Universal Orlando sued for death following King Kong ride

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A family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Universal, claiming a man died after he rode the King Kong ride in 2016. Jose Calderon Arana collapsed and died shortly after riding the attraction on Dec. 10, 2016 — a few months after Skull Island: Reign of Kong opened at Universal’s Island of Adventure, according to the lawsuit that seeks more than $15,000 filed last week in Orange Circuit Court

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For $15k, I don't see any world where they don't just settle instead of pay attorneys for a trial, but what a strange lawsuit. I mean, I guess you could be psychologically scared hard on that ride, but it's not physically particularly vigorous.

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Article indicates that lawsuit is seeking more than $15,000. Typically done to put the case in the jurisdiction of a given court. Here I would expect its to keep it out of small claims court. Actually damages would be established in discovery/at trial.

I work in a town where the demographics of the population put us at about 50% Latin. All of our signage in in English. I guess I have to ask where companies are expected to draw the line? I had a woman call me once asking if there was someone on staff who could translate Chinese. Ah...no.

This is going to come off as, dare I say...nationalist...but if you are going to move to this country then I think there is a responsibility to either learn the language or accept the obstacles/consequences if you don't. When I spent a month in Italy I did my best to learn the language (with limited success) but did find that I could get by.

Disney and Universal have visitors from all over the world. I know that they offer guide books in multiple languages. I've never picked one up to see how much detail is in those guidebooks but should they really have to provide signage for dozens, if not hundreds of languages?

I'm of two minds on this one. There's a part of me that believes if you visit an English-speaking country, you should either know English or have a way to translate it. No business can be reasonably expected to provide signage in a dozen or so popular languages, But it's Florida, where a lot of people already speak Spanish, and even if the park wasn't required to post signs in Spanish, probably should for business purposes.

Sounds like a lame cash grab, regardless.

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