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Incident shows rides at fairs can be risk for child accidents

Since Florida is a tourist destination and a warm weather state, there are many activities that are directed at parents and children. While many of these activities are safe, there are some that can place people in danger of personal injury. When there are child accidents, the aftermath can be a lifetime of pain with the inability to live normally. There can even be wrongful death. It is important for parents to remember that the proprietor of the establishment or location at which the accident occurred is responsible for ensuring a safe environment. If something happens that causes injury or death, it can be the basis for a legal filing to be compensated.

A woman who took her family to a fair saw her child injured on a ride. The injured girl, 14, was at the fair with her mother, brother and two friends. The group was on a ride known as the "Music Express" when there was an accident. On this ride, the riders are spun. The ride stays on the ground. The mother rode on a car with her son several cars behind another car that carried her daughter and her friends. The daughter was thrown out of the car and landed on the metal walkway that surrounded the ride.

The daughter stated that she felt her feet slipping and the girls were not doing anything to place themselves in danger or violating the requirements when entering and using the ride. The ride did not stop immediately after the accident as the operators were seemingly unaware that something had happened. The girl was unconscious when her mother got to her. She was taken to the hospital where she was found to have a broken nose and a cut on her forehead. The ride itself has a bar that is meant to hold the riders in place, but no seatbelts.

A child accident can happen at school, while playing sports, at an afterschool program, in a gym, on a school bus or, as in this case, at a fair. When there is an injury of the kind that this teen suffered, there can be problems that go beyond the broken bones and cuts. A head injury of any variety can have long-term ramifications that might not be fully known until much later. Given that the ride failed to have various safeguards beyond the bar and it did not stop immediately after the accident, the mother should make certain that she explores every avenue to be compensated and speak to a legal professional about filing a case.

Source:, "Girl, 14, breaks nose when flung from Florida fair ride," Nov. 6, 2017

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