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Family of Boy Killed in Kansas Water Park Accident Awarded $20 Million

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Family of Boy Killed in Kansas Water Park Accident Awarded $20 Million

In Kansas, the family of a 10-year-old boy who lost his life on a waterslide will receive nearly $20 million in a settlement payment it was disclosed last week. However, no amount of money can compensate for their loss in this horrific water park accident.

The 10-year-old boy was killed on the  Verrückt water slide at Schlitterbahn in Kansas City, Kan., last year.

The Star reported the settlement was thought to be the largest of its kind paid out in a wrongful death case in either Kansas or Missouri.

The extreme ride was shuttered after the accident, the Star reported. The settlements amount to a total of $19,732,125 to the family of Caleb Schwab. The publication listed the breakdown as follows:

▪ $14 million from KC Water Park and SVV 1 and, two companies associated with the Texas-based water park company Schlitterbahn.

▪ A award of $5 million from Henry & Sons Construction, a general contractor that worked on the 17-story ride that broke records for water slide height.

▪ A payment of $500,000 from Zebec of North America. The company manufactured the raft that carried as many as three riders down the slide.

▪ $232,125 from National Aquatics Safety Co. and its founder, John Hunsucker, a consultant on the Verrückt water slide.

The death occurred on Aug. 7 last year when the water park allowed elected officials and their families to go into the park for free.

The Fatal Water Slide Accident in Kansas City

Caleb Schwab was the son of Scott Schwab, a Kansas House member from Olathe. He was riding Verrückt with two women when he died from a fatal neck wound.

Officials say Caleb’s raft went airborne and that hit a netting system placed above the slide that was propped up by metal poles. Given the speed of the ride, the impact proved to be deadly.

Accidents on water slides and roller coasters are rare but can be devastating when they do occur.

This month, a child was killed in England when she fell of the Splash Canyon ride at the Drayon Manor amusement park.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we help people who have been injured at a business whether it’s a store, a trampoline park, or a fun fair. As the weather gets warmer, more people are flocking to these attractions. Call our Virginia injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077 or see our resources here.

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John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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