February 20, 2016
A family from Alabama claims that a snake escaped from its cage and bit their son, resulting in a heart attack and the eventual death of the child’s great-grandmother. The family lawyer stated that the family will file a personal injury lawsuit against Disney.
In October 2014, the snake allegedly fell out of a tree onto the 8-year-old boy while he was at the amusement park with his family for the day. The great-grandmother, who was confined to a wheelchair and in her late 80s or early 90s, reportedly saw the incident, began struggling to breathe and went into cardiac failure. She was taken to the hospital the next day and died the following day.
However, a Disney spokeswoman countered that the accusations do not accurately represent the case. The amusement park admitted that the boy was bitten but claims that the snake was a wild snake that was not previously caged. She further stated that the child’s bite was covered with a Band-Aid, and the family continued with their day at Disney. Even so, she did not address the reason for the grandmother’s death. Instead, she stated that Disney has employees to patrol the park, ensuring that guests are safe from any harm inflicted by animals.
The family attorney further reported that he would try to prove negligence on Disney’s part and show that the amusement park failed to protect visitors, including the boy’s family and the great-grandmother. He speculated that a similar incident might have happened to other families and will pursue the case through the courts.
In order to win a personal injury lawsuit, you attorney will first need to prove negligence in court, which means that he or she will need to show that the person or company is legally responsible for your injuries. In some cases, your lawyer will be able to settle the case through negotiations without going to court. In other cases, he or she will need to litigate the case on your behalf.
Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/family-threatens-lawsuit-disneys-animal-kingdom-snake-bite-grandmother-death/ and http://www.clickorlando.com/theme-parks/attorney-family-claims-snake-bit-boy-at-animal-kingdom-causing-grandmothers-death