A Guatemalan family has brought a lawsuit against Universal Orlando Resort saying they should be required to provide warning signs regarding the potential dangers of attractions in Spanish, according to WPTV.

  • The lawsuit comes two years after the family’s 38-year old father suffered a fatal heart attack after riding the Skull Island: Reign of Kong attraction at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
  • The man had prior heart problems and did not speak english.
  • The family’s wrongful death lawsuit says Universal was negligent for not providing warnings in Spanish.
  • Orlando saw 72 million visitors in 2017, with 6.1 million of them coming from outside the United States. Just under 900,000 of those visitors came from Spanish-speaking countries, and 820,000 came from the Portuguese-speaking Brazil.
  • In front of Skull Island: Reign of Kong, there is a warning sign in English explaining that guests with heart conditions or abnormal blood pressure should not ride.
  • The lawsuit explains that, after riding the attraction, the man began to feel ill. He sat on a bench to rest and later collapsed. He was then taken to a hospital where he later died.
  • The lawsuit also alleges there was a delay in the medical attention the man received.
  • According to WPTV, a Universal spokesman said in an email that Universal Orlando Resort does not comment on pending litigation.

What they’re saying:

  • The lawsuit against Universal Orlando Resort: "Universal was aware of the great number of tourists on their premises who do not speak English.”
  • Lou Pendas, the family's personal injury attorney: "This isn't a crazy request or expectation. It's actually quite basic in this day and age. You are asking for international travelers. This is a mecca for tourism. This is a very basic thing that should be thought of for the safety of patrons."
 
 

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