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$________ Failure to maintain large slide at amusement park - Plaintiff descending slide with disabled daughter on lap strikes protrusion on fiberglass slide - Coccygodynia.

Erie County, Pennsylvania

The 29-year-old female plaintiff contended that the defendant amusement park negligently failed to properly inspect and maintain a long fiberglass slide on which participants would descend while sitting on a burlap bag, resulting in the presence of an approximate quarter-inch-long protrusion. The plaintiff maintained that she felt severe pain as she rode over this area.

The plaintiff introduced photographs of the area and maintained that the jury could observe the defect. The plaintiff contended that she was told by the defendant’s employee that she could have her young daughter sitting on her lap as she rode down, and maintained that the added weight could well have rendered the ride more dangerous, accounting for the absence of other recent, similar incidents. The plaintiff testified that she felt a shearing type of pain as she rode over the defect, and that when severe continuing pain in the coccyx area prompted an MRI, a mild misalignment was evident, which the plaintiff contended reflected trauma. The plaintiff claimed that she had no prior symptoms or treatment.

The plaintiff maintained that the trauma caused a very painful condition known as coccygodynia, which entails severe continuing pain in the coccygeal region. The plaintiff contended that she required a series of injections that were administered through the rectum in an unsuccessful attempt to improve the symptoms of the chronic pain syndrome stemming from the coccygodynia.

The plaintiff, who worked the field of medical billing earning $________ per year, maintained that she can’t sit for extended periods and has been unable to continue working at this job. The plaintiff is currently babysitting her sister’s child. The plaintiff, who indicated that she has had some improvement, did not contend that she will suffer permanent economic losses and argued that an award for five to six years for future lost wages would be appropriate.

The defendant denied that the ride was dangerous and pointed to the absence of any prior similar incidents. The defendant maintained that the findings on the MRI reflected a degenerative condition and were not related to the subject accident.

The jury found for the plaintiff and awarded $________ to the plaintiff and $________ to her husband for loss of consortium.

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