Lawsuit says E.T. ride crushed boy's foot at Universal Studios Florida

Posted Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:19 AM | Contributed by Jeff

An 11-year-old Brazilian boy on vacation had his foot and leg crushed while he rode the E.T ride at Universal Studios Florida in late January, according to a lawsuit filed by his mother. The family seeks $15,000 in damages.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 1:09 PM

$15,000? I don't know anything about the incident or the law, but that number seems way lower than what I would expect.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:48 PM

“Universal” health care.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:42 PM

They're Brazilian, they probably didn't know that in America you're supposed to request "70 bajillion dollars" and let the lawyers work their magic.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 5:20 PM

^ *$70 Brazillion.

If only $15,000, I can't imagine Universal not having settled it already.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 5:51 PM

zoug68 said:

^ *$70 Brazillion.

So, about 18 bucks?

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 6:26 PM

I really call bs on this, that ride has these broom brush device on the platform before the edge comes and the few times my foot has been near the edge those brushes have forced the edge of my foot away from that edge. There is no way you’re foot gets stuck without you willfully fighting to keep your foot there.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 6:42 PM

I don't think you appreciate how much money some tourists from Brazil have. A friend of mine, also from there, is a Realtor who typically serves them, and a ton show up and buy houses for cash up front.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 4:07 PM

ApolloAndy said:

$15,000? I don't know anything about the incident or the law, but that number seems way lower than what I would expect.

It was his non-kicking leg. The other foot is worth 21,500 easy.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 7:51 AM

ApolloAndy said:

$15,000? I don't know anything about the incident or the law, but that number seems way lower than what I would expect.

The article says "seeking at least $15,000." My guess is that $15k is the max they have to mention in public portions of lawsuits, thereby keeping the actual number unknown.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 10:19 AM

The $15,000 has nothing to do with the expected value or demand of the claim. Every state is different, but in Florida, the $15,000 is a threshold that has to do with what court system the claim is filed in.

If you are seeking less than $15,000 in damages, the case is filed/heard in a County Court, which is typically presided over by a judge and no jury. Over $15,000, the case is heard in a Florida Circuit Court under a jury. However, 95% of personal injury claims settle before going to trial anyway.

Last edited by Hanging n' Banging, Thursday, March 14, 2019 10:24 AM
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