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Tennessee Ferris wheel accident spurs lawsuits and blame

The food, games and rides are part of what makes going to the fair such a beloved pastime for many Tennessee families. Unfortunately, what was apparently a nice day out at the fair turned into something much more terrifying when several riders were injured on a Ferris wheel attraction. Multiple lawsuits have been filed since the accident.

In Aug. 2016, three minors -- two of whom were sisters -- were enjoying a ride on a Ferris wheel when the incident took place. The gondola that they were riding in overturned, causing serious injury to those inside. A 6-year-old girl was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury while her 10-year-old sister broke her arm. The 16-year-old girl who was riding with them suffered the most extreme injuries, including liver lacerations, at least one collapsed lung, fractured lumbar vertebra and more. A woman riding in a nearby gondola also suffered a broken arm.

An inspection by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission discovered noticeable damage and wear on the Ferris wheel's gondolas. Furthermore, more than one ride inspector concluded that mechanical failure caused the devastating accident. Despite the results of these inspections, the ride company, manufacturer and owners have denied any wrongdoing. Instead, they claim that one of the girls stood and rocked the gondola, causing it to overturn. Witnesses to the accident refute those claims and insist that none of the girls were behaving inappropriately.

Serious injury caused by the negligence of another individual can be devastating. Not only must victims in Tennessee deal with the physical injuries that often accompany such an accident, but many go on to deal with long term pain and suffering or even mental anguish. Nothing can ever truly erase the trauma of being wrongly injured, but appropriate recourse through a carefully filed personal injury claim can almost certainly ease the burden.

Source: greenevillesun.com, "Ferris Wheel Provider: Child Was At Fault", Kristen Early, Sept. 13, 2017

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