Even though amusement parks like Thorpe Park have to meet rigorous safety standards, this doesn’t mean that a serious Thorpe Park accident can never happen. There have been several serious accidents at the park. And of course, there is a myriad of minor accidents that could occur, such as slips, trips or falls that a visitor to the park could suffer.
This online guide will go over the process of making a personal injury claim for an accident that resulted in a Thorpe Park injury. You may have questions that this guide doesn’t answer fully. If this is so, we can still assist you. Just call our claims team on 0800 073 8801. One of our claim advisers will talk through your claim with you and answer any questions you have. They will also be able to explain to you how one of our solicitors could be a good choice for having your claim processed.
Select A Section:
- A Guide To Theme Park Accident Claims Against Thorpe Park
- What Do We Mean By Thorpe Park Accidents Or Injuries?
- Causes Of Theme Park Accidents
- Thorpe Park Roller Coaster Accident Claims
- Slip Or Fall Accidents At A Theme Park
- Accidents Caused By Unsafe Or Damaged Rides
- Theme Park Customer Safety Barrier Accidents
- Fatal Accident Claims Against Thorpe Park
- Evidence To Prove A Theme Parks Liability
- Calculating Personal Injury Claims Against Thorpe Park
- Special Damages You May Be Able To Claim
- No Win No Fee Accident An Injury Claims Against Thorpe Park
- Start Your Theme Park Accident Claim Today
- Essential Resources
A Guide To Theme Park Accident Claims Against Thorpe Park
The online guide will cover the process of making a claim against Thorpe Park, for victims of an accident at Thorpe Park. We will cover many of the most common accidents at a theme/amusement park. We will also aim to answer questions such as, has anyone died atThorpe Park? We start this guide with a basic definition of what a Thorpe park accident is.
The middle part of this guide covers some specific, common types of theme park claims. This includes roller coaster accidents, and accidents on other theme park rides due to poor maintenance. We also cover slip, trip and fall accidents and accidents caused by ineffective safety barriers. Finally, we cover fatal accidents, and look at the kinds of evidence you may need to submit in support of your claim.
The last part of this guide relates to aspects of the claims process itself, this includes a discussion of the financial considerations. You will find a table that shows possible ranges of compensation for a number of different injuries. You will also find a list of the types of damages that claimants commonly attract as part of their overall compensation settlement.
Lastly, you will find an overview of our core service offering, and how we can provide you with a solicitor who will work under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to process your claim. Meaning you don’t pay anything unless your claim is successful. For more information, and to find out which personal injury claims time limit will apply in your case, call our claims team on the number at the bottom of the page today.
What Do We Mean By Thorpe Park Accidents Or Injuries?
An accident at Thorpe Park would be any instance of Thorpe Park rides causing harm to a person riding on them, and also more minor accidents such as slips, trips and falls. Theme park rides are generally very safe. Safety requirements are stringent. But from time to time a ride does injure a visitor to the park. For example, in 2014 a young girl was injured whilst riding on Loggers Leap at Thorpe Park. We will look at several accidents involving rides further down this guide.
No matter what kind of accident you are injured in, if it can be proven that the direct or indirect cause of the accident was the operator of Thorpe Park, you could be able to make a compensation claim. In some instances, the claimant may have partially contributed to the accident themselves. In this case, Thorpe Park would agree on a reduced level of liability. This would be expressed as a percentage, and would be used to calculate any compensation paid. For example, if the defendant agrees to 70% liability, the claimant would receive 70% of the maximum level of compensation possible. For more information about liability and your eligibility to make a claim, speak to a member of our claims team
Causes Of Theme Park Accidents
There are many reasons why a personal injury solicitor may need to help a claimant make a compensation claim for an accident at Thorpe Park. Not just serious accidents involving one of the rides, but also less serious accidents. Some of the hazards at an amusement park can be:
- Faulty walkways and damaged pavements causing a slip, trip or fall
- Ineffective or poorly maintained safety barriers
- Damaged or faulty rides
- Vehicle accidents in the theme park car park
- Food-related illness such as food poisoning contracted through eating food in an eatery within the park
These are some of the common hazards, but there are, of course, many more. No matter how an accident was caused, if it injured a visitor to the park, and the responsibility fell to the park operator, we could be able to help the victim make a claim for compensation. Speak to our claims team to learn more.
Thorpe Park Roller Coaster Accident Claims
Thorpe Park has a number of rides that could be classified as a roller coaster. This includes Swarm, Colossus, Nemesis Inferno, Flying Fish, The Smiler, Oblivion and Vampire. The park has a very good safety record regarding rollercoasters, and there is yet to have been a Thorpe Park roller coaster accident.
