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Woman sues Busch Gardens for $500K after fall in ‘Germany’ bathroom

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Sarah Fearing -
June 8, 2017

A woman is suing Busch Gardens Williamsburg and its parent company, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, for $500,000 after she allegedly slipped and fell in a bathroom in the park’s Germany section.

Pennsylvania resident Annie Cavanah filed a lawsuit in April 2015 stating Busch Gardens was negligent because the park did not put a warning sign on a wet floor when she visited in August 2013, according to documents filed in the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.

Court documents state the amusement park “carelessly, negligently and recklessly failed to inspect, clean and maintain the premises” where Cavanah fell.

“As a result of the negligence of the defendants, plaintiff was caused to suffer serious and permanent injuries; has suffered and will suffer in the future pain of body and mind; has incurred medical and related expenses; has been deprived of earning capacity,” documents state.

In a response to Cavanah’s complaint, Busch Gardens and Seaworld denied that no warning sign had been placed on the wet floor.

The defendant also denied the park is indebted to Cavanah in any amount.

“Defendant affirmatively asserts that plaintiff’s own negligence, in whole or in part, caused or contributed to the alleged incident at issue and plaintiff’s injuries, if any,” Busch Gardens and Seaworld’s attorney wrote in their response to Cavanah’s complaint.

The attorneys also added that if Cavanah’s injuries weren’t caused by her own negligence, then they were the result of other’s actions “over which defendant had no control.”

There are no future court hearings scheduled for the case, although the case is listed as active, according to online court records.

Source: http://wydaily.com/2017/06/08/news-woman-sues-busch-gardens-for-500k-after-fall-in-germany-bathroom/
 
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Yeah, I take too many pictures.  Here's one from the mens bathroom in the Festhaus.  Circa 2010.

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deacfan31 said:
flamanar said:
Yeah, I take too many pictures.  Here's one from the mens bathroom in the Festhaus.  Circa 2010.

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With that picture you will now be a material witness for the defense. Haha. And yes you have a picture problem. It's ok, we're here to help ha.

Lol, thanks ;) I actually took it so I could make an avatar out of it. I thought it looked funny, and nobody was around, lol. I solemnly swear that's the only pic I've ever taken in a restroom :)
 
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flamanar said:
deacfan31 said:
flamanar said:
Yeah, I take too many pictures.  Here's one from the mens bathroom in the Festhaus.  Circa 2010.

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With that picture you will now be a material witness for the defense. Haha. And yes you have a picture problem. It's ok, we're here to help ha.

Lol, thanks ;)  I actually took it so I could make an avatar out of it.  I thought it looked funny, and nobody was around, lol.  I solemnly swear that's the only pic I've ever taken in a restroom :)

The picture reminds me of the mind the gap signs on our trains here. The stick figure is positioned in a way that I don't think is physically possible. Definitely a funny drawing!
 
Ridiculous. I hope this person doesn't get a cent.-_- Good grief, I've fallen in the park before (not in the bathroom though, lol, it was on the bridge near Escape from Pompeii that gets all slippy sometimes), and it was because I just tripped. NOT BGW's fault! Anyone can just trip...I don't understand why people sue others for stuff like this...
 
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My young daughter tripped years ago at the Clydesdales fence enclosure. There's a step-up there to the fence off the walkway, but it's hard to see because both surfaces are all gravel. She seriously skinned her knee. We took her down the hill to the first shop in Ireland, they radioed for a med, and he had her all fixed up in minutes. I did write the park that they should paint the step-up yellow so people can more clearly see the step-up. They never did. Life goes on. Yeah, some people will sue over anything. The long time this particular case has gone on is definitely suspicious.
 

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flamanar said:
I did write the park that they should paint the step-up yellow so people can more clearly see the step-up.  They never did.

I believe the entire curb is painted dark green now, making it much more visible (but still sightly). Maybe it's thanks to you!
 
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Joe said:
flamanar said:
I did write the park that they should paint the step-up yellow so people can more clearly see the step-up.  They never did.

I believe the entire curb is painted dark green now, making it much more visible (but still sightly). Maybe it's thanks to you!

Wow! Thanks for the heads-up! I'm probably not the only person who had someone fall there. I'm relieved they (finally) painted it.
 
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zanderman72 said:
Has anyone else noticed that the blue stones on the walkway near Alpengeist get super slippery when wet? I honestly thought that the fall was in this area of the park...

Various parts of the park get seriously slippery when wet. The pathway down from the bird area to the wolf area? Incredibly slippery, because that entire path is larger 'pebbles'. Some shoes can also not grip on wet surfaces like others do. I have a pair of sneakers that I wear sometimes, and there's a restaurant near us that we love. When I go there...if they've recently mopped the floors...I swear, someone can give me a nudge and I'd skate completely across the room without trying, lol. It's clearly not the floors fault. Those sneaks are just plain non-grippy, and the worst pair of shoes I've ever purchased.

My mom almost slipped numerous times while walking down that hill after some rain when we visited years ago. Other areas are just like it, too.
 

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For what it's worth, Busch Gardens does have a curiously large number of slippery spaces. The painted cobblestones in Rhinefeld and Banbury Cross both get very slick (and I've seen people slip on both during Howl-O-Scream) when wet, and as others mentioned, so are the steep aggregate areas such as by Wolf Valley. I myself badly skinned my knee on the San Marco bridge at the steeper portion near Verbolten.

I don't blame the park for my spill, but it does actually surprise me that the park has so many slick spaces left... there are plenty of sue-happy people out there.
 
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Yeah, too many walkways there that scream 'liability'. Probably cost a fortune to switch it all to asphalt. And the park would lose some very nice-looking walkways like in Banbury with those pavers. I bet they could asphalt only the inclines/declines for under a fortune...but there's alot of hills....>
 
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