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Jake Burg Comments on the Tragic Death at Glenwood Caverns

Jake Burg Comments on the Tragic Death at Glenwood Caverns

By Heidi Culbertson
September 15, 2021
3 min read

Jacob Burg, a shareholder and personal injury lawyer at Burg Simpson, was interviewed by Channel 9 TV News about the recent death of a child at Glenwood Caverns Amusement Park. Mr. Burg told the reporter that the firm represented a woman who broke her back on the Alpine Coaster in 2015.

Burg said, “…as she was going down, there were stalled carts in front of her. What we learned throughout the course of this case is that this was the first year Glenwood Caverns was operating the Alpine Coaster at night.”

That particular claim alleged that among other things, the tracks did not have adequate lighting, the carts did not have headlights or taillights, and the track did not have a camera system at that time. When a lawsuit was filed, the case was ultimately dismissed because of a summary judgment by the court which said that because their client signed a release, her claim was not valid.

“Recreational activities that involve a waiver are basically immune from liability,” Burg said. When it comes to this recent case of six-year-old Wongel Estifanos, Burg believes it sends a message that something in the law regarding waivers has to change. “And unfortunately, under the current state of the law, if these operators are not held accountable for maintaining the safety of their guests, these kinds of things are going to continue to happen. And that’s why it’s so heartbreaking for me because this is really about saving lives.”

See the news clip here

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