WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- If only Universal Studios in Florida posted signs in Spanish, a man would not have died, says the lawsuit filed by the man’s family.
- The suit claimed that Jose Arana collapsed and died shortly after riding the Skull Island on December 10, 2016.
- The lawsuit is seeking $15,000 in damages including lost income and compensation.
Earlier this month, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed by a family against the Universal Studios Orlando Resort in Florida. The suit claimed that a man would not have died if the park posted signs in Spanish.
The family of Jose Calderon Arana stated that when Arana rode the Skull Island: Reign of Kong on December 10, 2016 at the Island of Adventure ride, he collapsed and died shortly afterward.
However, a state report by the theme park made no mention of anyone having health problems or dying on the ride, said the Orlando Sentinel. Theme parks are required to fill out a report 24 hours after someone is hospitalized.
Records obtained by the Orlando Sentinel stated that Arana’s family who is from Guatemala, told the Associated Press that the man did not know and speak any English. They also blamed the theme park’s negligence for not installing warning signs in Spanish or any other languages.
According to AP, the claim read: “The theory of liability is that there was insufficient warning signage posted at the attraction and that only English-language signs were in place for the patrons, but no Spanish.”
Furthermore, the Orlando Sentinel reports that the family is seeking $15,000 to pay for the medical and funeral expenses, lost income and compensation. The lawsuit also claimed that Universal allegedly delayed getting help for Arana, without providing details of that claim.
When Newsweek sought out comments from Universal Orlando regarding the incident, although a Universal spokesperson told the publication that the theme park has complied with its agreement with the state, no comments were further said about the lawsuit.