Woman files lawsuit against Kentucky Kingdom for alleged injuries

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008 9:21 AM | Contributed by Jason Hammond

A Bullitt County couple filed a lawsuit against Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom today claiming the woman broke her tailbone while riding the Tornado at the park last summer. The lawsuit alleges that Dawn Marie May was injured on Aug. 8 because of the park’s negligence in maintaining, inspecting and operating the ride.

Read more from The Courier-Journal.

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Friday, July 25, 2008 9:41 AM
Cough cough....What took her 11 months to report this? ...and the Six Flags Vultures are circling....
*** This post was edited by FLYINGSCOOTER 7/25/2008 9:47:35 AM ***
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Friday, July 25, 2008 10:38 AM
Jeff's avatar Are they talking about the Tornado slide? If so, I don't understand how you hurt anything on that. It's a water slide!
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Friday, July 25, 2008 10:41 AM
I'm calling BS on this. A broken tailbone on a funnel slide? What a cash grab...

Jerry

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Friday, July 25, 2008 10:42 AM
Ha, can't work huh? I broke off two inches of my tail bone and I'm just fine. Sure I can't sit in hardwood floors for two long, but how often do I do that?

This sounds like it's going to be a case of "He said She said". I don't know how you could have proof to back something up eleven months ago, but on the flip side, KK probably won't have any substantial evidence saying that she didn't get hurt. And with the accident that happened at the park, a court would probably believe that the park didn't keep it maintained.

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Friday, July 25, 2008 11:26 AM
A few years ago, I got a splinter on Thunder Run at SFKK. Can I have some money?...Oh brother.

Stories like this make me ashamed to be a Kentuckian.

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Friday, July 25, 2008 11:41 AM
They have no evidence that she didn't get hurt, aside from a few hundred thousand others who were able to enjoy the attraction without injury.
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Friday, July 25, 2008 11:52 AM
If she broke her tailbone, she would have needed help leaving the park and probably a life guard to pull her out of the water. I would think they would have to have some sort of paper work on a rescue of incident at the park.

Sounds to me like someone looking for some free cash!

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Friday, July 25, 2008 12:43 PM
sws's avatar I got a boo-boo and an owie at a park a few years ago. :( Can I have a few mill?
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Friday, July 25, 2008 12:48 PM
I can actually sympathize with her on this one to a point. I hurt my tailbone really bad on the funnel at another park last year and it is quite painful... still to this day even. It's not the type of injury that makes it so you can't do anything else though. Like she could have just walked away from the ride saying ouch and went on with the rest of her day (although very sore)

I don't think it's something worth sueing the park over but maybe they should put a warning on these rides that at the end of the drop when the raft hits the funnel you should pick your butt up a little to prevent this. Or maybe it's a design flaw with the raft entering at too steep of an angle, I don't know. I won't ride these anymore though.

It's been well over a year and mine is still very sore. I can't sit for long periods (which some jobs do require) and it's hard to ride a bike. Every once in a while riding a coaster aggravates it. I think all I did to mine was bruise it, but I never went to a doctor so I can't say for sure. It's an inconvenience but I wouldn't say that I wasn't able to work at all because of it. There's really no medical treatment for it other then getting it set into place again and waiting for it to heal.

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Friday, July 25, 2008 1:23 PM
Can you say "band wagon"....
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Friday, July 25, 2008 1:55 PM
MidwavePC's avatar How do you break a tailbone on a Tornado slide when you are in an inflated tube going down the water? Loss of control of the raft/tube, lower than normal water levels on the exit, or obesity....only one of three would be the park's fault.

I've felt the edges on the waterslide connections on my backside, and that was when i was 30lbs overweight. I am now at my lowest weight in 15 years, and the only aches I feel are the ones from the age and my work routine.

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Friday, July 25, 2008 3:41 PM
How about the tube was not entirely inflated? I wonder if it happened in the same place as it happened to me, when you drop out of the tunnel into the funnel. Right when you hit the bottom of the drop. I'm not saying it's something to sue over, just be aware that if your raft isn't fully inflated you could have this problem. And yes the more you weigh the more you will sink down into the raft.
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Friday, July 25, 2008 6:30 PM
Kick The Sky's avatar This is a bunch of bull. I broke my tailbone at a water park about a year ago. It was my own stupid fault for plopping down on the slide too hard, which is what she probably did.

That said, it has not kept me from working. In fact, I still have pain from it right now and I am doing martial arts training four to five times a week.

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