The family of Katherine Baliton is going after Disney.
by WFTV-9 Orlando
Katherine Baliton’s family said she had an accident on the Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom that they claim ultimately led to her death. According to the lawsuit, Baliton was at Magic Kingdom with her husband and son in March of 2012.
Baliton was trying to board the jungle cruise with her son in her hands, but cast members did not offer any support or assistance. She lost her balance and fell, breaking part of her leg. She was taken to an onsite paramedic, and then to Celebration Hospital. After following up with her own orthopedic surgeon just days after the accident, she immediately had surgery to repair her leg.
Less than 24 hours after the surgery, Baliton’s husband found his wife dead in their
home. The suit says autopsy results show Baliton died from an acute pulmonary embolism or a blood clot, caused by her broken leg and surgical repair. ”Even if the death is the result of the surgery, Disney’s not off the hook,” legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said.
Sheaffer has fought Disney in court before and won. He says the family could have a lengthy battle. ”Disney does not settle these lawsuits without a fight. The philosophy is if you just roll over and settle these lawsuits, you become a target,” Sheaffer said. ”If you don’t have a good claim lawyers are not likely to take the case because they know Disney is going to put you through your paces,” Sheaffer said.
Eyewitness News reached to the attorney for Baliton’s family he wasn’t available for comment.
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