Family of 3-year-old Girl Injured in Carnival Ride Gets $80,000 Settlement

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The family of 3-year-old Kalyn Pennygraph who was thrown off the Techno Jump ride at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo last March, has received an $80,000 settlement from the carnival operator. According to a news report in The Daily Mail, the girl was thrown off the ride after she slipped from under a restraint and suffered a concussion. Kalyn’s mother sued the carnival operator, Ray Cammack Shows, in November seeking compensation for medical care, physical pain, mental anguish as well as for current and probable future physical impairment.

According to the settlement, Kalyn will receive payments worth at least $50,000 to help her during her college years and another $27,500 to cover medical expenses and attorneys’ fees. An injury report states that the girl boarded the ride with her brother as their mother supervised them. She was reportedly tall enough to ride on the Techno Jump at the time. The child suffered a concussion and bruising to her face and head. After the incident, the ride operator required any child too short to ride alone to be accompanied by an individual aged 16 or over.

Ride Accident Statistics

According to the Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA), an estimated 500 million guests visit carnivals, fairs and festivals each year and more than half of them participate in mobile amusement rides. The National Safety Council reports that amusement ride-related accident injuries were up by 11.1 percent in 2010 compared to 2009. More than half of the injuries in 2010 occurred on family and adult rides. Roller coasters accounted for 35.9 percent of injuries in 2010, more than in any other years except for 2004. After increasing nearly 5 percent from 2008 to 2009, the proportion of injuries associated with children’s rides declined more than 3 percent from 2009 to 2010.

Liability Issues

Amusement ride-related incidents can result in major if not fatal injuries. Injured victims in such cases can file a personal injury claim against the ride operator, the carnival operator, or the manufacturer of a defective part or ride equipment, depending on the circumstances of the incident. Injured victims or their families would be well advised to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled amusement ride-related incidents.

Workers Injured in Sacramento Crane Collapse

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Two workers were injured on the job, one seriously, after a crane set up to perform maintenance work on an amusement park ride collapsed. According to an Associated Press news report, the accident occurred at a Scandia park in Sacramento, the afternoon of August 30, 2011. Officials say the two maintenance workers were in harnesses on top of the Scandia Screamer, a 165-foot-high rotating arm, when it fell over. The men were taking out the arm of the ride when the weight became too much for the crane and it tipped over onto a miniature golf course.

Two Injured in San Diego Fair Ride Accident

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A girl and a ride operator apparently sustained serious injuries when a ride at the San Diego County Fair malfunctioned. According to a 10News report, the accident occurred the afternoon of June 21, 2011. A teen who was on the ride and a man who was operating the ride were both injured. The girl was airlifted to a local hospital. Officials say the accident occurred on the Techno Power Ride. Passengers were beginning to get off the ride after it stopped, when it suddenly began to start up again.

Defective Yo-Yo Amusement Park Rides Recalled After Injuries

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Chance Rides Manufacturing Inc. has recalled about 85 defective Yo-Yo amusement park and carnival rides. The Wichita, Kansas based amusement park ride manufacturer recalled the rides to repair defects that reportedly caused two serious accidents. According to this October 8, 2008 news report, a Yo-Yo ride collapsed in May at the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee in Angels Camp, California, injuring 23 people. Also, in March 2006, a Yo-Yo ride at Six Flags in Arlington, Texas malfunctioned. Nine people suffered bruises as well as back and neck injuries in that ride accident.

The Yo-Yo ride basically has a series of metal arms extending from a rotating hub. A chair is attached to the end of each arm by a chain. The arms and the chairs swing outward as the hub rotates and picks up speed. , The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced in a product safety alert that Chance Rides Manufacturing will distribute kits to ride owners to help inspect and repair these defective rides. The manufacturer has also agreed to offer new maintenance guidelines for the rides.