Disney Gator Attack: Matt, Melissa Graves Suing Disney World?

Disney Gator Attack: Matt, Melissa Graves Suing Disney World?
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Disney World could face its worst legal nightmare should the family of the boy who died from a gator attack sues the park.


According to injury lawyers and law experts, there’s high possibility that the park could lose in a legal battle should the family of the two-year-old boy bring the case to court, Fox News reported.

The tragic incident happened inside the iconic Disney World theme park in Orlando, Florida when a family from Nebraska stayed at the park’s hotel. The couple Matt and Melissa Graves were traveling with their toddler who was playing near a man-made lagoon.

For lawyer Nicholas Gerson, a practicing injury attorney, it seemed that Disney did not observe due diligence when it failed to post warnings and other protective systems that could deter alligators from reaching parts of the resort humans could reach. Although the park posted No Swimming signs, experts believe it’s not enough to warn people of alligator presence.

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“A simple no swimming sign doesn’t cut it, in light of knowing there’s wild animals and children on the property with no way to defend themselves. They [Disney] were negligent based on a potential failure to warn and failure to act reasonably under the circumstances. It’s certainly a huge damages case and one that Disney is going to want to deal with privately,” added Gerson. “How do you put a number on a child’s life?”

According to another expert litigator, lawyer Matt Morgan, the incident could cost the theme park giant a whooping legal suit that could amount to an eight-figure level, as he told Radar Online.

“This family can bring a wrongful death suit against the Walt Disney World Corporation if they had actual or constructive knowledge of a dangerous condition on their premises,” Morgan told Radar. “It easily will be an eight-figure case, based on the pain and suffering these parents will experience over their lifetimes.”

Also readAlligator Snatched 2-year-old Kid Near Disney Resort, Toddler Still Missing In Orlando

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  • Munchack

    Disney knew about the dangers of alligators attacking children at the resort. The website EmpireofMouse(dot)blogspot(dot)com has found a previous attack 30 years ago that happened exactly the same way to another boy, then 8-years-old, at Disney World who is now dismayed that Disney is claiming they never seen anything like this before. They also have recent incidents that show Disney was very cavalier about the gator problem.

    • Kate W.

      Florida is known for the Everglades and Gators…part of the charm of Florida is natural preservation…Must we sanitize everything to protect humans from themselves?

      • YehRight!

        Just like we can’t protect you from your shameless ignorance.

        • Kate W.

          Dear…learn the definition of a word before using it….ignorance is a lack of knowledge…I stated that Florida is known for the Everglades and Gators…clearly showing that I am informed and aware…I may be shameless….but I reserve that for the weekends…roar.

  • Kate W.

    Florida, Everglades and Gators…aren’t enough to expect people to exert personal responsibility and COMMON SENSE.