrounds and theme parks all over the country, and they are all extremely popular venues that attract millions of visitors annually; these are detailed below:

  • Windsor Safari Park
  • Thorpe Park
  • Chessington World of Adventures
  • Paramount London
  • Wicksteed Park
  • Rhyl
  • Paultons Park
  • Southport Pleasureland
  • Sundown Adventure Land
  • Oakwood Theme Park
  • Pleasureland Arbroath
  • Drayton Manor Theme Park
  • Joylmm
  • Bream Leisure Park
  • Knowsley Safari Park
  • Adventure Island
  • Brean Leisure Park
  • Lightwater Valley
  • Ocean Beach Pleasure Park South Shields
  • Longleat Safari Park
  • Landmark Forest Adventure Park
  • Legoland Windsor
  • Barry’s Amusements
  • Adventure Wonderland
  • Woodlands Family Theme Park
  • Brighton Pier
  • Funland
  • Flamingo Land Resort
  • Gulliver’s World
  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach
  • Gulliver’s Land
  • Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
  • West Midland Safari Park
  • Twinlakes Theme Park
  • Robin Hill
  • Pleasurewood Hills (East Anglia)
  • M&Ds, Scotland’s Theme Park

What Steps Should You Take After A Fairground Accident?

It’s essential to gather as much evidence as possible following a fairground or funfair accident because the more you have, the stronger your case would be. Should you be seriously injured, seeking urgent medical attention is crucial. If possible, someone else should report the incident to the relevant people ensuring that the incident is written down in an accident report book.

Other evidence that is needed to strengthen a personal injury claim against a negligent third party is detailed below:

  • Photographic evidence of your injuries
  • Photos of the accident and where it occurred
  • Witness contact details
  • Medical report

Starting a personal injury claim could not be easier, and you have 3 years to do so starting from the date of the funfair, fairground or theme park accident you were involved in. At Accident Claims, we offer a free, no obligation consultation, which allows us to assess your claim, establish liability and gather as much information about the incident as possible.

We would work with you on a No Win No Fee basis all the while respecting the personal injury claims time limit associated with this type of personal injury claim. If needed, we can also recommend a local medical practitioner who would be able to provide an independent medical report of the injuries you sustained in a fairground or funfair accident.

To find out more about how to go about filing fairground and funfair accident claims, please give us a call today.

What Can Funfairs And Fairground Claims Include?

Fairground and funfair accident claims can include several things, namely out of pocket expenses you incurred as a direct result of the incident and the injuries you sustained. These are detailed below:

  • General damages
  • Travel expenses
  • Medical expenses that are not covered by the NHS
  • Loss of earnings
  • Loss of projected earnings
  • Care claim should you need help doing day to day things in the home
  • Child care
  • Cost of counselling

Calculating Compensation Claims For Accidents At Funfairs And Fairgrounds

The personal injury claims calculator below provides an insight into how much you may be awarded in a successful claim. The figures are based on Judicial College Guidelines and on past cases. However, the amount you may be awarded could differ from the amounts shown in the table because every personal injury claim is unique. As such, you may be awarded more or less than indicated.

Injuries/reason for compensationAmounts awardedNotes
Fatal accident Up to £22,350Calculated on the time of death whether immediate or at a later date
Head injury that has caused a permanent vegetative state£205,58 to £379,100
Head injury that has caused a moderate impairment £14,380 to £205,580
How much compensation would depend on the degree of severity affecting quality of life etc.
Head injury that is quite minor and has left no serious impairment£2,070 to £11,980
How much compensation will depend on how bad the head injury is.
Facial injury involving permanent disfigurement£3,710 to £91,350
Amount awarded depends on the level of disfigurement
Facial injuries that will leave no permanent disfigurementUp to £34,480Facial injuries usually seen in this bracket could include broken nose, a broken cheek bone, broken jaw.
Injuries resulting in permanent blindnessUp to £252,180Amount might be higher depending on the circumstances
Loss of vision in one eyeUp to £168,730Amount awarded would depend on the extent of the vision loss
Loss of both arms£225,960 to £281,520
 
Loss of one armUp to £128,710Amount awarded would depend on where arm is amputated
Loss of both hands or loss of use in both hands £132,040 to £189,110
 
Loss of finger(s) or thumb(s)Up to £85,170 
Elbow injury resulting in no or only minor impairmentUp to £30,050
Amount awarded depends on the level of movement remaining
Elbow injury with permanent impairmentUp to £51,460 If both elbows are injured the amount awarded could be significantly higher
Loss of both legsUp to £264,650Depends on the position of the amputation (e.g. below or above knee)
Loss of one legUp to £129,010Depends on position of amputation
Loss of two feet£158,970 to £189,110
 
