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Celebrity Personal Injury Cases

Celebrity Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury cases happen to everyone, including celebrities. Though the parties involved can be tight-lipped about the legal proceedings themselves, news sources still manage to dig up interesting information about these cases. From falling through trapdoors to getting hit with falling backdrops, celebrities and those close to them have suffered some serious injuries in the pursuit of fame. Adrian Bailey vs. Disney In 2008, a cast member of the Broadway performance of “The Little Mermaid” fell through a trapdoor. Adrian Bailey, the injured party, broke his back, pelvis, sternum, wrists, and foot. He said that there weren’t warnings about the trapdoor, which could have prevented him falling through. Lawyers filed several lawsuits, including one against Nicson, the manufacturer of the automated trapdoor, and one against Disney. Nicson was found not liable because “human error” and not a design defect was the reason the trapdoor was open. Brett Michaels vs. CBS In 2011, Brett Michaels, lead singer of the band Poison, sued CBS and the Tony Awards for an injury he sustained during a show in 2009. During the Tony Awards that year, he was exiting the stage at Radio City Music Hall, and a backdrop came down on his head. Michaels ended up with three stitches in his lip and a broken nose. He said that, though he asked for details on how to exit the stage, he didn’t have the right information, which is why the backdrop came down on him. In 2010, Michaels had a brain hemorrhage and felt the 2009 injury was part of the cause. Neither party in the lawsuit would give details about the...

Camel Pays Big Bucks in Personal Injury Case

The Virginia Safari Park in Natural Bridge, VA is a drive-thru zoo, which can give visitors a more personal experience with the animals and see them in their natural habitat. Earlier in the month, they also reached a settlement with a 10-year-old girl’s family after a camel bit her during their trip to the park. In May of 2015, the Holland family visited the park for a birthday party, but left with more than just a goodie bag. During their drive through the park, their young daughter had the window down in order to feed the animals and suffered serious injuries to her forearm after being bitten by the camel. After filing a personal injury case with the Virginia Safari Park, the Holland family will receive $155,000 as settlement for this case. Since the Holland’s daughter is not an adult, she will not receive any compensation until she is 18. Around $40,000 will go towards the medical expenses for her arm and trauma care. Once she turns 18, she will receive $10,000 and then after she turns 21 she will receive $1,000 each month for 12 years. In parks like these, customers are encouraged to drive with the windows down or ride on wagons in order to feed animals like zebra, llamas, and camels. This was one of the biggest reasons they were able to reach a settlement like this, the child and family did nothing wrong. The zoo is not reconsidering the drive-thru aspect of their park because this is one of the first incidents with these animals. Filing a personal injury case can be tiring, but worth...

Calypso Water Park in Hot Water after Their Latest Slip and Fall Lawsuit

Calypso Water Park is Canada’s largest water theme park, with 100-acres, there is fun for everyone. However, Rony Jermani, a hairstylist from Ottawa, has filed against Calypso Water Park claiming that he broke his ankle as he was exiting the children’s pool. Jermani is now attempting to sue the company for $3.2 million dollars for this slip and fall case. This case will be the largest claim sought against the Calypso Water Park company. Jermani states that he dislocated and fractured his left ankle from slipping on the steps that lead out of the children’s pool. He plans to sue the company because he thinks that the water park was careless since they didn’t install handrails and did not ensure that the pool surfaces were safe. Jermani is the owner of Rony Jermani Salon and Spa in Greenboro and claims that he is losing business because of this injury. Since the ankle did need surgery, he feels the pain in his ankle and the bottom of his foot that lowers his tolerance for walking too. In addition, he is not able to work as because of the tenderness while standing. Jermani says that the water park should have signs mentioning the danger of the pool surface and the steps for the wading pool. Jermani’s lawsuit is asking for $3 million for his future loss of business and $200,000 for his suffering and loss of life enjoyment due to the pain. Calypso Water Park believes that the claims are excessive and that the court will dismiss the case as it has with similar lawsuits in the past. This company has...

Deadly Attack at Amusement Park Sheds New Light on Liability

By now, the tragic news of the death of 2-year-old Lane Graves has made its way across the nation. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, his story will. On the night of June 14th, the toddler was attacked and killed by an alligator at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. The public’s reaction to Lane’s death was to show incredible compassion and support for the grieving family- some even shared photos of their family at the exact spot the child was attacked. Others have questioned whether his death could have been prevented with proper precautions. While most theme park injuries are the result of faulty rides, other injuries, like the attack suffered by Lane Graves, can occur on the grounds of amusement parks. One of the major misconceptions that often leads to injuries is that theme parks are inherently safe. People believe they are taking their family to a place that is devoid of any danger- and with good reason; Disney World has been dubbed by many as “the happiest place on earth.” However, children are the victims of about 50% of reported injuries at amusement parks. Most of the injuries that happen at theme parks are a result of the rides. Whether due to ride malfunction, improper operation, poor signage, or mechanical failure, injuries suffered at amusement parks can range from mild to serious.  These injuries can include everything from neck strains to broken bones, and aneurysms; some may result in fatalities. However, many injuries occur on theme park grounds. If the injury is a result of either negligence on behalf of the amusement park, or product liability, there is...

Theme Park Safety Tips

Theme parks are a great way to have fun as a family. There are rides that are suitable for everyone’s comfort level, delicious foods, and fun activities like parades and live shows. We’ve compiled a list of safety tips to keep in mind for your next theme park vacation to avoid any serious injuries and make for a memorable trip! 1. Wear Sunscreen When walking around all day in a huge theme park, it’s important to apply sunscreen 20 minutes before arriving, and reapply regularly. No one wants to deal with a stinging, itchy sunburn on their vacation. Set a timer on your phone to help you easily remember when it’s time to reapply.   2. Stay hydrated It’s important to keep yourself hydrated to avoid serious health issues that could wind up ruining your family vacation. Symptoms of dehydration can include dry mouth, dizziness, headaches, and confusion. To avoid these complications, have each member of your family or group carry a reusable water bottle and refill at water fountains often. You can even get a nifty one with a strap for hands-free fun!   3. Keep your health in mind If you have a known condition that could be agitated by intense rides, know your limits. If you’re prone to motion sickness or have high blood pressure, heart, back or neck pain, inner ear infections, or experience Claustrophobia, some theme park rides can present a health risk. Some roller coasters involve sudden turns or flips, fast speeds, and safety restraints that can agitate conditions. Roller coasters are also not recommended for women who are pregnant. If you have an...