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Personal injury: 3 people injured in Ferris wheel accident

For people in New York, the decision to visit a carnival or circus is typically one filled with fun and excited. Unfortunately, a malfunctioning carnival ride can lead to a personal injury. The operating permit for one ride in another state has recently been revoked following an incident that sent three people to the hospital.

The incident happened on a Ferris wheel known as the Phoenix Wheel. According to reports, a car on the ride abruptly flipped, throwing its three riders out. Witnesses called the incident "violent," stating that it appeared that the riders were thrown up higher than the car itself.

The three victims reportedly fell approximately 15 feet, landing on a metal casing supporting the ride. All three were transported to the hospital, but two, a 7-year-old child and 47-year-old woman, were released the next day. The third victim, a 59-year-old woman, remains in the intensive care unit where she is listed in serious condition. She is expected to survive.

The ride cannot be used until the company that operates it obtains a new permit -- a process that involves an inspection of the ride. Those who are responsible for such rides are expected to ensure that they are safe to prevent incidents such as this that can lead to a serious personal injury. Many in New York who are injured in such a manner choose to pursue damages by filing a civil suit. A successfully presented suit could result in an award of damages that will help victims cope with the financial consequences of their injuries.

Source: CNN, "Ferris wheel accident: Ride permit revoked after 3 injured", Chuck Johnston, May 19, 2017

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