Rollercoasters present some very specific safety hazards, such as:
- An ineffective safety harness allowing a rider to fall out
- Damaged seats moving and crushing a rider
- Ineffective safety barriers, allowing a spectator to be struck by the ride
Slip Or Fall Accidents At A Theme Park
A slip, trip or fall accident is a very common kind of accident that every personal injury lawyer will deal with from time to time. Common hazards that can result in this kind of accident are:
- Damaged roads and public footpaths – potholes, broken paving slabs, etc
- Spillages – food, drink, water, or oil for example
- Inadequate lighting – in a stairwell or entryway
- Damaged floor coverings – torn carpets, warped wooden floorboards, cracked tiles, etc
These hazards can all easily lead to a slip, trip or fall accident. If it can be proven the amusement park owner was to blame for the hazard, we could be able to help the victim make a compensation claim for the harm suffered.
Accidents Caused By Unsafe Or Damaged Rides
We have already explained how every ride is regularly inspected to ensure that is it safe. Yet despite this, accidents do still happen from time to time. Thorpe Park does have a pretty good safety record, but there have been some ride-related accidents in the past, including:
- A Thorpe Park accident in 1987 – involving the Rumba Rapids ride, when an 11-year-old boy was thrown from the ride and he lost an ear
- There was a Thorpe Park accident in 2000 – involving the ride at Thorpe Park, X: No Way Out when an 11-year-old boy fell out of the ride. He broke both legs and suffered permanent brain damage
- A Thorpe Park accident in 2014 – involving the Loggers Leap ride, when a 14-year-old girl was injured due to being crushed by a safety bar
- There was a Vortex Thorpe Park accident in 2018 – where a piece of foam broke away from the ride during operation, and luckily, nobody was injured, as the ride was stopped quickly
- And finally, in 2000 there was a major fire, which started in Ranger County Thorpe Park. The fire engulfed several rides including Mr. Rabbit’s Tropical Travel, and then spread to Wicked Witches Haunt. The fire was eventually put out, and nobody was injured
These examples all show how despite the best efforts of the park operator, serious accidents on rides can and do happen from time to time. If the park owner is to blame for an accident on a ride, we could be able to assist the injured party in making a claim.
Theme Park Customer Safety Barrier Accidents
This section will discuss accidents caused by a safety barrier, and will answer questions such as, is Loggers Leap still at Thorpe Park? And why did Loggers Leap at Thorpe Park close?
Loggers Leap is no longer hosted at Thorpe Park, it was closed down at the end of the 2015 season. Loggers Leap was the cause of one of the most highly publicised of all UK theme park accidents.
There was a Thorpe Park accident in 2014 that injured a 14-year-old girl who was riding on Loggers Leap. The girl suffered damage to her legs and knee joint, due to being crushed against the safety bar. The claim was made due to the fact the attendants had allowed too many people onto the ride, making it unsafe, and forcing people into the safety barrier. This was found to be true, and the claim for injuries sustained in Thorpe Park accident on Rumba Rapids was successful.
Safety barriers are regularly tested, and form part of the safety checklist when a ride is being inspected to decide whether it is safe to operate. Therefore, any accident involving a malfunctioning or ineffective safety rail, could be deemed as being the fault of the park operator, and a claim could be possible. If you need more information about claiming for an accident involving the safety bar on a ride, speak to our claims team today.
Fatal Accident Claims Against Thorpe Park
The answer to the question, has anyone died at Thorpe Park? Is no. The park has a fairly good safety record, with no fatal accidents involving one of the rides to date. However, this does not mean that there will never be a fatal accident at Thorpe park. In the cases of a fatal accident, three separate legal entities will be in a position to potentially make a claim, and these are:
- Any dependants of the deceased
- The close family of the deceased
- The deceased’s estate
Evidence To Prove A Theme Parks Liability
Part of the process of making personal injury claims, is proving that the defendant was liable for causing harm to the claimant. In order to do this, evidence can be submitted in support of the claim, for example:
- Photographs that show the scene of the accident and how it was caused
- Witness testimony, explaining how the accident happened
- A medical report, detailing the severity of the injuries that the claimant suffered
- Documents losses, such as bills, invoices and receipts that show how the claimant has lost out financially due to the accident or their injuries
Calculating Personal Injury Claims Against Thorpe Park
There are ways to get a rough estimate of how much compensation you could claim. You might be able to find a personal injury claims calculator to get a rough idea. You can also use this table below to look up the compensation range for your injuries.
