Boy’s Death on Waterslide Highlights Theme Park Dangers
The case of Caleb Schwab is one of the most tragic in recent memory. The 10-year-old was decapitated in 2016 riding a waterslide in Kansas. The Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City built the world’s tallest waterslide. They also built an engineering nightmare and ignored critical engineering safeguards. The information is laid out in a previously sealed indictment.
As the SF Gate reported, the case sends shockwaves across Kansas and theme parks in general.
The 170-foot ride, known as the Verruckt caused young Caleb’s death and more than another dozen injuries. The Kansas Attorney General’s office is prosecuting the company and one of its former employees. Tyler Austin Miles, the former Director of Operations for the park is charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery, interference with law enforcement, and aggravated endangering a child.
Negligence and Worse
Perhaps most damning is the knowledge that the park officials knew the ride was unsafe. This negligence caused some critical failures leading to Caleb’s death. Even after some injuries, the company left the ride open. The AG’s office also alleges the company hid vital information.
Victims of the park are still open to compensation. In fact, the severe errors also highlight common issues at other theme parks. Many other parks have similar histories. Furthermore, some parks do not correctly account for safety procedures and means of shutting down rides. In short, many of these parks put profit over their consumers.
If you or a family member was injured due to a similar incident, contact Ehline Law immediately. Our firm specializes in similar cases. In fact, the Ehline Law Firm APLC is the top California theme park injury law office. We also represented related injury cases in multiple states. Our advice is free, and we visit anywhere in the state to consult. We are your shield. Let our experience work for your family.