Dollywood sued after woman falls from ride

Posted Friday, January 2, 2015 10:45 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A woman’s brain injury from a headfirst fall from a ride at Dollywood was caused by a mix of sleet and rain that made the ride “dangerously slick” and a lack of adequate safety measures, according to a lawsuit against the Tennessee theme park’s operators. Once the Brown family’s ride had stopped, Tedi Brown thought the ride was over and lifted her lap bar to exit her seat, it said. She quickly realized the seats were too high to exit safely but lost her grip on the lap bar due to the slick conditions, the suit said.

Read more from The Jackson Sun.

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Friday, January 2, 2015 10:49 AM

Does TN have a rider responsibility law, and would that help the park out at all? I assume if this particular ride is like any other, you start and end with your feet touching the ground. I just don't understand how any person with even a shred of survival instinct tries to get out of the seat before you're touching the ground.

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Friday, January 2, 2015 11:09 AM

This is also a case of a restraint system on hundreds of similar rides that has functioned properly for no telling how many decades.

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Friday, January 2, 2015 11:18 AM

Unless one rides the ride blindfolded, how could she not know she was too high to exit safely? Ten feet off the ground is a distance one shouldn't need to "quickly realize".

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Friday, January 2, 2015 11:33 AM

slithernoggin said:

Unless one rides the ride blindfolded, how could she not know she was too high to exit safely? Ten feet off the ground is a distance one shouldn't need to "quickly realize".

Because, she's probably like most of the guests at DW, and can't see the ground because her stomach protrudes to far

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Friday, January 2, 2015 11:50 AM

What's with the generalizing lately, Creditwhore? "Only overweight people go to Dollywood?" Seriously?

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Friday, January 2, 2015 11:55 AM

People see what they want/expect to see. If you think only overweight people go to Dollywood/Old Country Buffet/Big Lots/NASCAR/what have you, then you're going to notice the people who fit your preconception, not the ones that don't.

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Friday, January 2, 2015 1:50 PM

IT seems that the lady was looking for a cash payout/ From what I understand is that you have to unbuckle the latch and then raise the bar up. IF you feet don't touch the ground then don't exit the ride. They was at ski resort the other day. IF she has a brain injury then why is she at the ski slopes. Does it take some intelligence to ski.

Creditwhore, I resent that remark about people who are overwieight go to Dollywood.

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Friday, January 2, 2015 1:52 PM

Realize for one second how it's almost odd that this didn't happen in FL (see: Tampa celebratory gunfire thread).

Then remember that the woman involved was *from* FL, and you can relax, because all is right with the world.

My adopted home state....SMH.

Last edited by rollergator, Friday, January 2, 2015 1:53 PM
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Friday, January 2, 2015 2:02 PM

Flori-duh! America's Ding Dong®!

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Friday, January 2, 2015 4:34 PM

This explains why the now are constantly saying something like "stay seated until you are told it is ok" while the swing ride lowers after it stops turning. I thought this was silly that they say it more than once as it is common sense to stay in the seat until it stops lowering, but that's why.

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Friday, January 2, 2015 6:58 PM

If everybody had it, they'd call it "universal sense."

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Friday, January 2, 2015 9:00 PM

It's a Wave Swinger, found at most amusement parks and county fairs. Could it be that she is one of the few people in this country that hasn't seen one ?

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Friday, January 2, 2015 9:30 PM

While we're quick to point fingers at the "victim" looking for the cash payout, let us not forget the Kevin Kurgis' of the world, scoping out these people so that they can support their parasitic lifestyles.

My first guess would be that some level of intoxication was involved. Followed quickly by sheer stupidity, or a mix of both. In either case, I hope it (the lawsuit) doesn't work out.

After all, if she called Kevin, he doesn't get paid, until she gets paid.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015 12:40 PM

This so-called injury happened a year ago if I am not mistaken. Why wait a year before trying to cash in when all the evidence is dried up.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015 12:42 PM

Jeff said:
Flori-duh! America's Ding Dong®!

That's awesome! We used to call Pennsylvania "The Armpit State"...

OhioStater said:
While we're quick to point fingers at the "victim" looking for the cash payout, let us not forget the Kevin Kurgis' of the world, scoping out these people so that they can support their parasitic lifestyles...

...After all, if she called Kevin, he doesn't get paid, until she gets paid.

Better call Saul!

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Saturday, January 3, 2015 2:45 PM

Screamlord said:

This so-called injury happened a year ago if I am not mistaken. Why wait a year before trying to cash in when all the evidence is dried up.

My guess is there was a one-year limitation on filing a civil case - wait too long, and you get nothing regardless. Many times, cases are filed *just in time*...

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Saturday, January 3, 2015 7:10 PM

Gator, she waited too long since the statute of limitations is one year for personal injury. I bet she got some bad advice and which she had filed back in January of last year.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015 9:38 AM

What ride did she fall from?

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Sunday, January 4, 2015 9:50 AM

As stated in the linked article, it was the Waltzing Swinger.

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