|What Type of Injury?||How Severe Was It?||Possible Compensation||Information|
|Injured hand||Minor to moderate||Up to £12,460||Here, we are including all minor to moderate injuries to the skin (burns, cuts, etc.) and soft tissue injuries (sprains and strains), as well as minor fractures and also dislocations. All injuries that would heal completely within 6 months fit into this category.|
|Moderate to serious||£12,460 to £79,360||More serious injuries, such as compound fractures and serious musculoskeletal injuries. Severe soft tissue injuries such as torn ligaments or joints, as well as a deep puncture wound or lacerations and serious burns. In the worst case, these injuries would leave the victim with an impairment. All injuries that fall short of amputation.|
|Amputation||£102,890 to £189,110||The loss of a single hand, or both.|
|Injured arm||Moderate to severe||£11,820 to £122,860||More serious injuries, such as compound fractures and serious musculoskeletal injuries. Severe soft tissue injuries such as torn ligaments or joints, as well as a deep puncture wound or lacerations and serious burns. In the worst case, these injuries would leave the victim with an impairment. All injuries that fall short of amputation.|
|Minor to moderate||Up to £11,820||Here, we are including all minor to moderate injuries to the skin (burns, cuts, etc.) and soft tissue injuries (sprains and strains), as well as minor fractures and also dislocations. All injuries that would heal completely within 6 months fit into this category.|
|Amputation||£102,890 to £281,520||The total loss of one arm below the elbow, to both arms at the shoulder.|
|Injured back||Moderate to severe||£36,390 to £141,141||More serious injuries, such as compound fractures and serious musculoskeletal injuries. Severe soft tissue injuries such as torn ligaments or joints, as well as a deep puncture wound or lacerations and serious burns. In the worst case, these injuries would leave the victim with an impairment.|
|Minor to moderate||Up to £36,390||Here, we are including all minor to moderate injuries to the skin (burns, cuts, etc.) and soft tissue injuries (sprains and strains), as well as minor fractures and also dislocations. All injuries that would heal completely within 6 months fit into this category.|
|Injured neck||Moderate to severe||£36,120 to £139,210||More serious injuries, such as compound fractures and serious musculoskeletal injuries. Severe soft tissue injuries such as torn ligaments or joints, as well as a deep puncture wound or lacerations and serious burns. In the worst case, these injuries would leave the victim with an impairment.|
|Minor to moderate||Up to £36,120|
|Injured foot||Minor to moderate||Up to £23,460|
|Moderate to very severe||£23,460 to £102,890||More serious injuries, such as compound fractures and serious musculoskeletal injuries. Severe soft tissue injuries such as torn ligaments or joints, as well as a deep puncture wound or lacerations and serious burns. In the worst case, these injuries would leave the victim with an impairment. All injuries that fall short of amputation.|
|Amputation||£78,800 to £189,110||The loss of one foot, or both feet.|
|Injured leg||Moderate to severe||£36,790 to £127,530|
|Minor to moderate||Up to £36,790|
|Amputation||£91,950 to £264,650||The total loss of on leg below the knee, to both legs at the hip.|
Although this table is based on the actual Judicial College Guidelines used by UK courts and insurers to value a claim, it only gives the range of compensation. To get a more accurate estimate based on your own circumstances, call our claims team who will arrange for a solicitor to value your claim for you.
Special Damages You May Be Able To Claim
If your claim is successful, you would be offered a compensation settlement by the defendant, or be awarded one by the courts. The settlement will be made up by potentially a number of different types of damages, for example:
- Special damages for non-physical loss:
- Loss of future prospects due to reduced working capacity
- Loss of current earnings due to missing work
- Medical fees for private medical treatment you paid for
- Care costs for hiring a nurse, etc
- Travel costs to reimburse you for out of pocket expenses
- General damages for physical harm:
- A permanent disability such as loss of use of a limb, lowered mobility or
- Long-term recovery and painful treatment
- Phycological damage such as depression, anxiety, or new phobias
- Pain and suffering during the accident
- Stress and trauma caused by being involved in an accident
No Win No Fee Accident An Injury Claims Against Thorpe Park
We can offer you a solicitor who will process your claim under a No Win No Fee agreement. What this means is, that you don’t pay anything at all unless your claim is successful. You don’t pay to start the claim or while it is being processed. You also don’t pay if the claim is unsuccessful. When the claim is successful, the solicitor will deduct their pre-agreed fee from the money they received from you. So, as you can see, this removes many of the financial risks of making a claim. For more information about this service, please speak to one of our claim advisers today on the number below.
Start Your Theme Park Accident Claim Today
Have you been injured in an accident at Thorpe Park that wasn’t your fault? Do you think you might have the basis of a successful claim? If so, please contact our claims team on 0800 073 8801. A claim adviser will talk over your claim with you, and tell you what legal options you have. If you wish, we can provide you with a solicitor to process your claim for you.
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