Two Children Injured in Ferris Wheel Accident
Two children were injured when they fell from a ferris wheel at the Chelsea Community Fair on the night of August 21, 2014. At approximately 8:20 PM, witnesses described seeing the children, an 8-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, falling 15-20 feet to the ground after their cab on the Ferris wheel tipped forward. Paramedics rushed the children to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. Fortunately, their injuries were not life threatening; the 8-year-old boy was released the next day and the 16-year-old girl was kept for further observation. Both are expected to make full recoveries.
The cause of the Ferris wheel accident is still being disputed. Rick Bonham, president of the Chelsea Community Fair Board, announced the ride had been inspected and deemed safe prior to the start of the fair. After the incident, North American Midway Entertainment, owner of the Ferris wheel in question, had the Ferris wheel re-inspected and found no signs of mechanical problems. The Ferris wheel was re-opened the day after the accident. The family of the injured children told WXYZ Detroit they believed the accident could have been prevented by safety bars in the cabs of the Ferris wheel. Investigators later claimed they suspected a crutch brought onto the ride by the 16-year-old girl may have gotten stuck in a way that caused the cab to tip.
Carnival rides can be fun, but all it takes is one person’s negligence for things go horribly wrong. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident that could have been prevented, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Many personal injury cases have a statute of limitations, meaning you have a limited amount of time to file your case. Don’t let that statute of limitations pass you by and miss out on the fair compensation you deserve! Contact a Michigan personal injury attorney today! The attorneys of the Law Offices of Goodwin & Scieszka have been fighting for people like you for over 27 years.