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Orlando Man Dies on Christmas Eve after Fall from Zipline; Family Sues

Unfortunately, tragedy can strike anywhere and at any time. After one Orlando man’s death on Christmas Eve, during a visit to an indoor zip-lining attraction at Artegon Marketplace, his daughter is filing a wrongful death suit against several entities. If you or a loved one suffers an injury or, as in this case, a wrongful death, you should be aware of your options and how you can seek to make a change for others in the future.

Tragedy and Investigation

This past Christmas Eve, one Orlando man was visiting a zip-line at Artegon Marketplace’s Sky Trail attraction when his harness unhooked and detached from its track. His daughter, who had just finished the course, witnessed the man fall thirty feet onto a concrete floor, where he subsequently died from his injuries.

A representative of the zip-line’s manufacturer has declined to provide additional details as to the cause of the incident, but claims that, to their knowledge, it was a result of “a weird bunch of circumstances” resulting in the failure of a particular component. Reportedly, 10 million people per year use the zip-lines manufactured by the same company, spanning 600 facilities, 10 of which are made with the aluminum or steel rails as in this case, as opposed to cables. The company claimed that this is the first serious incident that they are aware of. In the meantime, the ropes-course portion of the attraction re-opened less than a week after the event, even though the zip-line attraction remains closed.

Pursuing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The Orlando Police Department and the Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection, which part of the Florida Department Agriculture and Consumer Services, has stated that they are investigating the zip-line course for potential violations of law or regulation. In the meantime, the decedent’s daughter did not wait months to take action. She is already filing suit against the following entities:

  • The operator of the zip-line attraction, Sky Trail LLC;
  • The Artegon Marketplace’s owner and management company, Paragon Outlet Partners;
  • The installer of the zip-line;
  • The manufacturer of the zip-line, Ropes Courses Inc.; and
  • And the designer of the zip-line.

Even if no-one seems obviously at fault, further investigation and a wrongful death lawsuit can reveal more potentially liable groups than you may initially expect. Sometimes, investigating the matter can reveal that an employee failed to follow procedure or that a company did not manufacture a component up to standard.

The man’s daughter stated that her goal in filing the suit is “to make a change, and the quickest and best way to do that is to file this lawsuit . . . and figure out exactly what happened.” A lawsuit will enable the Orlando man’s family to demand depositions, or formal interviews under oath, of any witnesses and representatives of the companies involved. Through the “discovery” process, her attorneys will be legally entitled to documents and records that can reveal further information, such as whether any company was aware of the defect before the event.

Filing a wrongful death lawsuit can be painful, but it provides a tool to demand answers from the parties at fault. This investigation can even reveal that different entities are involved than you might expect. In addition to providing answers, this man’s family hopes that the lawsuit will spur change, and protect other families. If you believe someone should be held liable for your loss of a loved one, contact Fort Lauderdale wrongful death attorney Scott Newmark for support and guidance during this difficult time.

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