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Investigators Examine Water Slide That Killed Olathe Boy

A group of independent investigators recently travelled to Schlitterbahn water park to examine the deadly waterslide, which took the life of a 10-year-old Olathe-boy over the summer. The team of engineers is expected to comb over every inch of the attraction, which also injured two women, to find out what exactly when wrong on the fateful day that ended in tragedy.

According to reports, the young victim (who was also the son of a Kansas state legislator) died after suffering a serious neck injury going down the water slide. Some who covered the incident even speculated the boy was completely decapitated in the event.

Part of what the public knows so far is the ride, which sends patrons down a the world’s tallest waterslide at over 50 miles per hour, has a weight requirement to keep the craft on the track. Some are speculating the combined weight of the boy and two women may not have been enough to comply with the 500-lb. weight needed.

Olathe wrongful death lawsuits

The independent investigators, hired by the boy’s family and the two other female victims, will likely examine the design and manufacture of the structure as well as any maintenance records or calls for service. Depending on the results of the inquiry, attorneys for the victims may assert the accident was foreseeable and that the owners of the park should be held responsible for the boy’s death.

While the investigation is still in the early stages, the boy’s family and the other victims could end up filing personal injury lawsuits against the water park’s owners and operators to recover for their injuries. Victims in civil lawsuits can recover compensation for their lost wages, pain and suffering, hospital bills, and other damages.

Under Kansas wrongful death laws, families of victims killed by the negligence of others are entitled to recover up to $250,000 in a wrongful death lawsuit. Although no amount of money can bring back the ones we love, the law prescribes monetary compensation as the means to hold wrongdoers accountable for their actions.

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If you or a loved one suffered a personal injury, contact the Morrison Law Firm, LLC to speak to one of our Olathe personal injury lawyers about your case. As a former Kansas Attorney General, Paul Morrison knows what it takes to get justice for his clients and hold wrongdoers accountable for their reckless actions. Call (913) 780-6666 today. 

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