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Amusement park claims no responsibility for death

Anyone in Georgia who visits amusement parks might be interested in a lawsuit over a death on a roller coaster. The family of a 52-year-old woman killed after falling from a roller coaster at an amusement park has sued for over $1 million. However, the amusement park denied that it was liable for a woman's death. It claimed that its roller coaster was not a dangerous property.

Nevertheless, the family claimed the amusement park was liable. They said the woman's death was caused by a malfunctioning safety system on the ride, which resulted in her falling from the ride at Six Flags Over Texas. The family sued both the park and its corporate parent. Their suit alleged that problems were found with the ride's safety restraint, as well as a system designed to prevent the roller coaster from moving until each passenger was properly secured.

The ride is 14 stories high at its peak. The park installed it in 1990 and closed it in 2009 for a two-year, $10 million renovation. Company officials claimed there were no hazardous conditions on the ride. To support their assertion that they should not be held liable, the company cited the renovation and an inspection a few months before the accident that found the ride met requirements of both the manufacturer and the government.

Mechanical devices, such as safety systems, can malfunction and result in serious injury. However, business and property owners usually fight claims for compensation for damages, such as medical bills or lost wages, or try to minimize them. A premises liability lawyer could analyze the case and help an injured person, or their family, to decide if it was in their best interest to pursue a lawsuit for damages. A lawyer may help to pursue a case through settlement or litigation, if necessary.

Source: CNBC, "Six Flags Over Texas denies liability for woman's death", October 08, 2013

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