The Wisconsin park where 12 year old Teagan Marti was injured last year will soon reopen with new owners, according to an article from The Associated Press.
Safety Devices Were Never Deployed
Last July 30, Teagan, who lives in Parkland, Florida, was riding Terminal Velocity, a ride where people drop on free fall for about 30 meters before nets and airbags catch them. The problem is that the safety devices were never deployed when Teagan’s turn came, causing her to hit the hard concrete and suffer extensive injuries to the brain, spine and pelvis, as well as other internal injuries. She spent more than two months at Jackson Memorial Hospital, from where she was finally released last October. She faces a long rehabilitation process.
The park, Extreme World, reached an undisclosed settlement agreement with Teagan’s family, despite being in foreclosure since before the accident. Apparently, the owners of the park next door, Alligator Alley, have now bought Extreme World.
Following the accident, investigators found that the operator of the ride, Charles Carnell, did not follow protocol. He himself acknowledged that he had “blanked out” and never saw the “all clear” signal before releasing Teagan. Mr. Carnell was convicted of felony second-degree reckless injury in February and sentenced to pay $268.00 in court fees and ordered to give a DNA sample…
Park Owners Responsible For Patron’s Safety
Under Florida Law, amusement park owners and/or operators are responsible for the safety of their patrons. Whether the accident was caused by a malfunctioning ride or an untrained (or negligently supervised) ride operator, the owners may face liability for the resulting injuries.
With more than 60 years of combined experience, Greenberg Stone and Urbano stands ready to handle amusement park accident cases against theme parks of all sizes, from the local county fairs to the largest theme parks in the nation, including those owned and operated by Disney, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens. Our firm successfully handled a large injury claim against the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and the owner of the Gravitron ride that caused the injury when it failed. To learn more about our past cases against amusement parks, please visit the Notable Cases section of our website.
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury as a result of an accident at an amusement park, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. The Miami Dade County Amusement Park Injury Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have throughout the years represented many clients involved in serious theme park injuries, including traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.