Two teens were tragically injured at St. Helena High School in Greensburg, Louisiana when they fell from the Zipper, a Ferris wheel-like ride Saturday evening. They fell 15 feet to the ground when the ride began moving while they were trying to disembark. They were flown to Our Lady Of The Lake Hospital.
The ride is reportedly owned and operated by a South Dakota carnival company. The ride has not been reopened, although investigation has not yet revealed any defects.
Our prayers go out to the injured teens for a full and quick recovery.
Hopefully this frightening event will trigger careful analysis by the operating company of its procedures for getting people safely off of its rides. If a company runs amusement rides for profit, it should be able to assure that all it’s customers need to fear is the intended thrill of the ride, not serious injury from the company’s failure to have in place or follow safe procedures.
Following graduation from Loyola Law School in New Orleans in 1990, Price McNamara served as a Federal Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable John M Shaw, Chief Judge, United States District Court Western District of Louisiana.
Mr. McNamara founded J. Price McNamara ERISA Insurance Claim Attorney, and began putting his past experience to work for the injured and disabled clients he now represents against the insurance companies in personal injury and long term disability and other insurance disputes in both federal and state courts