August 10, 2017

Lawsuit claims amusement park ride was defectively designed and manufactured

The family of a young girl injured on a Ferris wheel at a county fair in Tennessee recently filed a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer and operator of the amusement park ride alleging the defendants are responsible for the victim’s injuries. The lawsuit claims defendants failed to properly maintain the Ferris wheel, which threw the victim and two others from the ride almost 40-feet in the air.

The lawsuit claims the Ferris wheel was “designed and constructed in a negligent, defective and/or unreasonably dangerous condition in that it failed to allow the operator to observe all of the gondolas during movement of the Ferris wheel, which allowed the damaged and defective gondola to tilt, upend and throw its occupants to the ground before being stopped from revolving.”

The injuries took place last year at the Greene County Fair when an aluminum skid plate at the bottom of the gondola caught on a cross brace, causing a violent reaction which sent three people flying from the Ferris wheel. The lawsuit alleges the victim suffered very serious injuries, including fractures to four of her lumbar vertebra, a collapsed lung, a lacerated liver, and a shoulder injury.

To compensate the victim for her injuries, the personal injury lawsuit asks for $500,000 to cover medical bills, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. Furthermore, the claim demands an $200,000 in punitive damages to punish the defendants for the egregious conduct the plaintiffs allege caused the child’s injuries.

Amusement park ride injury lawsuits

Although rare, amusement park ride injuries can result in catastrophic injuries due to the size, speed, and height of the ride. Often times, these devastating injuries occur because ride manufacturers negligently designed or manufactured the rides or were not properly maintained by operators.

When individuals suffer harm as a result of another’s negligence, these victims have the legal right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the ride manufacturer, operator, and any other party who may have had a hand in the failure to take reasonable steps to prevent injury. Depending on the circumstances of the case, injury victims can recover their own compensation for hospital bills, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and mental anguish.

DC injury lawyers

At The Cochran Firm, out DC injury lawyers frequently represent victims harmed by defectively designed and manufactured products including dangerous drugs, defective automobiles, and consumer products. Our attorneys thoroughly investigate the causes of catastrophic accidents and work closely with leading experts in the fields of consumer and premises safety to craft the strongest possible case for our clients.

Because we understand the financial hardships many victims go through while recovering, our attorneys work on a contingency basis which means we do not collect any fees unless we win the case. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in an accident, contact a lawyer to discuss your case and begin your journey to justice.