Settlement in Disney Alligator Attack

Everyone remembers the horrible story on the news of the alligator attack at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in 2016. As 2-year-old Lane Graves was building a sand castle near the shore, an alligator attacked him. His father, Matt Graves, was watching his 4-year old daughter when he heard loud splashes. He looked up to see an alligator had bitten on to his son’s head. The alligator began to twist and pull young Lane out deeper and deeper. His father grabbed and wrestled with the gator to no avail. Both Lane Graves and alligator disappeared beneath the water. It was later determined that Lane died from a neck injury and drowning.

After the attack, the Graves family hired a lawyer and pursued a wrongful death claim against Disney. A wrongful death claim is when a fatality is caused by the wrongful acts of another. Many wrongful death claims are based upon death resulting from negligence.  Just by doing a quick search on the internet its apparent that most people believed that Disney was negligent. It makes sense that Disney would want to settle this claim quickly as it is a PR nightmare.

At least two Disney employees had reported that they had seen the alligator several hours before the attack. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, more than 220 of the alligators were removed from the resort between May 2006 and August 2015. In 2016, the year Lane Graves was attacked, 83 alligators had to be removed. The alligator problem was well known and well documented. Given all these well-known dangers, Disney failed to take any adequate safety measures.

In Florida, the law states that a business must inspect and make safe its premises. In this scenario, Disney knew that alligators were a problem, yet they let guests go down the water. Disney did not take any precautions such as closing the lagoon, putting nets in the water or other deterrents to keep alligators away from the public.

Recently, the Graves family set up a probate estate for Lane Graves which could only mean one thing….settlement. As is the case with many wrongful death cases, any settlement that is reached is strictly confidential.  However, most lawyers have estimated that the case settled for approximately $10,000,000.00.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to speak with a lawyer about a wrongful death case, feel free to visit our Kendall, FL personal injury lawyer website. Or you can give us a call for a free consultation at 786-815-6296.

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