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Camel Pays Big Bucks in Personal Injury Case

The Virginia Safari Park in Natural Bridge, VA is a drive-thru zoo, which can give visitors a more personal experience with the animals and see them in their natural habitat. Earlier in the month, they also reached a settlement with a 10-year-old girl’s family after a camel bit her during their trip to the park. In May of 2015, the Holland family visited the park for a birthday party, but left with more than just a goodie bag. During their drive through the park, their young daughter had the window down in order to feed the animals and suffered serious injuries to her forearm after being bitten by the camel. After filing a personal injury case with the Virginia Safari Park, the Holland family will receive $155,000 as settlement for this case. Since the Holland’s daughter is not an adult, she will not receive any compensation until she is 18. Around $40,000 will go towards the medical expenses for her arm and trauma care. Once she turns 18, she will receive $10,000 and then after she turns 21 she will receive $1,000 each month for 12 years. In parks like these, customers are encouraged to drive with the windows down or ride on wagons in order to feed animals like zebra, llamas, and camels. This was one of the biggest reasons they were able to reach a settlement like this, the child and family did nothing wrong. The zoo is not reconsidering the drive-thru aspect of their park because this is one of the first incidents with these animals. Filing a personal injury case can be tiring, but worth...

Theme Park Safety Tips

Theme parks are a great way to have fun as a family. There are rides that are suitable for everyone’s comfort level, delicious foods, and fun activities like parades and live shows. We’ve compiled a list of safety tips to keep in mind for your next theme park vacation to avoid any serious injuries and make for a memorable trip! 1. Wear Sunscreen When walking around all day in a huge theme park, it’s important to apply sunscreen 20 minutes before arriving, and reapply regularly. No one wants to deal with a stinging, itchy sunburn on their vacation. Set a timer on your phone to help you easily remember when it’s time to reapply.   2. Stay hydrated It’s important to keep yourself hydrated to avoid serious health issues that could wind up ruining your family vacation. Symptoms of dehydration can include dry mouth, dizziness, headaches, and confusion. To avoid these complications, have each member of your family or group carry a reusable water bottle and refill at water fountains often. You can even get a nifty one with a strap for hands-free fun!   3. Keep your health in mind If you have a known condition that could be agitated by intense rides, know your limits. If you’re prone to motion sickness or have high blood pressure, heart, back or neck pain, inner ear infections, or experience Claustrophobia, some theme park rides can present a health risk. Some roller coasters involve sudden turns or flips, fast speeds, and safety restraints that can agitate conditions. Roller coasters are also not recommended for women who are pregnant. If you have an...