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How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Theme Park Accident?

By Marlon Cooke. Last Updated 30th March 2023. Welcome to our guide on theme park accident claims. Theme parks are meant to provide a fun experience. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. While accidents are rare, they do happen, and visitors end up injured because of the negligence of others. If this is something that has happened to you, you may be able to make a claim for theme park accident compensation.

While we cannot take away the pain and suffering, we can make sure that you do not suffer financially because of it. After all, why should you have to experience a loss of income and medical expenses because of an accident that was not your fault?

We will be with you every step of the way, and we aim to make the claim process as straightforward and stress-free as possible. So, to get started, read on to find out everything you need to know about theme park accident claims.

You can also get in touch with us at any time to speak to an expert advisor about your claim. If they think your theme park ride accident claim could be successful, they could connect you with one of our solicitors.

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What Should You Do if You or Your Child Has Been Injured in a Theme Park Accident?

If your child has been injured at a theme park, you may be able to claim on their behalf. If you don’t, your child will have three years from the date of their 18th birthday to make a claim on their own behalf.

A child can’t start a claim on their own behalf before their 18th birthday, but a representative such as yourself or another close relative could potentially start a claim for them before they become an adult. A representative which claims on behalf of another injured party in a compensation claim is formally known as a litigation friend.

Who is Responsible For Theme Park Accidents?

The primary responsibility to ensure that a theme park is made practically safe will fall on the party that is in charge of the theme park. However, there are individual services and businesses that can operate within a theme park. The parties in charge of these services will also face a similar responsibility to ensure the relative safety of any area they oversee, or service they provide.

Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 these parties will owe a common duty of care to all visitors and users of their premises. This is a responsibility to ensure their health and safety as best as they practically can. If this is not done, they may be held liable for injuries caused by an unsafe environment or service.

If you have suffered an injury in a theme park, you can reach out to one of our advisers for more information about who could be held liable for your injuries. They can also provide you with information about claims for serious theme park accidents in the UK, or theme park deaths and fatal accident claims.

Legislation that theme parks must adhere to includes:

Who Can Claim For a Theme Park Accident?

You are able to claim for a theme park accident so long as the following applies:

  1. The accident was caused by the negligence or error of someone else.
  2. The accident happened within the past three years.
  3. You suffered some form of physical or mental injury.

Parents can also claim on behalf of their children, and you can make a claim if you have lost a family member due to a fatal theme park accident.

2023 Compensation Payouts For Theme Park Accidents In The UK

Part of your settlement will be calculated specifically in relation to the pain and suffering your injuries have caused you. This figure is known as general damages. A theme park accident can result in a variety of physical and psychological injuries. Additionally, all of these ailments can vary in how severe they are.

Legal professionals will require certain materials and resources to assist them in their calculations for your compensation. For instance, they will address your medical evaluation. They will also turn to a publication that contains a comprehensive list of injuries and a rough value in general damages. This publication is called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), and was last updated in 2022. You’ll find some example JCG entries in the table below. The amounts should be used only as a rough guide.

In order for your claim to be valued accurately, it will need to be individually assessed. All claims are unique, so amounts will vary.

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Injury Severity Compensation
Injuries Affecting Sight Loss Of Sight In One Eye £49,270 to £54,830
Injuries Affecting Sight Minor £3,950 to £8,730
Back Injury Severe £38,780 to £160,980
Back Injury Moderate £12,510 to £38,780
Back Injury Minor Up to £12,510
Neck Injury Severe Up to the region of £148,330
Neck Injury Moderate £7,890 to £38,490
Neck Injury Minor Up to £7,890
Leg Injury Loss Of Both Legs £240,790 to £282,010
Leg Injury Less Serious Up to £27,760

If you’ve been injured in an incident such as a fairground accident, or even if you’ve lost someone due to a death at a theme park, our advisors are here and ready to offer free guidance. Get in touch today.

What Are the Most Common Theme Park Accidents?

Some of the most common accidents at fairgrounds and theme parks occur because of:

    • Lack of protection on a ride
    • Accidents on amusements and games
    • Fire
    • Electrical failure
    • Carriages coming loose from rides
    • Collisions
    • Unsafe tracks
    • Failed signals
    • Mechanical or hydraulic failure
    • Rides stopping suddenly

It does not matter how the accident occurred, or what ride it was on, so long as it can be proved that someone else is to blame. You can also claim for injuries that were caused due to food poisoning, as well as slips, trips, and falls.

What Kind of Evidence Do You Need to Claim For Theme Park Accidents In The UK?

It is always our aim to secure the maximum theme park accident compensation amounts for our clients. To do this, the more evidence we can gather, the better. Let’s take a look at some of the evidence that can help to boost your case:

  • Photographs – If you have any photographs of the accident scene or your injuries, they could help to strengthen your claim.
  • Witness statements – We will aim to get statements from anyone that witnessed the accident.
  • Proof of expenses – Please keep any receipts relating to the accident, as well as proof of loss of income. This enables us to claim for this as special damages.
  • Medical report – Your doctor will put together a medical report that details your injuries, the extent of them, and the treatment recommended.

Why Choose Us For Your Theme Park Accident Claims Service?

We know that a lot of people don’t make a claim for compensation because they are worried about legal expenses. This is something you do not need to worry about when you choose our service. All of our theme park injury solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis, offering you a degree of financial protection.

No Win No Fee means that you will only need to pay legal fees if your case is a success, in which case the fee will come from the compensation payout. If, for some reason, we are unable to secure compensation for you, you won’t need to pay legal fees. This eliminates the financial concern, and it also reassures you that we only take on cases that we believe have a genuine chance of success.

Why Choose Us When Claiming For Theme Park Accidents In The UK?

We take pride in our customer-centric approach. Your needs will always be our main priority.

We will listen to your version of events and ask all of the necessary questions so that we can provide the best advice for you. Our legal advice comes with no obligation, and it is completely free of charge. We will take you through all of the steps that are involved in claiming, so you can have a full understanding of what is entailed, and we will be with you every step of the way.

It is always our aim to secure the maximum amount of compensation possible, and we always operate via a No Win No Fee service. This means that you can always be certain that you will never be out of pocket due to making a claim.

Call For Free Advice And To Start a Claim

If you have been injured in a theme park accident that was not your fault, all you need to do is give our friendly and professional team a call on 0800 073 8804. We will happily answer any queries you have, and our legal advice comes at no cost to you.

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