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Girl Killed After Being Thrown Off Amusement Ride at New Jersey Festival

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A 10-year-old girl was killed after being ejected from an amusement ride the night of Oct. 12. According to a report in the Daily Journal, state police say the girl was flung from the amusement ride “Xtreme” at the annual Deerfield Township Harvest Festival. She sustained major injuries in the fall. The girl was airlifted to a regional hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly afterward. Several children reportedly saw the girl take the fall. Our hearts go out to the family of this child for their terrible loss.

Ongoing Investigation

Officials said Skelly’s Amusements, which provides the rides at the four-day festival, has handled rides for the event for three years. A spokesman for the company said this was the first fatal for the company in all these years. In a Facebook statement the company announced that it is fully cooperating with the investigation being conducted by the state police and the Carnival and Amusement ride unit with the Department of Community Affairs.

The entire amusement area was shut down after this incident. The DCA later cleared Skelly’s to operate all other amusement rides at the festival except for the “Xtreme” ride. But the company opted not to operate the other rides. The investigation into this incident is ongoing.

Ride Accidents

According to a study published in the journal, Clinical Pediatrics, between 1990 and 2010, 92,885 children under the age of 18 were treated in U.S. emergency departments for amusement ride related injuries. More than 70 percent of the injuries occurred during the warm summer months of May through September, amounting to over 20 injuries a day during these months. The most common injuries suffered by children in ride accidents include head and neck injuries, arm injuries, facial injuries, soft tissue injuries, strains and sprains, cuts and fractures.

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) points out that rollercoaster deaths are extremely rare. Their 2017 Ride Safety Report that surveyed U.S. and Canadian amusement facilities found that there were 0.62 injuries per million rides in 2017. An estimated total of 1,035 injuries took place on rides during the same year with about 10 percent of the injuries requiring immediate hospitalization for over 24 hours. Most injuries happened on family and adult rides, followed by roller coasters and children’s rides.

A 2013 study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital researched injuries in children in relation to rides at fixed-site amusement parks, mobile rides at fairs and festivals, and rides found at local malls, arcades, stores, or restaurants. In these accidents, head and neck injuries were the most common followed by arms, face and legs. Soft-tissue injuries were also the most prevalent followed by strains and sprains, cuts and broken bones.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

There are a number of parties that may potentially be held liable for the injuries and losses that occur in these types of tragic accidents. It is important for the investigation to look into why the accident occurred especially whether the lack of maintenance on the part of the ride’s operator or an error on the part of the operator was a factor. In such cases, the ride operator, carnival operator, property owner and other involved parties may be held liable.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence (carelessness) or wrongdoing, or if you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by negligence (carelessness), the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.

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Source: https://www.thedailyjournal.com/story/news/local/2019/10/14/hailey-mcmullen-killed-amusement-ride-deerfield-festival/3977167002/

Worker Electrocuted at New Jersey Construction Site

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One worker suffered fatal injuries and another was critically injured in a New Jersey construction accident after both were electrocuted while building scaffolding at the worksite the morning of Oct. 11. According to a report on NJ.com, a third worker was hospitalized with burns not considered life threatening. All worked for a siding company subcontracted […]

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Several People Injured in Brooklyn Car Accident

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Four people were injured in a chain-reaction car accident in Brooklyn after two vehicles were involved in a collision. According to a CBS New York news report, police say a white vehicle and red vehicle crashed at the intersection of 54th Street and Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park. Witnesses told CBS2 that one of the […]

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New Jersey Schools to Increase Frequency of Lead Testing

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Public schools in New Jersey will be required to test their water for lead twice more than at present and share the results on a new state database. According to an Associated News report, these guidelines were announced Oct. 7 keeping up with a series of measures spurred by the recent water crisis in Newark. […]

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NTSB Issues New Safety Recommendations for Limousines

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A year after the New York limousine crash that left 20 people dead, federal investigators have issued new safety recommendations for limousines seeking to improve the dangerous seating issues connected to that deadly crash. According to a USA Today news report, the safety measures focus on the existing lack of lap and shoulder seatbelts and […]

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Worker Seriously Injured in Manhattan Construction Accident

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A construction worker was hospitalized with serious injuries after being hit on the head by rocks in Manhattan. According to a Pix11.com news report, the construction accident occurred the afternoon of Oct. 7 at a worksite near West 21st Street and Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District. Police had said a vehicle hit the construction […]

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10 People Injured in Major Apartment Building Fire in the Bronx

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Ten people were injured in a multi-alarm fire that broke out inside a six-story apartment building in the Bronx the night of Oct. 4. According to an NBC New York news report, the fire started inside the apartment building located on Grand Concourse in the Mount Eden section of the Bronx. FDNY officials said the […]

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Wall Street Scaffolding Collapse Traps Workers

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Two construction workers became stuck on the eighth floor of a building in the Financial District after a scaffolding collapse sent debris falling to the street below the afternoon of Sept. 30. According to news reports, the workers were brought down by firefighters and emergency medical personnel evaluated them for injuries. The building was at […]

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New York City Workers Getting Involved in More Injury Crashes

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A new report shows that city employees are getting into more preventable and injury-causing car accidents while driving their taxpayer-funded government vehicles. According to a report on Streetsblog.com, the annual Mayor’s Management report shows that the number of car accidents where the city driver was determined to be at fault increased in fiscal year 2019 […]

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New Report Says City Did Not Check for Lead Paint in Homes

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The New York City comptroller has issued a scathing account of how the city did not check for lead paint at 9,099 private residential buildings were 11,168 children tested positive for high levels of lead between 2013 and late 2018. According to a report in The New York Times, while the city’s Department of Health […]

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