Loss of one foot£78,800 to £102,890
 
Severe leg injury£36,790 to £127,530
Depends on extent of injury and long-term prognosis
PTSD - post traumatic stress disorderUp to £108,620This can occur several months after the event that triggered the disorder
Loss of earnings£5,500 to £550,000+Awarded when a person is unable to work which results in a loss of income for the time it takes for them to recover

No Win No Fee Funfair, Fairground, and Theme Park Injury Claims

A Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) allows an Accident Claims personal injury lawyer to begin work on your personal injury claim following a funfair or fairground accident without the need to request an upfront fee or retainer. Working with us on a No Win No Fee basis takes all the financial burden of seeking legal representation when you need it the most off the table.

An Accident Claims personal injury solicitor with years of experience filing successful fairground and funfair accident claims for clients in the past would work hard to ensure you are awarded the level of compensation your rightly deserve for the pain, suffering and damages you sustained through the negligence of a third party.

The only time we would raise an invoice for the agreed fee set out in the CFA would be when a judge rules in your favour and we deduct this fee directly from the amount awarded. If your personal injury claim is unsuccessful, there would be nothing to pay for the legal representation we provided.

Why Use Accident Claims UK As Your Claims Service?

At Accident Claims, we have successfully worked on many fairground and funfair accident claims in the past and have won the level of compensation that our clients rightly deserved following a funfair, fairground or theme park accident that left them injured, whether slightly or severely.

A specialist personal injury lawyer would work hard on your personal injury claim. We provide a no-obligation, initial consultation that is free of charge, and this allows us to gather as much information about the incident before advising on how to proceed. We would advise you of the personal injury claims time limit that is typically associated with your claim and provide you with an idea of how much you may be awarded using our personal injury claims calculator.

Our team of legal experts have years of experience in their fields and in-depth knowledge of the complexities involved in fairground and funfair accident claims, taking the worry of filing a personal injury claim against a negligent third party off your shoulders.

We would work with you on a No Win No Fee basis taking all the financial pressure of seeking legal representation off the table, and our claims lines are open 24/7, 7 days a week, so we never miss your call when you need legal advice following a funfair, fairground or theme park accident.

Accident Claims is recognised nationally as being a trustworthy legal advice provider. We are recognised by The Law Society as well as the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Contact Accident Claims UK Today And Start Your Claim

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To speak to an Accident Claim personal injury solicitor directly, please call us on 0800 073 8801; our claims lines are open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

If you prefer, you can email us at office@accidentclaims.co.uk a personal injury lawyer will get back to you as soon as possible.

Funfair accident claims- FAQs 

Can you claim against a fairground for whiplash?

If you’ve suffered whiplash as a result of a rollercoaster accident or any other kind of fairground accident, and it was the result of someone else’s negligence, then you might be able to make a claim.

Under the Occupier’s Liability Act 1957, the “occupier” or person in control of a public space has a duty to you as a visitor to make sure that you can safely use the space for the purpose it was intended. Failure to do this constitutes a breach of duty of care and could result in you being able to make a fairground accident claim.

What is the average payout for a fairground injury claim in the UK?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the question, “how much will I receive for my fairground accident?”. All claims are assessed on a case-by-case basis, so without knowing more about your circumstances, it’s hard to place a value on your claim. As well as the type and severity of your injuries, your compensation amount will be decided based on your answer to questions like:

  • Did you take any time off work because of your injuries?
  • Is your ability to work in the future be affected by the injuries you’ve sustained?
  • Did you need to pay for any medication or treatment yourself?
  • Have you incurred any travel expenses that you wouldn’t have were it not for the accident taking place?

If you’d like to speak to one of our expert advisors to see how much your claim could be worth, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today.

Useful Links

If you’re a funfair worker who’s sustained an accident while working that wasn’t your fault, read our guide below for more information on your rights:

Accidents at work- what are my rights?

Have you suffered from concussion in an accident for which you weren’t to blame? If so, you could be entitled to compensation. Read our guide below to find out more:

Concussion injury claims

For information on making a claim for psychological injury, read our helpful guide by clicking the link below:

Psychological injury compensation claims

If you are planning a trip with the kids to a funfair, fairground or theme park, the following link provides essential information on keeping the children safe during the visit:

Keeping children safe at funfairs and fairgrounds

If you would like to know more about a ride controller’s responsibilities, please follow the link below:

More about a ride controller’s duty of care

If you’d like information on how to spot a broken bone, read the NHS guide linked below:

How do I know if I’ve broken a bone? 

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