State fair accident victim settles for $1.7 million

An afternoon at the Ohio State Fair in July of 2017 quickly turned from family fun into unspeakable tragedy and permanent disability. An accident involving a ride at the Ohio State Fair caused one death and seven injuries. One of the victims who suffered catastrophic injuries is expected to receive a $1.7 million settlement.

A gondola on the Fire Ball ride at the fair broke loose during the evening. An 18-year-old was killed. Four others suffered critical injuries and were identified as catastrophic victims in court documents.

The settlement covers an 18-year-old woman who was treated at the accident for traumatic brain injury. She has not returned home since this accident and is currently receiving treatment at a critical care facility. Although she is apparently progressing, there is no prognosis that she will ever be self-supporting.

Her medical expenses have been over $455,000, according to court documents. After payment of attorneys' fees and other expenses, the victim will receive over $1.1 million. Half of these net proceeds will be deposited into a trust, while the other half will purchase an annuity that will make a lifetime monthly payment of $1,267 for the rest of her life. A court must still approve this settlement.

Attorneys for the four other catastrophic victims have been in coordinated settlement negotiations with three parties associated with this ride. These include its operator and two companies that inspected the Fire Ball. Filings indicate that these cases were settled with the ride operator and inspectors, subject to the approval of the court. These settlements, however, may not end lawsuits. The five catastrophic victims are considering the filing of legal claims against the Fire Ball's designer, manufacturer and supplier.

Negligence may involve numerous parties and extensive proof. An attorney can assist negligence victims with finding evidence and identifying the responsible parties for their injuries.

Source: 10TV, "State Fair accident settlement: Victim set to receive $1.7 million," Glenn Mcentyre, March 16, 2018

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