Parents won't sue Disney over alligator attack

July 20, 2016, 11:41 AM

The parents of a Nebraska toddler who was killed in a gator attack near the Grand Floridian Resort earlier this summer will not file a lawsuit against Disney.

The family of Lane Graves issued the following statement to the press:

“Melissa and I are broken. We will forever struggle to comprehend why this happened to our sweet baby, Lane. As each day passes, the pain gets worse, but we truly appreciate the outpouring of sympathy and warm sentiments we have received from around the world.

We know that we can never have Lane back, and therefore, we intend to keep his spirit alive through the Lane Thomas Foundation. It is our hope that through the foundation we will be able to share with others the unimaginable love Lane etched in our hearts. In addition to the foundation, we will solely be focused on the future health of our family and will not be pursuing a lawsuit against Disney. For now, we continue to ask for privacy as we focus on our family.”

The Orlando Sentinel asked a Disney World spokesperson to confirm that the company had made a settlement with or contribution to the family's new foundation, but WDW president George Kalogridis said in an emailed reply to the paper only that "in the wake of this tragic accident we continue to provide ongoing support for the family."

Replies (2)

July 20, 2016, 11:47 AM

I still feel so bad for them... Damn Heartbreaking..

But you also have to read between the lines, they said not to Sue, but they also did not say if a settlement was or was not involved.

One can assume Disney gave they monies.

I do hope for the best for them.

July 20, 2016, 2:32 PM

I'm sure the family is still in negotiations with Disney. I wouldn't fault them if they wish to sue, but it might be too emotionally difficult so settling is better. Plus, it will be hard to figure out damages. I hope Disney is generous. Anything less than substantial isn't compassionate.

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