Jury Rules Disneyland Negligent in Ride Injury, No Damages Awarded

June 25, 2014

A jury has found that Disneyland was negligent in an accident on its Splash Mountain ride four years ago but says that didn’t contribute to a rider’s injury.

The federal jury in Los Angeles didn’t award any damages to Steve Wilson of Anaheim in Friday’s decision. His attorney, Barry Novack, says he’ll seek a new trial.

Novack says in 2010 Splash Mountain staff overloaded a log boat, causing it to get stuck, then didn’t tie it off before unloading riders.

Wilson, who weighed 415 pounds, claimed that as he got up, the boat moved, he fell back and hit a seat, seriously aggravating an existing back problem. He sought about $1.3 million in compensation.

Spokeswoman Suzi Brown tells the Los Angeles Times that Disneyland is pleased with the verdict.

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  • July 2, 2014 at 3:46 pm
    MrInsBrokerCA says:
    I guess the facts gave this jury a clear understanding of the cause and effect in this accident. Not having read the transcript, speculation is pointless. We don't know if the... read more
  • June 30, 2014 at 11:14 am
    Louie says:
    I worked in an amusement park for 3 summers during college. Absolute blast. One of the rides I worked was the log flume. One time, there was a guy attempting to get his soakin... read more
  • June 25, 2014 at 4:53 pm
    Fair Playing Field says:
    It's a fair world after all...
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