Man sues Disney World after Christmas Parade fall

A man filed a slip and fall lawsuit against Disney World for an accident that occurred when he visited the theme park in Orlando, Florida, in December 2015.

Michael Amabile was allegedly injured at Magic Kingdom while waiting to view the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade. He claimed he tripped over a sidewalk that was invisible due to the area’s lights being turned off. In addition, Amabile accused the theme park’s staff of failing to warn him about the hazardous step.

Amabile is seeking an unspecified amount of damages from Disney World. Company officials have defended their theme parks’ overall safety but not commented on the lawsuit.

According to an Orlando Sentinel report, the majority of lawsuits at Florida amusement parks arise from slip and fall accidents rather than rides and attractions. The newspaper examined 477 lawsuits from between 2004 and 2008. They found 46 percent of cases involved individuals who experienced falls while visiting a Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando or Busch Entertainment Corp. theme park or resort.

Both tourists and Florida residents enjoy visiting the state’s many theme parks. However, they also expose themselves to the risk of injury from unexpected slip and fall accidents. Hazards such as slippery surfaces near water rides, tossed food items on sidewalks or cracked walkways can cause visitors to get hurt.

It is important to note that determining fault can be more complicated than it might seem. If you were injured and you believe someone else is fully or partially to blame, contact Chalik & Chalik to learn more about your rights.