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Woman sues Disney World over dangerous property condition

Pennsylvanians go into public every day and trust that property owners are doing basic maintenance to keep them safe. One place where extraordinary trust is needed is at amusement parks where the large number of people, rides and structures could easily cause an accident if proper caution is not taken. These accidents, including slip and fall accidents, can easily cause serious bodily injury.

One woman claims that she was injured as she was exiting a ride at Walt Disney World. According to the woman, she and her family were getting off the Jungle Cruise boat ride when another boat smashed into the back of their boat. As a result of the collision the woman fell backwards and was injured. Her daughter and a Disney World employee also fell in the accident.

Recently, the woman has filed suit against Walt Disney World. The woman claims in the suit that her injuries resulted in chronic pain. She has a hard time sitting or standing for long periods of time. The pain is so severe that she had to stop working. In the suit, she is claiming more than $15,000 in damages, although her attorney says this injury could eventually cost her hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Walt Disney World has not commented on the lawsuit.

Property owners, like Walt Disney World, have a duty to keep people on their property safe from dangerous property conditions. When these property owners know about, or should have known about, a dangerous property condition but do not fix it and a guest is injured, premises liability laws allow the injured party to receive compensation.

Source: The Orange County Register, "Woman claims injury on Florida's Jungle Cruise," Susan Thurston, Dec. 4, 2012

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