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Injured boy's family plans to sue Adventureland -

There are 19 comments on the Newsday story from Aug 16, 2007, titled Injured boy's family plans to sue Adventureland -. In it, Newsday reports that:

Days after a 6-year-old boy's hand was mangled at Adventureland in East Farmingdale, his family is planning to sue the park, their attorney said yesterday.

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A Concerned Carnie

King Of Prussia, PA

#1 Aug 16, 2007
These rides from time to time will eat a kid or two. It's the nature of the Amusement Beast. If you want an omelet you gotta bust a few eggs. If one kid is gets his hand gnawed on by a ride while thousands of others have a good time, So what!!! Put a hook on the end of his nub and buy him a boat but don't ruin my day at the park.

“Back & Better Than Ever”

Since: Dec 06

East Meadow, New York

#2 Aug 16, 2007
Kids these days are made out of cream cheese. I got kicked in the face on the gravitron when I was a kid by some idiot turning upside down next to me. The ride stopped and my face was full of blood, I wiped it off and went on the next ride. Parents, stop making your kids pussies!
CBunny

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Aug 16, 2007
Why should the park staff have to watch HER kid? You'd think on something like that she'd be there holding his hand so he wouldn't fall. I don't think the park should be blamed because of inattentive parents. I'm sorry the little boy was injured, but I'm so tired of hearing these parents point the finger at others when their children are injured and they themselves are nowhere near the child, watching & protecting.
Kevin

AOL

#4 Aug 16, 2007
Let me see if I undertsand this....the last woman mentioned in the article was saying to her husband that they should close the place down for a short period because of the accidents....and she is saying this as she watches her grnadchildren on the ride? If you're so concerned, wouldn't you keep your kids off of it?

Either way, I agree with East Meadow Girl, these things happen. It's part of growing up. You go aout and be active, you are going to get banged up a bit. It was obviously an accident, the kid's hand happened to go where it should not have been. Why is everything a huge payday for parents, each time little precious gets a damn injury?

“JUST TELLIN' IT LIKE IT IS”

Since: Aug 07

GREAT RIVER, LONG ISLAND,NY

#5 Aug 16, 2007
Sue,sue, sue that's what it's all about. Is the kid gonna be scarred for the rest of his life? I doubt it. They did'nt even mention if he got stiches!
Bob

Buffalo, NY

#6 Aug 16, 2007
Why isn't the family responsible for supervising their child on the ride?

Law suits like this don't result in safer rides or attractions, they result in venues like Adventureland having to close down due to spiraling insurance premiums.

I would never let my six year old go on such a ride unsupervised. And if he fell and hurt himself the most I would expect from the venue would be to have the out-of-pocket medical expenses be picked up.

Since: Dec 06

massapequa, long island

#7 Aug 16, 2007
JFAS wrote:
Sue,sue, sue that's what it's all about. Is the kid gonna be scarred for the rest of his life? I doubt it. They did'nt even mention if he got stiches!
no but they did say that the skin was ripped off his hand. and that it went to the bone. but no they didn't say anything about stitches.
i am not one for the BS lawsuits, but this one is going to the kid.
Tommy

Holtsville, NY

#8 Aug 16, 2007
Charlie was at the park with his mother and sister, who immediately rushed to his aid and yanked his bloodied hand from the crevice, Woycik said. Skin was ripped to the bone in spots along the side of the boy's hand in what Woycik called a "degloving injury" where the skin was stripped off, and for now, he has lost mobility.

WHY DID YOU YANK HIS HAND? ARE YOU A MORON!?!
Jay Hess

Northport, NY

#9 Aug 16, 2007
Not much to say here. The park is at fault - the kid was on the ride, walking through, and not doing anything out of the ordinary. He tripped and fell, and got his hand caught in an awkward gap. Whoever designed that attraction needed to be more aware of hand traps for little hands. Very similar to the current requirement on cribs that slats can't be more than 1 1/2 inches (or so) apart, and the mattress needs to be just so high and fit snugly. A little bit of planning can go a long way to avoid most problems.

Overall, Adventureland may be operating within the law, but they really do need to review each ride carefully, and overhaul them to make them safer for everyone. More fail-safes on roller coasters, stronger straps on spinning rides, better guards for foot and hand traps - and a few more attendants - would be a good idea.

Now, some might say that all this costs money, and if they did this, they would have to raise their prices. Okay, I can live with that. I'd pay $5 more a kid to know that the park really is safe and doing all they can to make sure it stays that way.

