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Young girl injured at Ocean City pier

New Jersey residents and visitors enjoy outdoor activities during the warmer months. This often includes attending fairs, carnivals, theme parks and festivals. At these events, many will find several options for rides. Some might be the typical merry-go-round or a ferris wheel, but other rides can be fast and cause riders to toss and turn and even go upside down. No matter the type of ride, various dangers and risks are associated with any ride. A person could be strapped incorrectly or the ride could malfunction. Moreover, a negligent person such as the owner or operator could cause a rider to be seriously injured.

New Jersey State officials recently responded to an accident that involved a four-year-old girl being injured on a ride located at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in Ocean City. According to preliminary reports, the accident was due to operator error and the ride operator has been fired in response to this incident.

Details about the personal injury accident have not been reported at this time. State officials informed reporters that the young girl was on the platform of the Speedway ride when the incident occurred. The extent of her injuries was not reported at this time.

This ride accident is still under investigation and the ride operator, the owner and the park could face liabilities for this incident. The parents of the child could file a personal injury claim for the injuries their daughter suffered. Compensation could result from the suit and would go toward cost associated with the accident such as medical bills, damages and pain and suffering.

Going on rides at theme parks and fairs is a common activity but, when going on any type of ride, it is important that the riders know of any risks associated with it. Furthermore, those operating the rides should be properly trained and act with care while working the rides. If they fail to uphold a duty of care and are negligent, serious injuries and even death could follow.

Source: The Republic, “Girl injured, ride operator fired after accident in Ocean City,” Aug. 27, 2013

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