Settlement Reached in Carnival Ride Failure Lawsuit

Settlement reached in carnival ride lawsuitA $3.3 million settlement has recently been approved in a 2008 personal injury lawsuit, which made accusations of negligence against the manufacturer and current and previous owners of a defective carnival ride.

California couple Robert and Deena Milligan filed the lawsuit against Brass Ring Amusements, North American Amusements and Chance Rides Manufacturing, the current and previous owners of the ride and its manufacturer, respectively. The couple’s personal injury suit claimed that the Yo-Yo ride owned and produced by the defendants failed while five of the couple’s children were riding it at the 2008 Calaveras County Fair, allegedly leading to permanent brain injury for all five children, according to AppealDemocrat.com.

The California Department of Industrial Relations reportedly identified the defective part that caused the failure several months after the incident, but the department’s report did not address if any of the defendants in the personal injury lawsuit were responsible for the failure.

Chance Rides, the manufacturer of the ride, issued a bulletin mandating ride operators to correct the defect several months after the incident.

The organizers of the Calaveras County Fair said that the Yo-Yo ride failure was the first serious accident in the fair’s 80 year history, the Associated Press reports.