This lawsuit is a wake-up call to Adventureland. They're just not doing enough to keep it safe. It really is a nice, local place to take the kids for the day - but if they don't get their act together, "is" will become "was", and no one will come anymore.
booker t

Morristown, NJ

#10 Aug 16, 2007
By nature these places are dangerous. Why wasn't mommy holding that boys hand through the 'ride'?

Responsibility, liability...why is it always someone elses responsibility?
I never brought my kids to these mom and pop places because they operate on a shoestring budget.
Ruth

Hicksville, NY

#11 Aug 16, 2007
Because everybody is looking for a lawsuit these days.

Its a new form of Lotto.
Ruth

Hicksville, NY

#12 Aug 16, 2007
I've had bad experiences at amusement places, so I no longer go there. Thank God I was not permanently damaged. There but for the grace of God go I.
Former Worker

Fairfield, CT

#13 Aug 16, 2007
I worked at the park the past few summers so I can give a little insight into the ride. First off the reason the mother wasn't holding his hand on the ride is because the height limit is under 60 inches (there's a covered slide at the end). Parents CAN accompany a kid if they want, they just either need 3 tickets ($3 now) or a bracelet ($24 for unlimited rides) to go on with them, which you could argue either way on.
As far as the ride itself, it's very old and last year if I recall correctly there was a problem where the metal plates didn't go up and down, so the kids just walked through. Obviously it was fixed and from the description in the article it sounds like it was one of those flukes that could've happened any year at any time.
If the operator did respond as quickly as the article claims then he/she deserves some kudos especially since usually the beginner workers end up doing it since it doesn't get any more basic.

Since: Dec 06

massapequa, long island

#14 Aug 17, 2007
Former Worker wrote:
I worked at the park the past few summers so I can give a little insight into the ride. First off the reason the mother wasn't holding his hand on the ride is because the height limit is under 60 inches (there's a covered slide at the end). Parents CAN accompany a kid if they want, they just either need 3 tickets ($3 now) or a bracelet ($24 for unlimited rides) to go on with them, which you could argue either way on.
As far as the ride itself, it's very old and last year if I recall correctly there was a problem where the metal plates didn't go up and down, so the kids just walked through. Obviously it was fixed and from the description in the article it sounds like it was one of those flukes that could've happened any year at any time.
If the operator did respond as quickly as the article claims then he/she deserves some kudos especially since usually the beginner workers end up doing it since it doesn't get any more basic.
2 weeks ago i took my family there. and two weeks ago my kids went on this ride. and two weeks ago, there was no sign for hieght restrictions on this ride. if there were, there was no way my daughter would have been allowed on it without me. but she was and did go on it.
i know this park is very strict about their hieght restrictions and saftey record. but there was no such restriction on this ride.
CRL

Newark, CA

#16 Aug 18, 2007
East Meadow Girl wrote:
Kids these days are made out of cream cheese. I got kicked in the face on the gravitron when I was a kid by some idiot turning upside down next to me. The ride stopped and my face was full of blood, I wiped it off and went on the next ride. Parents, stop making your kids pussies!
That's true, but come on, Disneyland isn't supposed to be Ow-My-Hand-Land!
Spanky

Bronx, NY

#17 Aug 19, 2007
Out of the thousands of people who visit the park every day one kid gets hurt and the Parents think they're gonna send their Kid to college on Adventureland's tab? I think that the Insurance Company's Lawyers are going to drag this out for a very long time just to see how bad little Charlie's boo boo really is.
Jessica

Hamden, CT

#18 Aug 29, 2007
dan p wrote:
<quoted text>
2 weeks ago i took my family there. and two weeks ago my kids went on this ride. and two weeks ago, there was no sign for hieght restrictions on this ride. if there were, there was no way my daughter would have been allowed on it without me. but she was and did go on it.
i know this park is very strict about their hieght restrictions and saftey record. but there was no such restriction on this ride.
I worked at Adventureland for 8 years. Most of the rides do infact have the height requirement charts. If I remember correctly this particular ride does not provide a chart. Rather the ride operator stands at the entrance to this ride and measures kids on a wooden pole, or wooden something coming out of the ground and their is a red line painted on this wooden support. Anyone taller than the red line is not allowed on the ride, unless it is a parent of a small child going on the ride.
Charlie_demarco

Bronx, NY

#19 Dec 30, 2015
Hey this is Charlie,hat event in my life was very tromitizing for me and their is still a giant scar on my right hand
Charlie_demarco

Bronx, NY

#20 Dec 30, 2015
Btw I did get stiches

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