Settle with the boy’s family, and do it fast: that’s the advice of several Florida legal experts who have some unsolicited advice for Disney World, where an alligator pulled a toddler from the beach to his death on June 14, 2016.
The Orlando, Fla., theme park’s reputation as a carefree and family-friendly destination was shattered when 2-year-old Lane Graves was killed in a shallow lagoon near his family’s resort rental. The tragedy left the Nebraska parents understandably heartbroken and the iconic company, experts say, dealing with a legal nightmare.
Attorney Michael Steinger, President and Founder of South Florida law firm Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, weighs in on the tragedy. “They knew about the alligators. They had reports from employees concerned about the alligators and yet they did nothing,” Steinger said. “When you know of this danger and you fail to take action – and more so you invite guests to come to that beach to watch a movie on the sand – you have to take responsibility for the inherent danger on the lake that you’re aware of.”
While wildlife officials say alligator attacks on people are uncommon, the resort did not post any gator warnings in the immediate area where the boy died — only “no swimming” signs near the lagoon. According to reports from Disney employees, they were aware that the artificial lake at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, where the Nebraska family was staying, is home to an unknown number of alligators.
Legal experts say the lack of warning and mechanisms in place to keep alligators away from guests could create enormous liability for Disney. Read the full story and here what other experts say on FoxNews.com.