Disney settles lawsuit with woman who fell on Pirates of Caribbean ride

Pirates of the Caribbean

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has settled a lawsuit with a woman who sued after she fell climbing onto the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in 2015, according to court records.

The terms of the settlement are unclear and were not disclosed in Orange County Circuit Court documents. Judge Keith White wrote in an order last week the 2016 lawsuit was settled and dismissed.

The woman’s Tallahassee-based attorney, Mark Nonni, did not return messages for comment and Disney declined to comment.

In June 2015, Lynn Barrett, of Clay County, alleged she slipped and fell in the boat that had water on the floor at the popular Magic Kingdom attraction.

She said Disney should have done a better job inspecting the boats, according to lawsuit documents, and sued for more than $15,000, on grounds of mental anguish, hospital expenses and a loss of earnings among other things.

Disney said a sign warning riders may get wet was posted at the ride. Water was not a “hidden danger” but an obvious part of the ride, the company said.

“The very nature of a water ride is that those who go on it will get wet,” Disney said in court records, arguing the company had not been negligent.

Barrett said she slipped on the wet surface, bruised the left side of her body and twisted her ankle, according to an email she wrote to Disney that was included in the case file.

Her doctor diagnosed her with “complex regional pain syndrome,” she said in court records, and she underwent three nerve blocks from November to February. The procedures are injections that are supposed to help manage pain.

In April, she had surgery in Jacksonville to implant a temporary spinal cord stimulator and then a permanent stimulator was later put in, court documents showed.

“…under the best case scenario Ms. Barrett is looking at approximately $318,033.26 in future medical expenses, and under the worst case scenario she’s looking at approximately $466,470.76 in future medical expenses,” her attorney wrote in a December email, court documents showed.

Barrett does not appear to have been hospitalized immediately after the incident because there were no Pirates of Caribbean injuries reported that month to the state. Theme parks are required to disclose an immediate hospital stay of at least 24 hours.

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