Rob Blank and Carie Hall Obtain a Mid-trial Dismissal for Busch Gardens
Attorneys Rob Blank and Carie Hall, of the firm's Tampa office, obtained a mid-trial dismissal with prejudice in a negligence case in Hillsborough County, Florida in August of 2013. Blank and Hall represented Busch Gardens, a theme park located in Tampa, in a case in which the plaintiff alleged her minor son was injured on the Tanganyika Tidal Wave ride when he leaned outside the boat and cut his left cheek. Busch Gardens denied the Tidal Wave ride is unsafe and demonstrated that it provided adequate and appropriate written and verbal warnings to guests to remain sitting upright with their bodies inside the boat. The minor plaintiff failed to obey these warnings when he leaned his head over the side of the boat, and plaintiff was negligent for her failure to properly supervise her minor son while she was sitting next to him on the ride when he was injured. Plaintiffs dismissed the case with prejudice in the middle of trial.