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Woman Files Lawsuit Against Disney Alleging Brain Injury from Waterslide Incident

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Disney Faces Another Lawsuit Over Waterslide Safety

A woman has recently filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney Parks, claiming that she sustained a brain injury after riding the Humunga Kowabunga waterslide at Typhoon Lagoon in Florida. This case marks the second injury lawsuit involving the same waterslide in recent months, raising concerns about the park’s safety measures and the lack of lifeguards at the end of the ride.

5 Key Points

  • The woman alleges that she was knocked unconscious and left bleeding after riding the waterslide.
  • The lawsuit claims that Disney failed to provide a safe environment and adequate warnings about the absence of lifeguards.
  • The woman’s mother and fiance reportedly sought help from ride attendants, who stated they were not lifeguards.
  • The plaintiff, a 25-year-old from Orange County, is currently undergoing neurological treatment.
  • In October, another woman filed a similar lawsuit involving the same ride, alleging severe injuries.

Lawsuit Details and Allegations

According to the lawsuit, filed Monday in an Orange County, Florida, Circuit Court, the woman’s mother and fiancé discovered her in a “limp” state and bleeding after she exited the ride. When they asked ride attendants for assistance, they were told that the attendants were not lifeguards and that they would need to find lifeguards themselves.

The lawsuit argues that the woman’s brain injury could have been prevented if Disney had stationed lifeguards at the end of the ride to monitor and assist guests. The plaintiff’s lawyer, Richard Russo, stated that the woman’s mother heard her head hitting the slide during the incident.

Plaintiff Seeks Damages and Undergoes Treatment

The 25-year-old plaintiff from Orange County is currently undergoing neurological treatment for the traumatic experience, according to her lawyer. The lawsuit seeks damages exceeding $50,000.

Previous Lawsuit and Safety Concerns

This case is not the first injury lawsuit involving Disney’s Humunga Kowabunga waterslide. In October, another woman filed a suit alleging that the ride caused a “dangerous wedgie,” resulting in severe vaginal lacerations and internal organ damage. Disney has not commented on either lawsuit.

According to the park’s website, the Humunga Kowabunga ride, known as the steepest waterslide in Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, sends riders down a five-story drop at nearly 40mph. These recent lawsuits raise questions about the safety measures and the need for increased supervision and warnings for park visitors.

 

Waterslide Accident at Disney FAQ

What injuries did the woman sustain from the waterslide accident?

According to the lawsuit, the woman suffered a brain injury after being knocked unconscious and left bleeding after riding the waterslide.

 

How many lawsuits have been filed against Disney involving the Humunga Kowabunga waterslide?

As of May 2024, two injury lawsuits have been filed against Disney involving the Humunga Kowabunga waterslide at Typhoon Lagoon.

 

What does the woman’s lawsuit allege about Disney’s safety measures?

The lawsuit alleges that Disney failed to provide a safe environment and adequate warnings about the absence of lifeguards at the end of the ride.

 

How much is the plaintiff seeking in damages?

The lawsuit seeks damages exceeding $50,000.

 

Has Disney commented on the lawsuits?

As of the time of writing, Disney has not commented on either lawsuit involving the Humunga Kowabunga waterslide.

Citation:

1. Kainz, N. (2024, May 24). Woman alleges Disney waterslide knocked her unconscious and caused brain injury in lawsuit. NBC News. 

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