Posted Monday, March 17, 2003 4:04 AM | Contributed by supermandl
A group called Access Now recently filed a lawsuit against Dollywood, saying the park is not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Read more from WATE/Knoxsville.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
As I became disabled a few years ago (no big deal nowadays but it freaked me out at the time) I have found I have become a 'target' for ambulance chasers. If they have reps on the street then I tend to be 'targeted' with a *sympathetic (ie patronising)* face.
If this was a park looking to actively keep disabled patrons out of *sight* then sue with my blessing. I have to say though that it looks like just another 'get rich quick' scheme where the main benefactor is the lawyer who took the case on.
If I appear to be ranting, I apologise - I just don't like being a 'cash cow' for anyone :( I go with the flow - if I can't ride I'm not gonna throw all of my toys outta the crib, I'll look outside the box. See you all on Dragster in 2004 :)
life is sweet even on elbow crutches ;)
Sometimes they may not be able to go the same exact way as the flow of traffic but they CAN reach every attraction with little or no trouble.
This is what I like to call a fishing expedition where this group is just fishing for some quick cash and they picked someone who can do NOTHING about the problem other then what they already have.
Flying over metal is a beautiful thing!
life is sweet
When disability groups such as this sue public accomadations, the objective is usually to improve access, not to obtain any sort of significant cash settlement. Except in extreme cases or employment related suits, there usually isn't a whole lot of money available in disability lawsuits. That's why you don't see many lawyers advertising on television for these cases.
In fact for many disability related cases lawyers want cash up front before they will represent you. The exception is when there is a personal injury or malparctice case involved, then the ambulance chasers move in.
Kingbob wrote this.
I wonder why they filed it against Dollywood directly. There are many other parks out there who are much more unfriendly to Handicapped Guests.
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