Disney sued for last year's fatal Disneyland accident

Posted Thursday, December 2, 2004 10:25 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A woman injured in the Disneyland Big Thunder Mountain Railroad accident last year has sued the Walt Disney Co., saying she suffered back injuries in the accident that killed a 22-year-old man and injured nine others. Her lawsuit alleges the entertainment giant has been negligent and continues to engage in conduct unsafe for the public.

Read more from The Orange County Register.

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Thursday, December 2, 2004 10:50 AM
There have been one or two "incidents" since the fatal crash on Big Thunder though I think they did not result in injury. It shouldn't surprise anyone that Disney is being sued for the original accident. It should have never happened.
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Thursday, December 2, 2004 11:50 AM
I would presume that all of the injured parties will probably file law suits, and most of them will be settled out of court. Disney's lawyers and/or their insurer's lawyers will talk to the victims lawyers and the amount will be decided. I'm guessing that there will probably be one or two where they can't agree and things go to court. It's how damages get determined in this country.
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Thursday, December 2, 2004 12:45 PM
Jeff's avatar Yeah, for better or worse, I think it's a slam dunk. The accident was clearly not something you'd categorize as "stuff happens." It could've been prevented.
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Thursday, December 2, 2004 2:32 PM
I think she should be compensated for her medical bills and lost earnings as a result of the accident. But when she is seeing a psychiatrist for being involved in a accident like this i forsee a big scam job for money due to alleged emotional trauma.
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Thursday, December 2, 2004 2:39 PM
Jeff's avatar I'm sorry, but how many people have you seen die in a violent accident right in front of you?
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Thursday, December 2, 2004 4:16 PM
kpjb's avatar Not only that, but it's not like you can run away from it... you're restrained in the coaster next to the person that is dying/deceased. I'm sure if someone was killed near me and I just had to sit there and look, it'd be traumatizing.
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Thursday, December 2, 2004 4:21 PM
Yea... wasn't the man who was killed partially decapitated in the accident? I'm pretty sure that I would be traumatized if that happened within 10 feet of me. This women deserves every penny she gets from this lawsuit... Disney should have never let something like this happen.
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Thursday, December 2, 2004 10:57 PM
I have seen numerous people die in front of me, some were shot to death, some were stabbed,some were suicide's and some were car accidents, though none were the result of a roller coaster accident. Granted it is part of my job to deal with people who die by various means(im a police officer) but i havent needed any medical help to deal with it and while im sure the lady was upset due to the accident, im also sure this is part of a "scheme" to get more money by claiming the need for decades of therapy to deal with this incident.
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Friday, December 3, 2004 8:23 AM
A scheme? I'm the last one in the world to defend lawyers and frivolous lawsuits but if I saw person get decapitated right in front of me at the "Happiest Place on Earth" I might be a little traumatized by it.
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Sunday, December 5, 2004 8:39 AM
I'm a medical professional that works with catastrophically ill patients, many of whom are on life support, therefore, I see death everyday. I am certain that if I saw someone die in such a traumatic manner in front of me I would be devastated, traumatized etc. In my profession we often make jokes and become desensitized to the depression that we're exposed to everyday, but you sort of expect that because it's what your job entails. A lay person does not have these expectations when they and their family are visiting an amusement park. I believe that the jokes we - as medical professionals and professionals that deal with death on a daily basis - make or what ever we do to try and distance ourselves from these situations IS our therapy. When I say jokes I do not mean hurtful comments towards the pt. heard by them or their family member just comments that help lighten an already bad situation. Sorry sooo wordy.
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Sunday, December 5, 2004 10:47 AM
Mamoosh's avatar It seems pointless to second-guess the motives of a woman that I assume none of us know personally.

*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 12/5/2004 10:48:03 AM ***

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Sunday, December 5, 2004 7:51 PM
klynn has it right.

If you are exposed to the life cycle on a daily basis it doesn't seem so traumatic. However, if you see an accident and you see somebody die and that's not something you see every day it's going to be quite tramatic.

I work at a hospital where I often have direct contact with people who are entering hospice care or are just expected to not make it through the night. I see that several times a week and it's still something that really hits me on the way home after work.

Don't question why this woman is having issues with what she saw. You are not her, you do not know what she saw, and you do not know what she normally sees on a daily basis.

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