Property occupants and landowners have a responsibility to protect their visitors from known or discoverable harm. When they don’t, people can be hurt. Or worse.
In 2017, Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader handled one of the most high-profile premises liability cases in the country; we represented the family of a 10-year-old boy who was killed on a waterslide at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kansas. The boy was decapitated when the raft in which he was riding became airborne and crashed into metal rods supporting the slide’s overhead netting. The matter involved experts in polymer fiber science, biomechanical engineering, computer forensics, accident reconstruction, warnings operations, restraint devices and ride design.
The Schlitterbahn matter ultimately settled for $19.7 million, with contributions from the water park, the raft manufacturer, a consulting firm and the construction company that built the ride.
Among our other representative matters:
- We obtained a $20 million jury verdict for a 16-year-old boy who was injured at a swimming and diving facility. An inspection revealed that “no diving” signs had been removed and never replaced; there were no warning signs about the depth of the water nor any signs prohibiting diving.
- We earned a $810,000 settlement on behalf of a man who suffered head and back injuries after falling off a retaining wall at his apartment complex. An investigation showed the parking lot was unsafe and did not conform to code.
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Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader has represented hundreds of clients in litigation involving dangerous property, also known as “premises liability litigation.” Our experience includes many different types of claims, among them:
- Inadequate maintenance
- Defective or unsafe conditions
- Inadequate building security
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Amusement park and water park accidents
- Toxic fumes and chemicals