Girl plunges to her death from Ferris wheelFriday at Morey's Mariner's Landing Pier at New Jerseys Wildwood boardwalk, a young girl died after falling 100 feet from the Ferris wheel. The accident occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m.
The girl was transported to a nearby New Jersey hospital where she later died. Capt. Lynn Frane of the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office said details about the girls name and hometown have not been released.
Wildwood Police Capt. Robert Regalbuto told The Press of Atlantic City that the girl fell when the ride was approximately half-way up, and the ride was in motion. There was not any sign that the girl intentionally jumped from the ride or was engaged in horseplay. Police describe the event as a freak accident, but police continue to investigate the incident.
Friday the park was open for children who were attending the piers annual Education Extravaganza which is a day set aside for students and teachers.
Police have indicated that there did not appear to be any type of mechanical problems with the ride. They continue to question witnesses and to take additional evidence from the other passenger carts.
The popular Ferris wheel is estimated to be one of the largest on the East Coast, standing at approximately 156 feet tall. The Ferris wheel will remain closed until police complete their investigation, although other rides in the part have remained open for visitors.
Is this a personal injury or premise liability claim?
Is the owner of this park responsible for this girls death? No one will know for sure until the police conclude their investigation, but premise liability law outlines the set of laws that may make the land owner or park operators responsible for injuries caused to visitors while they are at the park.
Premise liability claims are generally won if the injured party can prove that they were injured on another persons property due to unsafe conditions. The most common premise liability claims include slips and falls, assaults, animal attacks and drowning.
Many premise liability injuries are minor, but serious injuries can occur and can cause head injuries, broken bones, burns, back injuries, and death. If you have suffered injury on another persons property because they failed to make their property safe, you may be able to file a premise liability claim and win compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering and medical costs.
More likely this case could become a products liability claim or a general negligence claim if the police conclude that the Ferris wheel was defective or the operator of the Ferris wheel was negligent.
Other common negligent and product liability cases include:
Oil field accidents
Injuries at State fair rides
Explosions of air compression systems
If the police conclude that someone elses negligence has caused this girls death, her family may file a claim and seek compensation for their loss. Both premise liability claims and personal injury claims must be filed within a specified time period.
Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
Personal injury law can be complicated, and you will need to prove certain elements of your claim to win. Do not wait to talk too long to talk to a personal injury lawyer. Waiting too long may eliminate your right to compensation