HOLLYWOOD/ORLANDO, Fla. – Hollywood Attorney, David W. Singer has filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. after a Connecticut man, using a scooter due to recent surgery, flipped over while attempting to disembark from the monorail. The man and his wife planned a family vacation at the happiest place on earth, and it ended with an ambulance ride to Florida Hospital Celebration and more surgery to repair his cervical spine.
The complaint was filed in Orange County, Florida by Eugene Teto and his wife Joette Teto for damages in excess of $1 million.
On April 11, 2017 Teto was attempting to disembark from the monorail at the Transportation and Ticket center. The policy at Disney Parks requires an employee to be present to assist when a scooter electric conveyance vehicle (ECV) is getting on/or off the monorail system. A metal ramp must be used to get ECV passengers off safely because the train platform at the station is lower than the monorail floor itself, which creates a gap between the train and the platform. Disney employees have to work quickly to place these metal ramps in the correct place so the passengers can get off and new passengers can get on. In spite of this harebrained and perilous procedure, Teto followed the Disney employee’s directions to back down the ramp. As Teto was reversing down the ramp, he felt his ECV begin to tip backwards, then it suddenly flipped over, slamming Teto’s head into the concrete of the platform twisting his neck in a precarious way.
Fire rescue arrived and rushed Teto to Florida Hospital Celebration. He was fortunately not paralyzed in the incident, but several months after the accident he was forced to undergo surgery to repair his cervical spine.
“My client’s life will be forever changed after this incident,” said Singer. “He and his wife went to the land of Mickey and Minnie expecting to have a great time, and it ended with pain, impairment, mental anguish and loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life.”
Singer joked: “This is no way to run a railroad,” Then the veteran lawyer turned serious: “To think that a well-intentioned Disney employee can place this ramp evenly when there is no locking system, is one kind of stretch, but to think that an ECV passenger can then get down this ramp going backwards is a procedure fraught with peril”
This is Singer’s second lawsuit filed against Disney this year. In a previous case, a Pennsylvania man alleged severe neurological injuries after being bitten by a rat that was attacking his wheelchair-bound wife as the couple came off a ride and headed to a park restaurant to eat.
Singer opened his law offices in 1984, and today he runs one of the largest personal injury firms in the state of Florida. Singer’s clients come from virtually every county in Florida as well as from all 50 states, Europe, Asia and South America.
Serving the legal community for 32 years, attorney David W. Singer is the managing partner of David W. Singer & Associates, P.A., one of South Florida’s largest personal injury and wrongful death law firms.