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What Happened In Water Rapids Ride Accident That Killed Four?

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Theme Park Accidents

What Happened In Water Rapids Ride Accident That Killed Four?

At least one Florida theme park is shutting down its water rapids ride in response to a fatal water rapids ride accident at an Australian theme park that killed four adults. According to Central Florida News 13, Busch Gardens in Tampa has decided to shut down its Congo River Rapids water ride while investigators in Australia try to determine why two people were thrown from the Thunder River Rapids ride at the Dreamworld theme park in Queensland, Australia, and killed, and two others were killed while still within the ride. Thunder River Rapids features large, multi-person rafts that float down a not-so-lazy river. It is not considered particularly dangerous. The ride is considered to be family-friendly and even allows children to ride. There is no word as to whether the other large theme park operators in Florida — Universal Studios and Walt Disney World — plan to shut down their similar rides such as Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges at Islands of Adventure, or Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As we have written previously here, many people do not realize that the rides at the large Florida theme parks are not safety-checked by the State of Florida. Our thoughts are prayers obviously go out to the surviving families of the victims. A theme park is almost the very last place most people would expect to suffer such a staggering loss. We represent people who have been injured, or who have lost loved ones in accidents at Florida’s theme parks, including ride injuries. If you have any questions regarding a potential case or claim, please call me or Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or visit...

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Injured On Vacation In Florida? Your Case’s Value Might Surprise You…

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Theme Park Accidents, Types of Accidents, Uncategorized

Injured On Vacation In Florida?  Your Case’s Value Might Surprise You…

We are fortunate enough to frequently be asked to represent travelers who have been injured in accident while here in Central Florida on vacation, or on business. One of the more frustrating aspects of representing people from outside of Florida is the difference of opinion that often arises regarding the value of a personal injury case here in Central Florida.  Many people who vacation here from other parts of the United States, or even other parts of the world, seem to think that injuries that occur due to accidents in Florida automatically generate large amounts of money.  Many people have the mistaken belief that just because they have been injured at one of the large theme parks or resort properties, that a large check will soon be forthcoming.  Similarly, many people think that Florida juries are more likely than most to render large jury verdicts in favor of those injured on holiday. Having been a personal injury lawyer practicing law in Central Florida for more than the past 20 years, I am surprised at the inflated value that many visitors seem to place on their Florida personal injury cases.  I am not really sure how these people come up with their personal injury case valuations.  After all, most of them have never handled a personal injury case before — and particularly not one here in Central Florida.  Nevertheless, we seem to be constantly tempering the expectations of these, admittedly, injured people. The problem is not that our firm does not want to help these people receive compensation.  The problem is that there are certain realities in the legal and civic landscape here in Central Florida that make it challenging to deliver a favorable result for an injured tourist  (uncooperative defendants, conservative juries, defendants have strong local influence, etc.).  These factors do not necessarily exist in other places in the United States or the world.  After all, Florida is not New York — no matter how much some might hope. Despite these challenges, we always guarantee our clients two things:  (1) we will always give an honest and objection appraisal of a personal injury claim, and (2) we will always fight hard for our clients  — even the New Yorkers (and perhaps, especially, the New Yorkers.) If you have been involved in an accident here in Florida while on vacation or here on business, please call Winter Park personal injury lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901.  We are always available to answer your questions, and we handle cases across Florida.  Consultations are always...

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Fall Didn’t Kill Woman, But Disney Could Be Liable For Wrongful Death Anyway

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Recent News, Theme Park Accidents, Types of Accidents, Wrongful Death Claims

Fall Didn’t Kill Woman, But Disney Could Be Liable For Wrongful Death Anyway

The surviving family of a woman who was injured on the Jungle Cruise ride at Walt Disney World has filed a wrongful death suit against the Central Florida theme park operator, even though the woman was nowhere near death when she left the park on the date of her accident. To a typical layperson, this scenario might not seem right.  But, as a Florida theme park injury lawyer, I think the law on this issue is completely fair and reasonable. According to WFTV.com, the decedent was a mother who broke her leg trying to safely hold her daughter while she entered the Jungle Cruise ride.  Her family believes that someone at Disney should have helped her board, and that their failure to do so represented negligence that was the legal cause of the woman’s original leg injury. The original leg injury was significant, and required the injured woman to be taken from Disney by ambulance to a local hospital.  Her leg required surgery, and less than 24 hours after returning home after her surgery, the young mother suffered a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot) that killed her. Under Florida law if the clot is related to the woman’s surgery, and the surgery was required as a result of Disney’s original negligence, then Disney can be held liable for the wrongful death of the mother — and therefore might have to pay damages to the woman’s surviving husband and children. Any other result would not fairly compensate victims of negligence.  Negligence only has to be one of the causes of the ultimate harm, not the only cause, in order for the careless person to be held liable. If you have any questions regarding a Florida wrongful death case, a theme park accident, or Florida’s intervening cause law, contact Winter Park personal injury lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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