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Reporting Amusement Park Injuries

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You go to guest services and complain. They listen, but you can tell this is getting nowhere. A manager comes to talk to you, this, too, is getting nowhere. So what do you do? What are your options?

The parks should have the state amusement ride office information on hand. They’re in charge of looking into your complaints. It’s hit or miss, though, and here lies the problem. Let’s say your back was thrown out of whack by a ride, but the state and the park find there was nothing mechanically wrong with the ride. See the problem? It’s an out for many amusement parks. They will pin the problem on you — it’s your own fault for riding. There were signs telling you how intense the ride is so it’s your fault.

Two of Orlando’s newest roller coasters recorded multiple rider injuries during the second quarter of the year, according to updated filings from Florida’s big theme parks. At Universal Orlando, a 36-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman each experienced back pain after rides on the year-old Hollywood Rip Ride Rock it coaster at Universal Studios Florida.

Interesting that Busch Gardens – Tampa did not report any injuries — their Gwazi roller coaster is one of the roughest wooden roller coasters out there. Back and neck injuries being the most common type of injury in 2010.

Been injured at an amusement park? Observed unsafe conditions? Want to know when a ride was last inspected? You can view an updated list of state agencies and the extent of their oversight on Amusement Safety Organization online.