Fox 8 News reported this week on an injury lawsuit that was filed late last year against the Cleveland Indians. The suit stemmed from the death of a fan killed after a equipment malfunction at the team’s ballpark.
The victim, a 54-year old father, died after visiting the team’s baseball stadium last June. The man was there to visit a tribute that was set-up to honor well-known area baseball players. However, while walking around the exhibits a large inflatable slide came unanchored and fell on top of him. The slide was 25 feet tall and weighed over 400 pounds. According to the wrongful death lawsuit the man suffered several back fractures from the accident. After receiving some treatment at the nearby clinic, the man was released. He returned home and died the following week from complications from those injuries. His specific cause of death was listed a pulmonary embolism.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture has already conducted an investigation into the event, explaining that safety violations were found. During the day of the event at the ballpark, the weather was noticeably windy. However, the slide was not anchored. In addition, there was intended to be only 2-3 children using the slide at once, but 6-7 were actually on the ride at the time.
The family reports that it did not intend to file an injury lawsuit, but it was unable to receive any support from the negligent parties in paying for medical and burial expenses. The victim’s widow explains that the death has devastated the family-she is now raising the couple’s two teenage girls alone.
Our Chicago injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti believe that proper safety measures must be a priority in events of this type. The margin of error is often razor thin with large dangerous rides. All mistakes typically have deadly consequences.
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