Posted Wednesday, June 18, 2003 4:34 AM | Contributed by CoasterAaron
A Cincinnati lawyer has filed suit against Paramount's Kings Island on behalf of a family that says the park should have warned of an approaching storm and lightning that struck Shawn Perkins and caused significant brain damage.
Read more from The Cincinnati Post.
Oh look, it appears it's going to rain. Am I going to go to my car, even though there's a chance I could be struck by lightning? Of course I will, because the chance is so remote that I don't even consider it. Chalk it up to dumb luck.
I suspect that King's Island has some type of equipment...be it radar, lightning detection, or computer aided forcasting. Cedar Point and other amusement parks do. The question is, what to do with that information? Beyond shutting down coasters and other tall rides I don't know what would be considered "due care".
If a park were to make a public address announcement that a storm was coming I suspect the odds are far greater that a person would be injured or worse in the insuing panic that would result in people rushing the gates or jamming themselves into indoor areas. I don't know of any park across the country that could accommodate every single visitor inside in the event of a storm. I don't know of any public parks for that matter like baseball/soccer fields that could provide enough shelter. What do they do at a PGA tour event with thousands of people in the gallery?
Let's say the park gave a warning and the people all huddled in a gift shop. If that gift shop was struck by a bolt, caught on fire, and people were hurt would the park then still be held responsible?
It is a sad story but it was an "act of God" and I don't know any company or individual who can control that.
A huge storm blows up, the park gives a warning, and encourages people to take shelter under the roof of a ride pavilion, and the storm picks that roof up and drops it...........
Well, we've been there already, haven't we?
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
susie said " the coaster scared me so much that I can't think about anything but that, and I dream of coasters at night".........
never met a coaster I didn't ride (except Junior Geminii)
That is exactly what I was thinking but I didn't say anything. Take a park like Animal Kingdom. Even if they could notify all of the people that a storm was coming, where would they all go?
It's kinda like a slip and fall--it happened on your property, therefore we're going to sue you--but even your average Joe can see it's pretty freakin' silly.
Kudos to the keen-eyed reporter who spotted the court filing and alerted the public to this ambulance-chaser's idiocy. I'm sure this dork was looking for a quiet settlement instead of having JACKASS stamped on his forehead.
The CPlaya 100--6 days, 9 parks, 47 coasters, 2037 miles and a winner.....LoCoSuMo.
BIG MEAN RICH PARK----vs----poor little patron! BIG MEAN RICH PARK must pay poor little patron! Everybody seems to want something for nothing. And apparently there are juries, lawyers, judges, and politicians out there more than willing to support this type of behavior!
I'm not saying this will happen in this case, but think about it---would you really be that surprised if it does?
Give me wood or give me B&M! :-)
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And actually, if you are in your car you're surrounded by metal and safe, provided you aren't touching any part of the outside of the car. Saw this great demonstration at Boston's science museum where they had a lightning generator. The operator was in a bird cage in the middle, and he touched the inside of it as it was struck repeatedly by electrical blasts. Pretty neat to see.
And lawyers wonder why they aren't liked. Pretty much tells you why you're paying close to $50 to visit an amusement park, doesn't it?
Scooby Doo and The Haunted Castle...MUCH more fun when you have ride partners!!!
Of course, if we use this standard, shopping malls will have to lock the doors when a storm approaches. This will then result in law suits for kidnapping, unlawful arrest, or some such.
My sympathy goes out to the victem and his family, but I feel that the park is not to fault. Often families that sue in this type of case are not really greedy. They are in pain and facing the costs of a lifetime of care for the injured. As for the lawyers, that's often another story.
Perhaps Kings Island mistakenly thought that the huge dark clouds, sounds of distant thunder, and the rain falling on their heads was warning enough that a storm was there oops guess not
KIMBERLY LAKE INC.
This was not meant to be taken serious.
Please visit the small parks. We don't know what's happening behind the scenes
Thor-Guard, in lay terms, measures the ions in the air for a certain radius of the property. As the ions go up or increase activity, the system anticipates possible or probably lightning and then sets an alarm to warn patrons to seek shelter. At an open park or golf course people run for shelter or cars.
It is relatively new technology but I have been around it for 5 years and I can tell you that it is far short of perfect. The kicker is I sometimes see lightning before the alarm goes off so what do you do then?
The bottom line is that bad things happen sometimes that no one has control over. If I get attacked by a gator should I be able to sue the State of Florida for allowing gators to live in the Everglades?
This abuse of the court system has got to stop.*** This post was edited by wahoo skipper 6/18/2003 11:58:32 AM ***
And if King's Island was aware there was lightning in the area, it is 99.9% sure that they closed the rides. Thus, they DID warn the customers of the storm. At any park, massive ride closure means upcoming storm..........and if the rides were closed due to the weather and the family chose to go to their "big metal object", whose fault is that??????????? So now it is the park's responsibility to make common sense announcements for the people who do not have any? I guess it should be the parks resposiblity to tell anyone that their shoes are untied so they do not trip.........
Our current legal system makes me sick. I feel sorry for the kid. Not only for his pain, but having a family that wants to profit from his pain.
*** This post was edited by super7 6/18/2003 12:03:10 PM ***
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