Barry Novack, a dedicated California lawyer, is demanding that the amusement park industry release data on thrill ride-related brain injuries. This lawyer, who has a Ph.D in engineering, has filed 12 suits against amusement parks in the past decade with ten of them involving brain injuries. The cases involve rides that impose force on the head and neck of the riders, and are more likely to cause injury when the ride travels backward. While this type injury is much more common than the public realizes, the industry has done a good job of keeping the data under wraps. In this regard, Novack says “what they put in the record as ‘headache’ turned out to be head bleed, and ‘neck pain’ turned out to be stroke.”
A hearing was held in Orlando, Florida on May 15th on a motion to force Walt Disney World Co. to disclose data on brain injuries resulting from its rides. The motion stems from a suit filed in 2002 on behalf of Marvin Cohen, a 68-year-old man who suffered a stroke after he went on the Tower of Terror at Disney MGM Studios in 1998. Novack has compiled reports from public and confidential sources of 65 cases involving head, neck and brain injuries on the Tower of Terror rides in California and Florida.
Similar motions have been filed against Six Flags theme parks in a suit filed on behalf of Michaela Maychrowitz, a seven-year-old who suffered a brain hemorrhage after riding the Hammerhead Shark ride at a Six Flags park near San Francisco in 2005. The child was temporarily paralyzed on her right side and still suffers from cognitive deficits as a result of the incident. Her doctors concluded that Micheala’s injuries were caused by the dynamics of the ride, which spins riders around and upside down in a circle. A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles has ordered Six Flags to provide information on all brain bleed and stroke claims for all of their high-thrill rides across the country. That is welcome news!
Source: Lawyers USA
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