We have written extensively about the incident at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom where a ride malfunction severed a teenage girl’s feet. The owner of that amusement park has now filed suit against the manufacturer of the thrill ride. The suit claims the manufacturer, Intamin, should be held responsible for Kaitlin Lassiter’s injuries. As you may recall, the teenager was among those riding the Superman Tower of Power in 2007 when a cable snapped. The resulting accident severed both of Kaitlin’s feet. Doctors were able to reattach her right foot, but not her left one. She had to have some of her left leg amputated and had several subsequent surgeries.
The girl’s family sued the park, claiming owners failed to maintain the ride and equipment and ensure riders’ safety. Kentucky Kingdom denied liability. A trial is scheduled for January 5, 2010. In the lawsuit the park filed against three companies, Kentucky Kingdom claims the ride maker and those responsible for sending cable that was not correct are liable for “all or part of the injuries.” It will be most interesting to see how all of this works out. This is another example of the consequences of no regulation of an industry.
Source: Insurance Journal