Michigan's Adventure Chaos lawsuit settled

Posted Wednesday, August 13, 2003 5:54 AM | Contributed by supermandl34

A 16-year-old Portage girl and her family are the first to settle a lawsuit with Michigan Adventure amusement park over the collapse of Chaos back in July 2001. Her family will receive $40,000 for cuts to her knees that her attorney says are permanent.

Read more from WOOD/Grand Rapids.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2003 6:07 AM
Jeff's avatar I think that's a pretty fair settlement. I wonder what the other suits are asking for. I mean, if they were just trapped and scared, I hope they're not looking for the same kind of damages.

It's still easily the most bizarre accident I've ever seen.

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DELETED! What time does the water show start?

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Wednesday, August 13, 2003 7:10 AM
I don't know where the numbers came from, but it doesn't seem unreasonable. There's a real good chance that somebody didn't do his job on this one, because the manufacturer issued a bulletin warning about the precise cause of this failure...several months before the accident happened.

I think if I were a victim in that incident I'd want to know that the ride inspection procedures in that park had changed as a result.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2003 9:16 PM
What? That's like falling off your bike, getting scars from the cuts and scrapes and then go suing the manufacturer of the bike!
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Wednesday, August 13, 2003 9:19 PM
While I agree that there needs to be a settlement, I think $40 grand is a bit steep. I mean come on, $40,000 for scars and trauma?

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 5:01 AM
It's not really like falling off your bike - the operator of the bike is you, yourself. In this cas, the ride operator, Michigan's Adventure, was negligent, because they had been warned and took no precautions.

However, if your bike collapses under you (assuming that you are of normal size) due to sub-par manfacturing, then the party at fault is the manufacturer.

If you fall off your bike due to a lack of skill at riding or some other fault of your own, then you deserve no recompense. In this case, the girl did nothing wrong but get on a ride that was supposed to be running up to par, but the park didn't do everything it was supposed to, so she got hurt. The sum is small and quite reasonable.

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Harry Baer IV

"It's not going to stop 'til you wise up..."

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 5:04 AM
Actually I think it's more like having a defective weld fail on your bike, falling off and then suing the manufacturer of the bike.
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Jeff-Jeff
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Thursday, August 14, 2003 5:57 AM
Yeah, actually a better example, sticking with the bike analogy, although this is getting sticky...

Your friend buys a bike. The bike manufacturer tells your friend to tighten up the wheel nuts once a week to make sure the wheel doesn't fall off. Your friend doesn't, then loans you the bike so you can ride to the park. On the way there, the wheel falls off. You get banged up. You sue your friend.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 6:09 AM
Pushing this way too far, it's RideMan's example, except that you paid your friend for the privilege of using his defective bike. He didn't lend it to you. Since you paid him for it, he is liable, because he made a profit from you.

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Harry Baer IV

"It's not going to stop 'til you wise up..."

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 7:02 PM
Good point.

I was going to make it a bike rental, but I've rented enough crap bikes to know that you can't expect a rented bike to be properly maintained. :)

Hopefully your friend wouldn't intentionally put you on an unsafe bicycle.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Sunday, August 17, 2003 10:24 AM
CUTS, $40,000 is too much. If she isn't physically disabled that is steep.
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Sunday, August 17, 2003 10:21 PM
$40,000 isnt bad. This could of been a fatal accident and people could have died. If you think about it $40,000 isn't much considering that other people get a million dollars just for spilling coffe on themselves.
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