Posted July 23, 2004, 10:31A | Contributed by eightdotthree
A Toledo man is suing over back injuries he said he received on the Antique Cars at Cedar Point amusement park when a kid bumped his car from behind. He seeks $25,000.
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July 23, 2004, 10:38A
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July 23, 2004, 10:50A
July 23, 2004, 10:59A
Was the guy getting out or in of the car?
Was the guy sitting all the way back like instructed to to?
Anyone know the max speed of the antiqe cars?
Does this mean I can sue on the Bumper cars every time I get SLAMMED into?
Something out of the ordinary seems to have had to happen. Because if it was the ordinary than it seems that we would see MANY antique cars shut down.
July 23, 2004, 11:09A
However if this ride has a warning advising people with back problems, then that arguement is void.
July 23, 2004, 11:13A
July 23, 2004, 11:22A
I'm growing tired of trial lawyers who use amusement parks, fast food joints, etc, as their own personal ATM machines. It really hurts those individuals that bring a lawsuit and have a valid, legitimate complaint.
July 23, 2004, 11:34A
July 23, 2004, 12:02P
If no one were willing to make ridiculous assertions in order to get a free ride through life, trial lawyers would have no business.
Something else to consider - if the case has no merit, then it won't be heard. So many times we read the headline about a ridiculous suit being brought against a company - but you rarely hear about it later, when the judge or the review board throws the case out as frivolous. For a case to be heard, multiple people in authority have to consider it at least reasonable.
July 23, 2004, 12:07P
July 23, 2004, 12:35P
While the anitque cars move slowly, they are a frequent cause of injuries. Check the injury listings for a state that records a wide variety of injuries. These cars are right at the top of rides with injuries, lots of neck and back strains due to bumping.
While fatalities are most common on high energy rides such a coasters, and fast moving flats; less severe injuries are most common on rides where the rider has some degree of control.
July 23, 2004, 12:45P
And back to the VP, I can think of a lot worse things in a VPs past...
July 23, 2004, 12:48P
That being said, $25,000 is not a lot considering his bills were more than that and he may just be trying desperately to find a way to pay them any way he can. I find it hard to believe the Antique Cars were responsible, but having a very bad back myself I can tell you that I have thrown out my back while brushing my teeth.
Of course that just tells you why this may be a little frivolous (or the act of a man who can't afford his bills piling up), because it was probably not the ride that caused the injury, just inflamed it. Still, I don't know for sure (and none of us are apt to find out), so I begrudgingly will have to side with Jeff on this one and say we should probably see how this plays out before passing any kind of judgement.
July 23, 2004, 1:28P
It seems like everyone is crying foul about trial lawyers these days...probably because the media makes money by inspiring outrage. I don't know how many trials take place each year, but I'm sure the outrageous ones we hear about are a small percentage of that.
July 23, 2004, 2:04P
And maybe the VP can somehow channel the injured parties back to the jury like he claimed to have channeled a unborn child in some of his lawsuits that he won.
July 23, 2004, 2:16P
July 23, 2004, 2:26P
But, if you want to see real mayhem, try operating a go-kart track where teenagers are driving like I did last year at SFA. I can think of several occasions where someone couldn't find the brake pedal and slammed into someone else, usually in the pit. Even with the over-the-shoulder seatbelts and lapbelt, some people still got hurt.
July 23, 2004, 4:08P
Anyway, as for the man's claims, unless he's never been on one of these types of rides, and unless there is no warning at the front of the line, and if there is, the man is dyslexic or illiterate, he probably has no case. I mean come on, you take a chance just waking up every morning.
As for the VPs, well, let's not go there...if I were to rant about what I think about all of the candidates...we'd be here all afternoon and probably get nowhere.