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ARTICLE ID 143007

$________ Amusement park negligence - Dangerous and defective attraction - Child gets dragged underneath footbridge at attraction and sustains three inch facial scarring.

Cook County, Illinois

In this negligence matter, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant permitted a dangerous condition to exist at a free attraction which resulted in the infant plaintiff falling, being dragged underneath the attraction and getting badly cut. The defendant disputed the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries.

The plaintiff mother and her three children, including the three- year-old male plaintiff were spending the day in Chicago. While the mother was purchasing tickets for a Funhouse Maze attraction, her children entered a free attraction at the entrance to the funhouse. It was known as the "Outdoor Twirling Tunnel". The plaintiff’s five-year-old son came running from the amusement screaming that his younger brother, the plaintiff, was stuck. The mother entered the attraction, heard the plaintiff crying and found him on the side of the foot bridge lying on the moving circular wall. He was then dragged underneath the foot bridge where he was badly cut. The plaintiff minor suffered various injuries, including a severe laceration on his face extending from his mouth to his right ear. He also lost a few teeth. He was hospitalized for two days. He has a permanent three inch scar on his face as a result of the incident. The plaintiff incurred $________ in medical specials.

The plaintiff brought suit, alleging that the defendants were negligent. The defendants did not dispute liability, but disputed the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries.

The parties agreed to a settlement for the total sum of $________, consisting of payment of $________ from defendant, Amazing Chicago Ventures LLC, $________ from Chicago Scenic Studios and $________ from Jack Rouse Associates. It is reported to be the largest settlement in Cook County for a minor’s facial scarring from a laceration.

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